Water Conflict Management and Transformation
How can we move debates about water resource issues beyond entrenched
positions? What are some less confrontational approaches that bring conflicting interests
and institutions together to craft workable solutions that build community rather than
The complexity of 21st century water demands calls for new strategies that foster longterm stewardship between people, their communities and the environment. This course offers an opportunity for water resource professionals and graduate students 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 models of negotiation and dialogue. This class
emphasizes experiential learning and offers a place to practice new skills that are
applicable in a variety of real-life situations.