In this year’s session of the Model Courts of Justice Conference, the participants of the committee will gather around a table in an effort to settle two fictional disputes in front of them through using ‘mediation’ mechanism which is one of the ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ mechanisms provided within the body of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The first dispute that is expected to be addressed by the participants is ‘Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation Measures: Agriculture Planning in the Bien Gio River Delta’.

In today’s world, taking account of the impacts of the dynamic and uncertain nature of the climate change, the need to make long term decisions is inevitable especially if they are regarding to development and the infrastructure planning. The fictional country ‘Rinsap’ is one of the countries which is expected to be affected in the near future by the rise of sea level as a result of the climate change. The Bien Gio River Delta, a large economic area which is mostly used for agricultural sector, is vital for the economy of Rinsap. And it is under threat by the sea level rise. Global Fund for Climate Change Adaptation, which is established by a large multilateral organisation, has decided to allocate US$500 million for use in the Bien Gio Delta. However, in order to receive the fund, the government of Rinsap with stakeholders have to set the priorities for how the funds will be utilized

‘Hydropower in Santales: Dealing with the Social and Environmental Impacts of Energy Development’ is the other dispute that will be taken in hand.

Despite the normal operations, ‘The Ortega Company’, a new hydroelectric company which wishes building a new hydropower plant in the Cordillerana region of the fictional country ‘Santales’, followed a new method and asked the communities in the region whether they are interested in giving permission for building of this new plant. The town of the ‘Villaverde’, which is located along the Reposado River, is the one which has preliminary interest since the establishment of the plant could bring new job opportunities and infrastructural investment to Villaverde. However the reduce in the current water level would be a side effect on the wellbeing of  many community members. Therefore the Ortega Company called upon several stakeholders including a local environmental NGO, the mayor of the town, local residents and the indigenous community, which is located on the northern side of the Reposado and has a sacred site on the planned construction. Since the company wishes this plant to be constructed with a broad support in the region all the stakeholders and the company will gather.

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