Environmental Peacebuilding and Political Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Nepal

Environmental Peacebuilding and Political Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Nepal

Source: Uppsala University, 2015

Author(s): Florian Krampe

Countries: Nepal

Topics: Peace Agreements, Programming

Added: 09/06/2016


Environmental issues in post-conflict societies have received increased interest as scholars recognize that ‘populations caught up in conflicts or living in post-conflict societies are often more vulnerable to climate change’. Some researchers and policymakers argue that ‘environmental peacebuilding’, i.e. the consideration of environmental issues in post-conflict policies, can contribute to peace. Particularly, environmental impact assessments that are dealing with the ecological impact of warfare have emerged as a trend in the activities of international peacebuilding agencies and actors since 1999. These impact assessments have moved more recently from the focus on warfare pollution, to the impact on natural resources of a country and to the management and governance of natural resources after conflicts. The latter has become the dominant focus of environmental peacebuilding studies, as visible in Matthew et al., and a new book series. But environmental peacebuilding is elementary part of a longer on-going scholarship on environmental cooperation.


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