Environmental management is a highly complex decision setting, characterized by diverse views, limited understanding of biological mechanisms, and intense public scrutiny. Scientific concepts or technical jargon can cause misunderstandings that disrupt productive debates at a critical stage.

This e-book introduces concepts that often come up in environmental planning processes. We use general examples for illustration, without going into too much detail of specific case studies. The intent is to provide diverse participants with a common foundation for their deliberations.

Instances of true collaboration are hard-earned and fragile, and are much too precious to be lost to some petty misunderstanding.

Please note that we focus on the part of environmental management where a group of people has already come together to tackle a particular challenge. This e-book does not address the more tumultuous aspects of environmental issues (e.g. conflict resolution, media relations, protests, lobbying, litigation). However, Chapter 1 briefly touches on those topics while discussing the benefits of public involvement. The case studies listed in Further Reading are a good starting point for more information.


(This guidebook is part of the SOLV Online Resources)