ALEXANDRIA, VA—September 7, 2010. IWR has published a summary of the second Computer-Aided Dispute Resolution (CADRe) workshop that took place October 20–21, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. This workshop was sponsored by IWR, Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and Region 8 of the Environmental Protection Agency. The primary objective of the workshop was to develop and begin executing a strategic plan for improving CADRe methods and promoting the use of CADRe for water resources problems. As a result, this publication includes reports of the six strategic topics discussed at the workshop and action items that were identified for each topic.
One of the most significant outcomes of this workshop was the discussion of Identity, Naming and Branding, which led to the development and adoption of the name collaborative modeling for decision-support to replace the term CADRe. The group agreed that crafting a new name and identity statement was an important step toward refining the community’s identity as a whole. The agreed-upon identity statement is: Integrating collaborative modeling with participatory processes to inform natural resource decisions.
The process of collaborative modeling is related to Shared Vision Planning, which emphasizes stakeholder participation and collaboratively built computer models to reach solutions to water resources issues. The Corps and IWR support the use of collaborative planning methods through the Conflict Resolution & Public Participation Center (CPC) and its Shared Vision Planning program.