Managing Natural Resource Conflict

Managing Natural Resource Conflict


Training course on the concepts and practices of conflict mediation

Local communities, governments, companies, and nongovernment organizations often have very different and sometimes clashing views as to how resources should be managed and used. This means that conflict in its many forms is often an inevitable part of natural-resource-related work. Forestry and natural resource professionals are increasingly called upon to help manage complex conflict situations. Having the skills and knowledge to effectively undertake such a role is essential.


Aims and Objectives

This course will facilitate participants' grasp of basic principles, skills, techniques, and processes used to effectively analyze and manage natural resource conflicts, including negotiation and the building of agreements. It provides the basis for more advanced mediation training.


This course will enable you to:

  • Improve your understanding of conflicts, including root causes
  • Practice techniques for determining appropriate conflict management approaches and strategies, especially those involving collaboration
  • Recognize early warning signs of potential conflicts and steps to proactively address them
  • Improve your skills in communication and facilitation of agreements

Who Should Attend?

Field-level practitioners, policy makers, and researchers who have an interest in improving their analytical and management skills in the context of conflicts over natural resources

Course Contents

  • Understanding the context and the nature of conflicts over natural resources
  • Options and strategies in conflict management
  • Analyzing conflict
  • Developing strategies for managing conflict
  • Communication, mediation, and negotiation to build long-lasting agreements
  • Exploring the history, values, and outcomes of a real-world conflict

Course Length

The 10-day course includes a 2-day field visit to the site of a current natural resource conflict. A 6-day course is available without the field component.