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Here we provide links to other interesting websites in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Central & Eastern Europe, Finland, France, Great Britain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and at international organizations concerned with these issues.

No responsibility can be accepted for the content of any website listed here; responsibility rests entirely with the website operator. See also the note on non-liability under >> Legal notice.

Unless otherwise indicated these websites are (at least partly) in English.


Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research – participation in the scientific and university context

Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture – participation in the cultural and school context

Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management - participation, environmental mediation and sustainable development

Büro Arbter – Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Consulting & Research – current information on Strategic Environmental Assessment

Institute of History of Law and European Legal Development at the Karl Franzens-University, Graz – research focus on mediation

Austrian Landscape Research – a research programme set up by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture to promote sustainable development

Leader+ Austria – national coordination office for the EU initiative Leader+

Mediation in the public sphere - Joanneum Research – developing specific mediation facilities for firms and regions in connexion with implementing ustainability strategies

ÖAR Regionalberatung GmbH – regional planning consultants: drawing up development programmes, consultancy, training and coaching

ÖGUT – Austrian Society for Environment and Technology; field of participation – providing well-organized information on aspects, methods and case histories for participation

Ökobüro – coordination bureau for Austrian environmental organizations, linking the member organizations up and standing up for shared environmental concerns with the main focus on environmental law, participation and the Aarhus Convention

Österreichisches Ökologie-Institut für angewandte Umweltforschung – independent research institute primarily concerned with sustainability research, participation, mediation and the conduct of Strategic Environmental Assessment

City of Vienna, MA22 - conservation – the environmental department of the Vienna city administration

Umweltbundesamt - information about environmental audits and Strategic Environmental Assessment, including environmental audit database

Büro Rössler – consultancy, public relations, mediation – conducting participation processes and mediation procedures

Centre for Social Innovation – research, education and counselling to support a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable development of society


King Baudouin Foundation - supports projects and citizens with a commitment to build a better society. organisation of events; providing publications for free; forum for discussion



Projeto Democracia Participativa - project focused on direct democracy and forms of participative budgeting - centred in Sao Paulo (in Brazilian)

Instituto Paulo Feire – kingpin of an international network of scientists and projects with the main emphasis on education, aimed at promoting participation and sustainable development


Conflict Resolution Network Canada – CR Network Canada develops, promotes and extends the use of conflict resolution and restorative justice processes such as negotiation, mediation, consensus-building and peacemaking circles. The Conflict Resolution Network Canada encourages conflict resolution in schools, workplaces etc.

Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria – The Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary centre focused on effective dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) theory and practice. IDR is the institutional structure for the Lam Chair of Law and Public Policy.

Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is a federal body accountable to the Minister of the Environment. The Agency works to provide Canadians with high-quality environmental assessments that contribute to informed decision making, in support of sustainable development. It encourages public participation and promotes the use of strategic environmental assessment.

Central & Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern European Citizens Network - Network to promote citizens participation in Central and Eastern Europe and to provide opportunities for grassroots initiatives to learn and exchange experiences and ideas.

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – association to promote the development of environmental policies in Central and Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on mediation


CINEFOGO - Network on Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe

European Environmental Bureau – supporting environmental policies and sustainable development in der EU, with special reference to the Aarhus Convention

European Corporate Governance Institute – provides research and consultancy services in support of Good Governance projects

European Commission – information about the Aarhus Convention

European Institute for Public Participation - making public participation relevant in Europe

Governance in the EU – EU website informing about Governance, with numerous downloads and references

Report on European Governance 2003-2004 – EU Commission publication as download

White Paper: European Governance: enhancing the democracy in the Union 

URBACT website - platform for EU URBACT programme, with focus on participation by young people and ethnic minorities


The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) – promoting sustainable development and the economic, social and cultural preconditions for this


MEDIATION-NET – information platform for mediation, issues “la lettre des mediators“ (free newsletter) (website in French)

Centre Europeen de la Negociation - information and training in the areas of mediation, creative conflict resolution, conflict management; coaching for mediators, conducting mediation processes (website in French and English)

Great Britain

Open democracy - free thinking for the World – open source website about democracy, civil society, etc.

Community Planning - a platform providing principles, methods, scenarios, case studies, checklists and other helpful information in the field of community planning

Dialogue matters - experts link environmental management knowledge with the skills and experience to design and facilitate stakeholder participation in ecological and environmental discussions. They write reports and provide training.

InterAct - is an alliance of experienced practitioners, researchers, writers and policy makers committed to putting effective deliberative, participatory and co-operative approaches at the heart of debate, decision-making and action in the UK. (casestudies, publications and links available and access to InterAct network)

Involve - a non-partisan organisation which exists to put people at the heart of decision-making. Their core purpose is to show how public participation can positively and productively change the lives of individuals and improve the working practices of institutions.

Nick Wates Associates - specializes in public engagement in planning and urban design. Consultancy on a wide range of planning issues; research and producing of good practice materials

People and - network that provides practical information for those working to involve people

Presencing Institute (PI) - global action research community for profound societal innovation and change.

Strategic Environmental Assessment Information Service - provides information on SEA and Sustainable Appraisal (SA)

Sustainable Development Commission's Engagement policy area - aims to explore the relationship between engagement and sustainable development and give practical guidance on how to engage effectively

The Environment Council - forum for dialogue about environmental concerns, spreading awareness; training in the field of conflict management and participation; conducting mediation processes

International Websites

Aarhus Clearinghouse for environmental democracy (UN-ECE) - information about national implementation efforts

Aarhus Convention - information about implementing the Aarhus Convention from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Action Science Network aims to accurately describe and efficiently demonstrate the theory and practice of action science and, secondarily, to connect individuals and groups interested in working with action science. 

Civicus - international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. 

democracy international - network to publicize and establish direct democracy

Democratic Dialogue - develops, disseminates and applies diverse social technologies to support conflict prevention and management efforts, as well as consensus-building initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean 

International Association for Public Participation - networking and training in the field of participation; publishes a newsletter “participation quarterly“ for members

International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation – international association to conduct arbitration and conciliation processes in connexion with environmental issues

International Mediation Alliance - collective of leading providers of mediation and intercultural corporate consulting services

Partcipedia – Strengthening democracy through shared knowledge - Wiki for exchange and learning on the role of participation in democratic processes and good governance, edited by EIPP (European Institute for Public Participation) with articles on participation case studies, methods and organisations.

Reos Partners is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems. 

The International Budget Project - organization to combat poverty, adapt funding systems to social needs, improve transparency for the general public

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – accounts of Governance and Good Governance


Large Scale Interventions (LSI) - approach for organising sustainable changes with active involvement of stakeholders throughout the whole system

Nederlands Mediation Instituut – information platform for mediation, arranging mediators


CITIDEP Research Centre on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy - Portuguese initiative for participatory democracy


Nordic Forum for Mediation – platform for mediation in Scandinavia


ARK - training, counselling, mediation – private service enterprise for further education, counselling and coaching


Solomediacion - Spanish portal about mediation and cooperative conflict resolution, with extensive range of information and further education opportunities and job exchange (website in French and Spanish)

L’Observatori Internacional de la Democràcia Participativa (OIDP) – Spanish platform for direct democracy (website in Spanish and English)


Department of Peace and Conflict Research - at Uppsala University


Arbitration and Mediation Center – specializing in international negotiation and mediation processes in the economic field, based in Geneva

Bureau cantonal de Médiation administrative (Vaud) - platform for mediation in administration (website in French)

Groupement pro Mediation – to promote mediation in French-speaking Switzerland (website in French)

Kinder Lobby Schweiz – promoting the rights of children up to 18 (right to participate, right to favourable conditions for development, right to appropriate surroundlings) (website in French and German)

Fédération Suisse des Associations de Médiation – lists training centres offering mediation courses recognized by the Confederation, and mediators’ addresses; also conciliation centre for conflicts between mediators and their clients (website in French, German and Italian)

NCCR Democracy - National Center of Competence in Research Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century, Universität Zürich


Center for Wise Democracy - "Wise Democracy", "Wisdom Council" as social innovation, "Dynamic Facilitation" as innovative method

Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts – supports the development of information technology, institutional resources and know how to improve instruments of mediation

Civil Practices Network (CPN) - network for civic activity in the USA

Conflict Research Consortium – interdisciplinary research and education centre for conflict management, emphasizing information and further education for citizens aimed at conflict prevention, with on-line training programme

RESOLVE - organization for cooperative conflict resolution in the USA

Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center – provides services, and supports the setting-up of institutional structures, for cooperative conflict resolution

Alliance for Conflict Transformation – line-up of experts in the field of conflict research and conflict resolution

NCDD National coalition for dialogue and deliberation – links individuals and organizations together and provides know-how / support to improve communication processes

Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institut

Mediated Modeling - helps people work together to create a shared vision for their community or business

Sustainability Institute - applies systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges.

If you know of other interesting links in this field, let us know: >> Your recommendation.