Teams carrying out systematic reviews and maps in the environmental field often find themselves dealing with competing interests and perspectives among groups of knowledge holders and users. This short paper aims to place systematic reviews and maps in the broader context of conflict management related to knowledge production, including the role of facilitated stakeholder involvement.

The authors identify four dimensions that are relevant for choosing among different approaches to knowledge production in conflict situations: type of conflict, view of knowledge, model of stakeholder involvement, and measure of quality. They also provide some suggestions on how such a framework can be applied in connection with planning for systematic reviews and maps.

Options include managing conflicts through facilitated stakeholder involvement within the review itself as well as a thorough assessment of what specifically the method can contribute in relationship to other approaches to knowledge production for environmental management.

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