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Tremaine Evaluation

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

In a report prepared by Meridian Institute staff and presented to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Meridian articulated some of the impacts of dispute resolution practices in the environmental arena over the last 20 years. The report reflected that a tremendous amount of activity at the local, state, and national levels has significantly expanded the use of collaborative problem-solving practices in the environmental arena. In fact, within the realm of public policy, we concluded that the application of collaborative problem solving to environmental topics is increasingly seen as a model, and is used by leaders in other policy sectors, such as health and trade.


The executive summary of the report highlighted the following conclusions:

  • Practically speaking, no natural resource or sphere of the environment remains untouched by the practice of environmental dispute resolution.
  • Stakeholders in collaborative processes are more knowledgeable about the substance of a topic, as a result of joint fact-finding and exposure to relevant issues through the lenses of multiple perspectives.
  • Relationships among stakeholders, and between stakeholders and decision makers, are likely to be improved as a result of involvement in a collaborative process.
  • Environmental decision making is often improved by the practice of collaborative approaches.

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