|Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play: Hydropower In Santales Dealing With The Social And Environmental Impacts Of Energy Development
|Year of Publication
|Hatch, J, Susskind, L
|agreement, agreements, alternatives, brainstorming, creative options, interests, mediator, negotiation, PON, professional mediator
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation focused on issues of public engagement in hydropower-based energy development
The Ortega Company is a new hydroelectric company that hopes to build a hydropower plant in the Cordillerana region of Santales, a fictitious South American country. In a departure from normal operations, the company has asked several different communities if they are interested in allowing a hydropower plant to be developed within their borders. Of the nine communities originally considered, two have expressed preliminary interest in the project. One is the town of Villaverde, located along the Reposado River. The development of the project could bring jobs and infrastructure investment to Villaverde, but would probably reduce the flow of the river, which could threaten the livelihoods of many community members.
The Ortega Company is seeking broad support for the project and has invited representatives from the nearby indigenous community, local residents, the mayor’s office of Villaverde, and the local environmental NGO (nongovernmental organization) to meet with a representative from the company to discuss their concerns. In addition, the company has hired a professional mediator.