Environmental Management

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 321–330 | Cite as

The Delphi approach to the mediation of environmental disputes

  • Alan Miller
  • Wilf Cuff


Environmental disputes, in many countries, have taken on a ritualistic character. Their persistence, even after prolonged analysis and debate, suggests that they result from ideological rather than factual differences. Since no single ideological position holds a monopoly on the truth, effective environmental management would seem to require an integration of views, the problem being how to achieve this. One approach to this problem is illustrated in this article. Two factions in the spruce budworm dispute in New Brunswick, Canada, were engaged in a mediation exercise using the Delphi method. Details of the design and execution of this form of mediation are provided, together with an evaluation of the Delphi's effectiveness in this context.

Key words

Environmental disputes Forest management Delphi method Canada Spruce budworm 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Miller
    • 1
  • Wilf Cuff
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  2. 2.Maritime Forest Research CentreFrederictonCanada

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