Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Research

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

The Goal of The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT) To help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while remaining economically and socially viable.  What is The RAFT? The RAFT is a “full service” tool to assist coastal localities to increase their resilience. Coastal resilience is the capacity to anticipate threats, reduce the community’s vulnerability, repond to, and recover from hazardous events and chronic stresses. A community can be vulnerable not only due to their physical location and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Farm Winery Study

Based on a directive from the Virginia General Assembly, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry convened a stakeholder panel consisting of individuals representing 19 organizations with interests relating to Virginia farm wineries and activities. IEN’s role was to facilitate the stakeholder panel deliberations for developing recommendations. As part of this work, key IEN activities included: 1) development of an online constituency survey to identify key issues and concerns, as well as possible approaches to address issues and concerns, and 2) online research resulting in a compilation of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, State Government,

Gloucester County Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise

(2012) Citizens and elected decision makers in Virginia’s coastal communities are increasingly eager to find ways to address sea level rise at the local level. Flooding caused by storms and storm surges is impacting areas that have never previously experienced flooding, as well as reaching new heights. Gloucester County, working with the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, convened a special citizen advisory panel to help inform Gloucester County’s Comprehensive Plan and its approach to sea level rise. A Focus Group was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Beach Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise Policies

(2012) Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. The results of four community listening sessions in 2011 on sea level rise in Virginia Beach indicate the urgency of the situation: 90% of participants believe that planning for sea level rise should be a priority for local government. Following a presentation to City Council in May 2011, Councilors shared their opinion that more information was needed on the public perception of sea level rise, specifically regarding solutions. This feedback served as... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Community Decisions for Watershed Planning

(2007 - 2011) Watershed nutrient imbalances pose risks to water quality. Improved decision aids and processes could reduce costs of achieving water quality protection goals by aiding watershed stakeholders in evaluating nutrient management strategies. The proposed project integrated research, extension, and education missions to develop and test a group decision aid, Community DECISIONS, with which watershed stakeholders can rank strategies to address imbalances of nutrient imports and exports.  Project objectives were to: 1) develop the Community DECISIONS group decision aid; 2) apply and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Research, Public Participation, Water, Land, Educational Institutions,

Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)

(2013 - 2014) Frank Dukes, Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), has spent this period working as a visiting scholar at the Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX), Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Besides interacting periodically with agency staff about the range of issues that the Corps of Engineers addresses, Frank and graduate interns have also assisted with the following projects: Developing the CPCX five-year strategic plan for 2014-2019; Developing ways of evaluating the Corps’ collaborative... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Research, Strategic Planning, Training, Federal Government,

Central Appalachia Food Heritage Project

The Central Appalachia Food Heritage project (CAFH), working with local and regional partners, is a collaborative, community-based effort that helps to build knowledge about the foodways of central Appalachia, and cultivate opportunities to build community vibrancy and thriving local economies.  The CAFH project is a new effort, and the goals and activities are evolving with input from project partners.  We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions as this project develops.

Categorized as: Research, Health & Food, People & Communities,

Clinch River Valley Initiative

The Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) is a pioneering effort to build local economies in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, focusing on the Clinch River Valley—one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America. Working at a watershed scale with several local partners, this grassroots effort has developed significant support and momentum throughout the region. Utilizing a consensus-based approach, project partners have developed goals for connecting downtown revitalization, outdoor recreation, creating a state park, enhancing water quality, entrepreneurship and environmental... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, People & Communities, Water,

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel

(2014) The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel project has been in the works for many years and is ongoing. The Institute has provided occasional support, ranging from facilitating a few stakeholder meetings, to developing a written report of the history of the Tunnel and efforts to bring it to life, to helping students provide support to Nelson County and the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation with class projects. The mission of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is the restoration and preservation of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel as a valuable historical asset... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Coastal 309 Assessment

(2005 - 2006) IEN conducted Virginia's second (1997) and fourth (2005) 309 assessments of Virginia's coastal resources. The assessment covered changes over the past five years in coastal resource management, resource characterization, threats, and opportunities for state programs to improve protection of coastal resources. Virginia Coastal Assessment

Categorized as: 2000s, Research, Land, Water, State Government,

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