Experience has shown that mediation can resolve seemingly intractable
conflicts. Impartial intermediaries with substantive knowledge in the
fields of planning and environmental management can guide negotiations
towards consensus. Mediated agreements tend to be more durable than those
imposed by policy makers because they are the product of direct stakeholder
JEMS will carry out a preliminary investigation of any case brought to its attention at its own cost. JEMS will also do an initial mapping of the dispute through confidential consultations with all relevant stakeholders ("conflict assessment") at its own cost, as long as it has sufficient resources to make such up-front investments. If it is determined that a full-fledged mediation process is desirable, it may be necessary for JEMS to seek either contributions from one or more of the parties to a dispute or to work with the parties to raise additional funds.