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Systematic Evaluation of Environmental and Economic Results
EPA Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center

Description of activity:   The Systematic Evaluation of Environmental and Economic Results (SEEER) is a joint project of the EPA’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center and the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR).  SEEER’s goal is to quantify the results of using environmental conflict resolution (ECR).  The SEEER project is the first known systematic effort to compare the environmental and economic results of ECR to its alternatives.  The findings of SEEER may assist public decision makers and other stakeholders in determining how to address important environmental and natural resource issues and whether ECR may be appropriate in a given situation.

Thus far, the SEEER evaluation methodology has produced information on the results of ECR compared to the alternative, including the following:

Preliminary results from applying SEEER to a limited set of cases suggest possible savings, potential environmental benefits, increased organizational effectiveness and more durable agreements from using ECR compared to the alternative.  EPA has found the SEEER methodology to be feasible and relevant to our evaluation of ECR outcomes.  Together with our partners at DOI, we are continuing to refine the approach and plan to expand its application to additional cases in the near future.

Activity URLhttps://epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/priorities/index.html

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