Improving negotiations

Dialogue seminars

Maria Schultz, Director of the Resilience and Development Programme, gives her view on how multistakeholder dialogues can contribute to international environment and development negotiations.

In an attempt to bridge gaps between various knowledge systems, a series of dialogue seminars/workshops involving scientists, governments, indigenous peoples and local community representatives, international organisations and NGOs have been established.

The intention with the seminars was not to draft formal recommendations, but to enhance understanding among participants ahead of upcoming negotiations in India, at COP11. The seminars included a mix of keynote presentations, case studies and small group discussions.