Land Use Planning

Conflicts over land use occur all over the world as a consequence of: conflicting needs, values and expectations; environmental changes that shift or constrain patterns of use; and degradation of ecosystems and wildlife populations. Land-use conflicts that are left unaddressed can escalate into broad political conflict and violence.

Collaborative development of strategic land use plans that meet the needs of all interests is one effective strategy for mitigating land-use conflicts. Collaborative land use planning entails systematically assessing ecosystem processes; allocation and management alternatives; cultural, economic and social conditions in order to build consensus on a pattern of use that maintains ecosystem processes and protects inherent values.

Pacific Resolutions has successfully facilitated the resolution of many intense land use conflicts.