Conflict resolution and conservation
In the end of July, POF researcher Gwendolyn Smith facilitated a knowledge cafe and presented a poster at the International Conference for Conservation Biology (ICCB) in Cartagena, Colombia. The research was about using the Model for the Analysis of Potential Conflict in Development (MAPCID) to align the interest of indigenous peoples and other stakeholders, such as the Government, conservation organizations, academia and civil society. Gwendolyn explained how conflict resolution tools can be used effectively to bring stakeholders closer together and engage them into the co-management of 7.2 million hectare forest.
Several groups of a multinational mining company have been in POF trainings to obtain skills and tools for handling conflict. The mining crews fully participated in the excercises they had to do to understand their own behavior in conflict. The miners explained that they had learned about their own responses to conflict, communication style and ways to creatively resolve conflicts they currently are dealing with on a daily basis.
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