Wondering if this new found desire to
collaborate isn't just a slick way for the Corp of Engineers to
manage and out organize the public's opposition to their many destructive
projects. This new process assumes the Corp gives a damn about 1. the public 2.
water quality 3. habitat 4. communities.
Wondering if this new found desire to collaborate isn't just a slick way for the Corp of Engineers to manage and out organize the public's opposition to their many destructive projects. This new process assumes the Corp gives a damn about 1. the public 2. water quality 3. habitat 4. communities.
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ESTABLISHES NEW CENTER OF EXPERTISE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The CPC will support training and outreach programs and provide consultation and technical assistance across USACE. It will also maintain a directory of USACE and external experts and techniques in environmental conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution.
The CPC’s mission is to help Corps staff anticipate, prevent and manage water conflicts ensuring that the interests of the public are addressed in Corps decisions.
The CPC is created in the context of increased Corps attention to collaborative processes. The Joint Memorandum on Environmental Conflict Resolution issued in 2005 directed Federal agencies to “increase the effective use of environmental conflict resolution (ECR)and build institutional capacity for collaborative problemsolving.” Executive Order No. 13352 of August 2004 promotes “facilitation of cooperative conservation”, and EC 1105-
2-409 dated 31 May 2005 discusses “planning in a collaborative environment.”
Furthermore, one of the goals of the recently refreshed Corps Campaign Plan is to "deliver enduring and essential water resources solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders."
CPC answers these directives by increasing the use and effectiveness of collaborative planning tools. Key center services include training, consultation services, and reference materials to assist Corps HQ and field offices to manage conflicts and implement collaborative approaches. This includes “Shared Vision Planning,” a participatory process that merges stakeholder collaboration with interactive computer modeling and software.
Additional information, including resources for public involvement and alternative dispute resolution, is available online at http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/cpc/. See, also, IWR's press release at http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/inside/news/20081029.cfm
To speak with center staff about a particular conflict or public involvement project, contact Hal Cardwell, at 703-428-9071, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Placht at 703-428-6242, email@example.com.