Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play:

Hydropower In SantalesDealing With The Social And Environmental Impacts Of Energy Development

Jennie Hatch under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation focused on issues of public engagement in hydropower-based energy development

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SCENARIO:

The Ortega Company is a new hydroelectric company that hopes to build a hydropower plant in the Cordillerana region of Santales, a fictitious South American country. In a departure from normal operations, the company has asked several different communities if they are interested in allowing a hydropower plant to be developed within their borders. Of the nine communities originally considered, two have expressed preliminary interest in the project. One is the town of Villaverde, located along the Reposado River. The development of the project could bring jobs and infrastructure investment to Villaverde, but would probably reduce the flow of the river, which could threaten the livelihoods of many community members.

The Ortega Company is seeking broad support for the project and has invited representatives from the nearby indigenous community, local residents, the mayor’s office of Villaverde, and the local environmental NGO (nongovernmental organization) to meet with a representative from the company to discuss their concerns. In addition, the company has hired a professional mediator.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Expose participants to different viewpoints and interests regarding energy development and related land use dilemmas
  • Importance of voicing those different interests and perspectives early in the project development process (e.g. for identifying project impacts and possible design alternatives)
  • Questions about the role and responsibility of the mediator in: helping parties listen to each other, raising constructive options, clarifying solutions reached, and drafting written agreements
  • Build competency with brainstorming creative options based on party interests
  • Address fundamental value differences as a key source of disagreement among parties

 

MECHANICS:

This negotiation itself may be run within 2 – 3 hours (which includes a 30 minute prep period at the beginning). An additional 30 minutes prep time could be added should the instructor ask participants who have been assigned the same role in separate negotiation groups, to gather and discuss their role prior to the actual negotiation.
The instructor should allow at least 1 additional hour for debriefing.

 

TEACHING MATERIALS:
For all parties:

  • General Instructions
  • Transcription of the Local Radio Announcement


Role Specific Confidential Instructions:

  • Representative of the Junta de Vecinos – Villaverde
  • Mayor of Villaverde
  • Representative of Los Robles
  • Representative of the Ortega Company
  • Representative of the Environmental NGO
  • Mediator


Teacher’s Package:

  • All of the above
  • Teaching Note

 

Hydropower In Santales Attributes

Time required:
3 – 4 hours
Number of participants:
6
Teams involved:
No
Agent present:
No
Neutral third party present:
Mediator
Scoreable:
No
Teaching notes available:
Yes
Non-English version available:
Author:
Jennie Hatch
PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center

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