Prevention and Administration of Social and Environmental Conflicts in the Renewable Energy Sector and Public Consultation


18.10.2017 Laura Bull

Trondheim, Norway | Week 22 | Date: May 28- June 1, 2018 | Application deadline: March 23, 2018 | Registration fee: 17,000 NOK | Arrival to Norway: May 28, 2018 | Departure: June 2, 2018  

The electricity industry faces a number of challenges, including the delicate balance between achieving business objectives and relationships with impacted communities, state entities and other stakeholders.

The confluence of interests among stakeholders may result in points of disagreement, resistance or opposition. In some cases, conflicts can lead to violence and adversely affect not only the fulfillment of the company’s goals, but also the renewables energy policies of a country.

This course provides participants with tools to identify potential conflicts that allow for the development of more assertive approaches to transform disadvantaged situations into opportunities for the benefit of all parties.

Conflict as a social phenomenon is not simply created or destroyed, but is a process that is transformed. It is necessary to be able to identify the stage of the cycle in which it is and design strategies tailored to the actors and specific circumstances.

Even when entering a more peaceful or post-conflict stage, it is necessary to keep the channels of communication open, to enhance trust and realise agreements.

The lessons learnt in the handling of the socio-environmental conflicts by the renewable energy industry should encourage knowledge and information sharing to help better understand the root causes of project success and failure.

 

OBJECTIVE
Provide tools to identify and analyse elements contributing to socio-environmental conflicts. To develop strategy for approaching, managing and transforming conflicts.

TOPICS
Origin, definition and role of socio-environmental conflict in the renewable energy industry
• How to categorise socio-environmental conflicts
• Stages of the socio-environmental conflict cycle
• Strategies to approach conflict from prevention to management
• Importance of strengthening the relationship between all stakeholders
• Indigenous peoples’ identity and dependence on natural resources in river basins in relation to hydropower development
• Design of processes according to the analysis of the conflict and context
• Dialogue mechanisms for the transformation of conflicts
• Mechanisms to strengthen lasting peace in the postconflict phase
• Experiences in conflict prevention and management and peacebuilding processes
• Development of case studies
• Identifying target groups

TARGET GROUP
The course is aimed at professionals with minimum 5 years of experience in the hydropower or renewable energy sector including power companies, ministries, authorities, NGOs, relevant private enterprises and others working with energy projects planning in complex social environments requiring structured knowledge of the Stakeholder management in the overall framework. Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies and relevant private sector enterprises with management responsibility or influence on project planning will benefit from this course. The course will also be of value to engineers working in stages of project planning



 
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