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

06.01.2019 Laura Bull

Trondheim, Norway | Week 19 | Date: 6-10 May 2019 | Application deadline: 18 March 2019 | Registration fee: 17,000 NOK | Arrival to Norway: 5 May 2019 | Departure: 11 May 2019

Overcoming challenges in the electricity industry requires delicately balancing business objectives with the needs of impacted communities, state entities and other stakeholders. The conflict 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 environment, 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. 



The objective of this course is to provide tools to identify and analyze elements contributing to social -environmental conflicts; and to develop strategy for approaching, managing and transforming conflicts.


  • Origin, definition and role of socio-environmental conflict in the renewable energy industry
  • How to categorize 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
  • Rural development strategies
  • 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, management and peace building processes
  • Identifying target groups
  • Case studies

The course is aimed at professionals with a minimum of 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 project planning in complex social environments requiring knowledge of stakeholder management. 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.

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