A Conflict Avoidance Methodology for Port Dredging Issues

by Richard Byrnes, Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc, Bethesda, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Port dredging operations have often been the focus of controversy over environmental and funding disputes. This paper asserts that adversarial relationships among interested parties will continue to develop due to increasing strain among economic and environmental motivations within a strict regulatory environment. Conflicts can be avoided, however, through the use of a non-threatening negotiation framework and objective analytical tools. The economic and environmental motivations are discussed, and a methodology for conflict avoidance and consensus building is described which emphasizes communications, analysis and participation.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Dredging | Dispute resolution | Economic factors | Motivation | Financing | Strain | Environmental issues

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