State of the World 2005 Global Security Brief #6: Promoting Environmental Cooperation as a Peace-Building Tool

State of the World 2005 Global Security Brief #6: Promoting Environmental Cooperation as a Peace-Building Tool

Source: Worldwatch Institute, 2005

Author(s): Ken Conca, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey Dabelko

Topics: Conflict Prevention, Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Peace Agreements

Added: 30/07/2016

 

Environmental degradation triggers intense social conflict that is sometimes accompanied by violence. Pollution, natural resource depletion, and the rapid conversion of coastlines, wetlands, watersheds, and forests can have dramatically negative consequences for communities that depend on them for livelihoods and healthy environments. For example, the World Commission on Dams estimated that some 40-80 million people have been swept out of the way to make room for the world’s large dams. Environmental protection initiatives can also trigger conflict and controversy, particularly when local communities are not consulted about the terms of their access to natural systems targeted for conservation.

 

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