Natural and cultural resources—including minerals, timber, fisheries, wilderness areas, soil, water, air, Tribal and cultural sites, practices, and materials—are measured across a host of values. Economic value, ecosystem services benefits, and values more difficult to quantify (including people’s sense of place, identity, culture, history, and morals) all must be considered. Yet people prioritize these values differently and sometimes disagree sharply about what’s right and good. How do we navigate the preservation of culture, history, and assets amid conflicting perspectives? What’s the proper balance between human use of natural resources and environmental harm? How do we clean up contaminated sites to protect public health, address long-term waste solutions, and find opportunities to make communities better in the face of legacy waste and contamination? How can people ensure protection of wildlife and natural habitats while also fostering economic development?
CBI mediators apply our proven consensus-building skills and frameworks to help natural and cultural resource managers:
From developing a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Edwards Aquifer in greater San Antonio, Texas, to to formulating a management plan for the future of the historic Dune Shacks on the Cape Cod National Seashore, CBI has helped explore values, history, and options and generate actionable plans informed by robust technical analysis.
CBI has a wealth of experience, and because of this, they are able to customize engagements to strategically address client and stakeholder needs. We worked together in Alberta, bringing together oil and gas executives and indigenous communities. CBI helped us resolve legacy issues, develop a common language, and craft a path forward. There was a big return economically and socially for both the companies and the indigenous communities.
Vice President, Indigenous Relations
Nuclear Waste Management Organization