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Colorado Natural Resource Leadership Summit 2012

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In November 2012, DU's Conflict Resolution Institute set out to determine whether or not there was a niche to be filled amongst Colorado collaboratives, practitioners, and networks to develop an initiative that increased capacity to tackle the contentious natural resources issues in the state. Dr. Frank Dukes and his colleagues at the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation served as partners in this endeavor by providing invaluable knowledge in best practices and cross-sector collaboration gleaned from their own Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, which serves as a training and networking experience for those who work with natural resources in their state.The Building Capacity for Collaboration in Natural Resources Symposium and Summit brought together leading practitioners and efforts in the state of Colorado to showcase their work, explore the shape of a possible Colorado NRLI, as well as to identify potential Colorado organizational and institutional partners. Information on specific needs, goals, and resources was collected and collaborators are currently working to shape a pilot program.