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Environ Manage. 1999 Jul;24(1):1-12.

FORUM: Bioregional Conflict Resolution: Rebuilding Community in Watershed Planning and Organizing.

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  • 1Ocean and Coastal Policy Center, Building 445, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA


/ Watershed-based planning has been held as a vanguard for integrated ecosystem management based on a collaborative process. Watershed managers, however, must contend with conflicts that run much deeper than interests for economic development versus sustaining ecosystem health. With data from a survey of members of watershed organizations, we characterize the valued-based conflicts that watershed managers are likely to face in planning. We propose that utilizing collaborative decision-making strategies is important, but successful long-term watershed planning requires rebuilding a community-based infrastructure that can support important social and bioregional networks and partnerships.KEY WORDS: Conflict resolution; Watershed planning

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