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Towards the Formation of a Sustainable South Florida: An Analysis of Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative Arthur Oyola-Yemaiel

Towards the Formation of a Sustainable South Florida: An Analysis of Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative

Arthur Oyola-Yemaiel

Published December 1st 2000
ISBN : 9781581120998
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396 pages
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This dissertation examines the sociological process of conflict resolution and consensus building in South Florida EvergladesEcosystem Restoration through what I define as a Network Management Coordinative Interstitial Group (NetMIG). The process ofMoreThis dissertation examines the sociological process of conflict resolution and consensus building in South Florida EvergladesEcosystem Restoration through what I define as a Network Management Coordinative Interstitial Group (NetMIG). The process ofconflict resolution can be summarized as the participation of interested and affected parties (stakeholders) in a forum ofnegotiation. I study the case of the Governors Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (GCSSF) that was established toreduce social conflict. Such conflict originated from environmental disputes about the Everglades and was manifested in theform of gridlock among regulatory (government) agencies, Indian tribes, as well as agricultural, environmentalconservationist and urban development interests. The purpose of the participatory forum is to reduce conflicts of interestand to achieve consensus, with the ultimate goal of restoration of the original Everglades ecosystem, while cultivating theeconomic and cultural bases of the communities in the area. Further, the forum aims to formulate consensus throughenvisioning a common sustainable community by providing means to achieve a balance between human and natural systems.Data were gathered using participant observation and document analysis techniques to conduct a theoretically based analysisof the role of the Network Management Coordinative Interstitial Group (NetMIG). I use conflict resolution theory,environmental conflict theory, stakeholder analysis, systems theory, differentiation and social change theory, and strategicmanagement and planning theory.The purpose of this study is to substantiate the role of the Governors Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (GCSSF) asa consortium of organizations in an effort to resolve conflict rather than an ethnographic study of this organization.Environmental restoration of the Everglades is a vehicle for recognizing the significance of a Network ManagementCoordinative Interstitial Group (NetMIG), namely the Governors Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (GCSSF), as astructural mechanism for stakeholder participation in the process of social conflict resolution through the creation of newcultural paradigms for a sustainable community.