Environmental conflict: Engaging with scientific information and community activism

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    Key Points
    • Land and water use planning often involves managing environmental
    • Environmental conflicts are complex and can involve a wide range of
    substantive, procedural and psychological issues. They share one key
    characteristic: scientific evidence often plays a key role.
    • Successful management of environmental conflict requires carefully
    considering how to ensure that scientific evidence is brought to bear
    in a way that supports dialogue, rather than deepening divisions and
    differences of view.
    • This can be achieved by ensuring that agreement is reached between
    the parties involved in environmental conflict on the shared values that
    underpin the interpretation of scientific evidence, what is considered
    to be good-quality science (and the thresholds used to assess this)
    and how future ‘unknowns’ (in the form of new and emerging issues)
    will be dealt with to reduce the likelihood of conflict continuing to
    re-occur over time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLand use in Australia
    Subtitle of host publicationPast, present and future
    EditorsRichard Thackway
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherANU E Press
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781921934421
    ISBN (Print)9781921934414
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2018


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