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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Promoting environmental mediation as a tool for public participation and conflict resolution

A comparative analysis of case studies from Austria, Germany and CEE countries - final report

Rural topic(s): Civic dialogue, Civic engagement, local governance and dialogue

Type: case study

Date of publication: December 31, 2004

Author(s) of the document: REC, ÖGUT

Organization(s): ÖGUT (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Technik)


The objective of the present study was to investigate how conflicts in the environmental sphere — and generally in the area of public planning — are dealt with in Central and Eastern Europe in comparison with Austria and Germany by means of the analysis of the practice. The overall goal of the project is to promote environmental mediation as a tool for effective conflict resolution in the environmental sphere in the region.

On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management the project team, consisting of the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (OEGUT) and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) based in Hungary, collected 16 relevant cases in CEE, Austria and Germany and carried out a comprehensive analysis of how mediation and other collaborative conflict resolution processes work in solving environmental conflicts.



Keywords: environmental mediation, environmental conflict, conflict management, participatory approach

Places: Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Austria, Germany