Professor of Geography Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon
"Water Conflict Management & Transformation” offers an opportunity for water resources professionals regardless of background to learn about current and leading-edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations. It explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management, and transformation through collaborative structures as well as through models of negotiation and dialogue. Water management is conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water conflict management, including dispute mitigation, transformation, and resolution. To address these needs, the instructors have designed a highly interactive approach to capacity-building, including theoretical approaches, case studies, role plays, and serious gaming. The goal of this course is to broaden the scope of approach to the conflicts inevitable in the water world, and to provide a more theoretical dimension to conflict, engage multi-level scales of conflict dimensions and strengthen skills through highly experiential learning opportunities.
Learning Objectives Increase participants’ understanding of the issue of shared waters from various perspectives and scales Develop the ability of participants to reframe interpersonal differences and apply this within the context of shared waters Increase skills of participants to analyze stakeholders, issues and conditions for negotiations within a shared waters context Introduce the participants to a wide range of negotiation tools, models and frameworks Provide a space for participants to practice and demonstrate their negotiation/mediation skills