Shared Decision Making in Public Land Planning: An Evaluation of the Cariboo-Chilcotin CORE Process.

Introduction British Columbia recognized the need to develop “a comprehensive land use strategy to balance and integrate all values and achieve the long-term objective of economic, environmental and social sustainability” (BC, CORE, 1995b, 8) in an effort to resolve widespread land use conflict. In response it established the British Columbia Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) (see Owen, this volume). A key element of CORE’s strategy was to support public participation in land use planning through shared decision-making (SDM) processes, which bring together government and diverse interests to negotiate consensus agreements on land and resource management. CORE (1992, 25) defined SDM as follows:

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