|Conflict management as a subject area is not even in the curricula of the majority of tertiary agricultural educational institutions and if taught, it is just treated as an 'add-on' to other subjects rather than a subject requiring full discourse as a significant area of learning. As a result, graduating students are not fully equipped to respond to issues of conflict in forestry and natural resource management. Training in conflict management tools and processes can offer an important opportunity for the development of human and social capital in this area.|
Increased capacities in conflict management and resolution in tertiary agricultural and natural resource management institutions can lead to a shift towards sustainable forestry and natural resource management. The ability to manage and resolve conflicts in a peaceful, participatory and equitable manner allows for more access to and better management of natural resources. Long-term, socio-economic and political factors that constrain local participation in conflict management processes may require attention as well, through appropriate reform of policy, legislation, institutions and other areas of the policy environment.
Against this background, a training course for Educators on forest and natural resource – based conflict management for Tertiary institutions was developed by FAO and the NFP Facility. The training is based on collaborative procedures such as consensual negotiation and mediation to address and resolve conflicts related to national forest programs.