Competing claims on natural resources

Conventional approaches tend to perceive either the state, or the community, or the market as being capable of offering easy solutions to resource conflicts. Practice, however proves different. To deal with conflicting interests and power imbalances, you will need a competing claims approach on natural resources. This two week course provides you with tools for natural resource management, based on extensive research. You will apply them directly to case studies provided by participants.

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 4 maart 2013 tot vr 15 maart 2013

Managing conflict over the use of natural resources

Understanding the conflicts

Population growth, changed consumption patterns, globalisation of natural resources markets, democratisation, new international conventions and protocols have a profound impact on the management of natural resources. Wageningen University has researched competing claims over natural resources over the years and developed new analytical models and insights in land and resource conflicts.
Essential to this approach is to think in terms of competing claims. This implies rethinking current natural resources management paradigms and applying new analytical frameworks to better understand conflicts.

his course offers first hand access to this knowledge. As a participant, you will be challenged to develop your skills by applying these insights to your own working environment.

Course objectives

The overall aim is to contribute to sustainable resources management by building capacity to manage conflicts over natural resources. Upon completion you will be able to:

  • contextualise and apply analytical frameworks and methodologies to better understand competing claims on natural resources;.
  • apply conflict management approaches and develop competences to manage related change processes;
  • practice a broad range of skills to manage conflict and facilitate informed negotiation processes;
  • review institutional arrangements that hamper or foster negotiated outcomes;
  • share and document cases of competing claims, to become capable of transforming conflict in positive social change.

Target audience

This course is aimed at resource managers, policy-makers, scientists, practitioners, private sector or civil society representatives; mid-career professionals who work in the field of natural resources management. Candidates should meet the following requirements: relevant tertiary education, at least five years of working experience in the NRM sector, competency in English.