ADR Program

Collaborative Stakeholder Working Groups

A collaborative stakeholder working group creates a forum where members of the public, industry, and government can work together to prevent potential conflicts and generate meaningful solutions to existing issues and conflicts that impact the members. The BLM participates in stakeholder working groups within the paramaters allowed by law.

Most commonly, the participants in a collaborative stakeholder working group have common long-term goals and desired outcomes. They typically demonstrate the ability to narrow differences in shorter-term objectives by using collaborative and ADR strategies to establish common ground and develop solutions to identified issues. Regional groups gather to employ traditional as well as forward-thinking, innovative conflict management techniques. Processes employed include conflict assessment, convening, mediation/facilitation, interest-based negotiation, consensus-building, joint fact finding, and innovative forms of public involvement, among others.

Collaborative stakeholder working groups typically require third-party neutrals for facilitation of the gatherings. The groups may convene in an established meeting place or at a field site on the land. Often, the groups assemble in a typical meeting venue, or in a workshop or conference setting.

Under certain circumstances, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) creates parameters on BLM participation in collaborative stakeholder working groups.  To learn more about FACA and its limitations, please see our FACA Guidance page.

For assistance in setting up a stakeholder working group in your community, please contact us.