Mediation – the practice aiding groups involved that are involved in, or in danger of, fighting their differences peacefully receives the respect it deserves, given the amount of bloodshed it has avoided. The context that mediators work in is changing. Climate change is continuously altering the maps of the world, changing the location of rain and changing the extent of deserts as well as oceans.
It is among a number of global megatrends, as well as increasing population, technological changes and rapid urbanization, which influence and alter the relationships between and within countries. Expert climate change mediators have the appropriate technical knowledge to comprehend the root problems with resources or the environment that could be causing a conflict.
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Mediators are more likely to concentrate on the thorny political issues of process design, such as when to begin, who should be included, what to do to conduct the discussion and where to conduct the mediation, etc. However, experts in the field are able to better comprehend the biophysical aspects that underlie disputes, usually stay clear of taking part in the complicated politics of facilitating discussions with the parties involved in the conflict.
Incorporating technical knowledge on fundamental issues of resource management into the mediation process can help ensure that the negotiation procedure is driven by actual facts. Climate change is a reminder that the environment that we live in cannot standstill.
The last recommendation is that mediators could actively assist the protagonists to find ways that cooperation on environmental issues as well as shared resource sharing could help to build peace and reconcile communities that are divided.