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Workshop on Techniques for Socio-Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Context of REDD+


The proposed climate change mitigation mechanism, Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), has the potential to generate an important stream of financial resources to conserve and sustainably manage remnant tropical forests and promote rural development. The implementation of the mechanism, however, could result in conflicts over land, forest and carbon tenure, as well as distribution of benefits and non-compliance with obligations and responsibilities. Therefore, the successful development of REDD+ is going to require that relevant groups, including government agencies, NGOs, civil society groups and businesses, have the knowledge and tools to resolve disputes.

This workshop is part of the project Establishing a New Inter-cultural Society for REDD+: A Case Study of Panama, led by STRI in coordination with McGill University and other partners. Once this event concludes, a subset of the participants will create a working group that will meet periodically over the following months to develop a proposed mechanism for resolving REDD+ conflicts.


Day 1

  • Welcoming remarks and presentation of participants
  • Introduction to the Packard Project, Establishing a New Inter-cultural Society for REDD+: A Case Study of Panama
  • Natural resource management, climate change and tropical torests.
  • Introduction to REDD+
  • What is conflict, how does it develop and evolve, and which are key methods to address and resolve them?
  • Environmental conflict: why is it different and which are its special features?
  • Cultural aspects and communication methods: how do these affect conflicts?
  • Communication methods and techniques: how are these used to improve interactions among parties?

Day 2

  • Demonstration of communication methods
  • Practice to improve communication
  • Round tables – facilitated dialogues y real case studies from other countries
  • Identification of stakeholders involved in the conflict
  • Definition of interests, expectations and needs of the various parties with respect to the conflict
  • Identification of possible sources of the conflict (perspectives from government, civil society and private enterprise).
  • Development of potential solutions to the conflict (employing conflict resolution techniques).
  • Discussion about the next steps of the Packard Project