Archive for 'Publications' Category
CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary co-authored an article with Marine Life Protection Act Initiative colleagues entitled “Science-based and stakeholder-driven marine protected area network planning: A successful case study from north central California“, published in the current issue of Ocean & Coastal Management [53 (2010) 52-68]. Former CONCUR intern Kathryn Hoffman was a key co-author.
CONCUR has prepared a new fact sheet focused on our watershed planning experience and expertise (download PDF).
Watershed planning touches on a broad range of issues including local land use policies, stream protection concerns, restoration goals, flood control, and water quality. The planning framework can be transboundary and address implications for climate [...]
On Sunday August 16, The Sacramento Bee published an Op-Ed piece by CONCUR Principals John Gamman and Scott McCreary that puts forward a strategy for preventing solar, wind energy and other climate change-focused projects from getting mired in avoidable conflicts. The piece offers an assessment of the source of the potential conflicts and then [...]
A New CONCUR White Paper - Some Observations from Our Mediated Cases: How Organizations and Relationships Can Transform to Implement New Environmental Policies
To document and learn from the variety of cases we facilitate and mediate, we at CONCUR regularly publish working papers, journal articles, and book chapters, as well as speak as conference presenters and guest lecturers.
CONCUR’s newest Working Paper collects personal reflections of Principals John Gamman and Scott McCreary, drawn from 20 years of mediating complex [...]
Using Independent Scientific Review to Strengthen Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in the Pacific Rim (2001)
Scott McCreary presented at the Third Conference on Participatory Design and Planning for the Pacific Rim Ching-Be, Matzu Island, Taiwan, May 28-30, 2001. This publication in the conference proceedings discusses how the rapid pace of economic growth and urbanization in the Pacific Rim has led to a growing strain upon ecological and cultural [...]
CONCUR Principal Scott McCreary participated as one of a group of 30 scholars and practitioners from the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong engaged in ongoing cross-cultural dialogue examining ways to strengthen democratic design making in the Pacific Rim. The second annual conference took place in Saitama, Japan. Participants included academics from UC Berkeley and [...]
Borderless Clashes: How to Understand and Manage Environmental Degradation that Crosses National Borders. (John K. Gamman, May 6, 1995)
Outlines a presentation for the World Affairs Council Annual Conference convened at Asilomar, California in 1995. The paper presents six challenges for addressing global environmental problems, and six ways to help resolve them. To order a copy of this article, please click PR-95-01.
Meeting the Challenges of Mediating Land Use and Environmental Disputes in California in the 1990’s (Scott McCreary, April 28, 1995)
Addresses some of the special challenges and opportunities posed by the mediation of land use disputes in California. It sets forth some hopeful trends for land use mediation, and proposes a preliminary agenda for encouraging land use and environmental mediation in the state. Visit our Publications page to request a copy here PR-95-02
Research Inquiry: “Independent Fact-Finding as a Catalyst for Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Assessing Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Ecuador’s Oriente Region”, article in Cultural Survival Quarterly (1995)
Building on the UC Berkeley team’s 1992 report on the Block 10 Investigation, Scott McCreary’s 1995 article in Cultural Survival Quarterly reflects on the strategy of independent scientific view. The article addresses the distinctions between independent review and routine environmental impact assessment, the challenges of gaining entry in the case and framing issues for investigation, [...]
CONCUR Principal John Gamman conducted field work in St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Barbados to evaluate the political decision-making around development projects in tropical environments and to examine why the lending policies of international donor agencies often fail in developing countries. The research was published in 1994 in his book entitled Overcoming Obstacles in Environmental [...]