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Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Environmental Policy Programs


Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

The environmental & natural resources policy program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy includes projects and publications related to environmental and public policy conflict resolution, community-based conservation, and water policy.

The Udall Center's environmental and public policy conflict resolution work emphasizes multistakeholder policy dialogues on contentious environmental issues. The Center facilitates such forums as the Arizona Common Ground Roundtable, sponsors training workshops on facilitation and mediation, develops educational tools such as the Trouble on the Tortuga! and Conflict on the Culebra! role-play simulations, and responds to requests for design and facilitation of public participation processes and policy dialogues.

In the area of community-based conservation, the Udall Center researches and provides outreach on topics such as collaborative approaches to public participation and decisionmaking around natural resources and participatory research methods. The Udall Center manages two listservs and publishes a national newsletter for the Communities Committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress.

U.S.-Mexico Border Environment

For more than a decade the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy has maintained an active research and outreach program on environmental issues concerning the U.S.-Mexico border region. Via major funding-primarily from the Ford Foundation through a dozen projects since 1989-the Center has established a presence as a neutral, respected observer and commentator on border environmental policy.

The Center's U.S.-Mexico border agenda has addressed issues including:
• Transboundary water management policy-in both urban and rural or protected areas
• Recent institutional developments, especially the evolution and functioning of environmental institutions created
   as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA (BECC, NADB, and CEC)
• The role of public participation, and specifically, of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in environmental decisionmaking
• The importance of information and public access for democratic decisionmaking, for example, via pioneering use
   of two Udall Center electronic discussion groups, BECCnet and CECnet
• Hazardous-materials management policy
• American Indian issues in the border region
• Natural-resources management issues, particularly via community-based collaboratives (CBC)
• To complement and disseminate the results of its research activities, the Udall Center has maintained a vigorous
   publication program.

The Center's efforts on border environmental policy have been made possible by project support from the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Morris K. Udall Foundation, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and The University of Arizona.