Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 78: 3 Jan 2017


Environmental Peacebuilding: 2016 in Review
3 January 2017 | ELI and UNEP
2016 saw many developments in environmental peacebuilding. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Environmental Peacebuilding partnership and from the broader field. Read More


For more upcoming events on environmental peacebuilding, please visit our online calendar of events.

ISA's 58th Annual Convention

22 February 2017 – 25 February 2017 | International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD

The International Studies Association Annual Convention includes many sessions and other events related to environmental peacebuilding. It is one of the primary places for early career scholars and professionals to deepen their knowledge of international studies, expand their networks, showcase their research and learn some tools of the trade. Read More

22nd Annual Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit: Sessions on Marine Environment in the South China Sea

10 March 2017 – 11 March 2017 | Environmental and Energy Society of Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA

The Environmental and Energy Society of Tulane University Law School proudly hosts the 22nd annual Summit to bring together professionals and the public on current and pressing environmental and legal policy issues. This year, the conference will include 20 panels on a wide range of environmental issues with nearly 70... Read More


In the last two weeks, 14 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Object-Based Image Analysis for the Assessment of Mineral Extraction in Conflict Regions – A Case Study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Olaf Kranz, Elisabeth Schoepfer, Kristin Spröhnle, and Stefan Lang (The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 2016)
In this study object-based image analysis (OBIA) techniques were applied to assess land cover changes related to mineral extraction in a conflict-affected area of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over a period of five years based on very high resolution (VHR) satellite data of different sensors. Read More

U.S. Domestic Regulation of Global Conflict Resources
Michael D. Beevers (Orbis, 2016)
The violent conflicts in developing countries during the 1990s too often were blamed on rebel groups fighting for natural resource loot. Yet, the natural resources do not cause conflict, which is often rooted in deep-seated and historically contingent sets of grievances. Read More

Natural Resources and Violent Conflict in Central Africa
Andrew Stravers, Raheem Chaudhry, Tawheeda Wahabzada, and Michael Findley (Innovations for Peace and Development, University of Texas, 2016)
Conflict has ravaged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for almost two decades. Scholars have proposed a number of theories to explain the role that mineral resources have played in this ongoing conflict. Some claim that natural resources play a leading role in providing funding for rebel operations, and... Read More

Hydropolitics in Transboundary Water Conflict Cooperation
Subash Prasad Rai, Aaron T. Wolf, Nayan Sharma, and Harinarayan Tiwari (Springer, 2016)
Water is a fundamental human need and key to economic development. Since the beginning of civilization, people have faced problems associated with river and freshwater sharing. To add on to the precarious situation, most of the freshwater rivers are transboundary rivers, i.e. Read More

International Symposium on Water Diplomacy: An Overview
SIWI, 2016
In recent years, diplomacy has evolved to be more inclusive, open and transparent, involving more diverse actors than the traditional diplomats, in order to better tackle complex global challenges such as water scarcity and climate change. Global interdependencies are growing. Read More

War and Wildlife: Linking Armed Conflict to Conservation
Kaitlyn M. Gaynor, Kathryn J. Fiorella, Gillian H. Gregory, David J. Kurz, Katherine L. Seto, Lauren S. Withey, and Justin S. Brashares (Ecological Society of America, 2016)
Armed conflict throughout the world's biodiversity hotspots poses a critical threat to conservation efforts. To date, research and policy have focused more on the ultimate outcomes of conflict for wildlife rather than on the ecological, social, and economic processes that create those outcomes. Read More

Water, Livestock, and Malnutrition: Findings from an Impact Assessment of “Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition” Programming in the Dar Sila Region of Eastern Chad, 2012–2015
Anastasia Marshak, Helen Young, and Anne Radday (Feinstein International Center, 2016)
The Dar Sila region of eastern Chad experiences highly variable rainfall, seasonal food insecurity, and high prevalence of acute malnutrition. In 2012, Concern Worldwide put in place an integrated program that combines nutrition, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and food, income, and markets (FIM) in the Dar Sila Region... Read More


Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

DRC: Technical Assistant International (ATI) - Agronomist, Expert in Sustainable Agricultural Production tTechniques (Deadline: 2017-01-13)
2 January 2017 | Belgian Development Agency
L’objet du programme est d’augmenter les revenus des paysans par le désenclavement des zones de production agricole et l’appui aux systèmes d’exploitation familiale. Le volet développement agricole vise l’amélioration des productions agricoles dans la zone et une augmentation durable des revenus des exploitations familiales provenant de leurs activités agricoles, dans... Read More

Afghanistan: Small Scale Food-Processing Consultant (Deadline: 2017-01-14)
2 January 2017 | Roots of Peace
Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization whose mission is to rid the world of landmines and other remnants of war by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland and communities through a focus on sustainable, organic farming practices. Read More

South Sudan: Area Coordinator (Deadline: 2017-01-26)
2 January 2017 | Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
As camp manager, ACTED coordinates the delivery of services to internally displaced people and refugees in Maban, Awerial, Bor and Juba Counties benefiting a total of over 140,000 refugees and 110,000 internally displaced persons. Within the scope of camp management interventions, ACTED’s team in South Sudan undertake a multi-sectoral approach... Read More

Technical Advisor I, Agriculture Livelihoods (Deadline: 2017-01-27)
2 January 2017 | Catholic Relief Services
The CRS Agricultural Livelihoods signature program area has a 5 year strategic goal to provide a pathway to prosperity for 2 million rural households. Working through our partner network we aim to provide poor rural farming families with the assets, skills and links to markets and services that they require... Read More

Yemen: Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor (Deadline: 2017-01-31)
2 January 2017 | Relief International
Relief International is a humanitarian, non-profit agency providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, and development assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts. The Food Security & Livelihood Technical Advisor role is to provide quality technical leadership and advice for the design; implementation and monitoring of RI’s food security and livelihoods... Read More

International News

Myanmar: Myanmar's Military Land Grab
2 January 2017 | Reuters
In Ye Bu, interviews with civilian officials, an army major and nearly two dozen farmers show that the local military command is putting up a fight to keep the land it now controls. The army sued 96 farmers who have continued to work on the disputed land on charges including... Read More

Vietnam: Reliving Agent Orange: What If Casualties Don’t End on the Battlefield, but Extend to Future Generations?
31 December 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh, Virginian-Pilot and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica
There are many ways to measure the cost of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War: in bombs (7 million tons), in dollars ($760 billion in today’s dollars) and in bodies (58,220). But what if the casualties don’t end there? Read More

Afghanistan: Farmers without Markets: Afghanistan's Struggle toward an Agricultural Economy
30 December 2016 | Mohammad Abed Shirzai, Diplomat
Afghan farmers struggle to gain access to regional markets as insecurity, poor market conditions, lack of technical support from the government, farmers’ displacement, and cheap food imports from neighboring countries continue to threaten the formation of a sustainable agriculture-based economy. Read More

Colombia: Rebels and Soldiers Who Don’t Qualify for Colombia’s Amnesty Could Pay Their Debt to Society by Clearing Land Mines
29 December 2016 | Gideon Lichfield, Quartz
Colombia’s congress today passed an amnesty law for FARC rebels and Colombian soldiers who committed crimes during the country’s half-century-long civil war. It’s the first, and perhaps most crucial, of several laws entailed by the peace accord that the government and the FARC signed last month. Read More

Egypt/Ethiopia: Ethiopia Says Dialogue with Egypt the Only Way to Resolve Conflict over Nile Dam
26 December 2016 | Middle East Monitor
Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Sunday that dialogue is the only way to resolve any problem that may arise with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam on the River Nile. Read More

Conflict Minerals: State Department Signals Interest in How Tech Companies Address Abuses in Cobalt Supply Chain
23 December 2016 | Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post
The U.S. government is taking an increased interest in how American technology companies plan to address human rights abuses in Congo’s cobalt mines, according to a senior State Department official. The attention from State comes as industry groups have recently launched two initiatives aimed at curbing child labor and other dangerous... Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Oil Wells Set on Fire by ISIS Are Still Burning Four Months after the Terror Group Torched Them... and the Soot has Turned Mosul’s Sheep Black
23 December 2016 | Gareth Davies, Daily Mail
ISIS set fire to oil wells before the Qayyarah area was recaptured by Iraqi forces in August, and these have burned for months, turning sheep that graze in the area black with soot. Read More

India/Pakistan: Are India and Pakistan Set for Water Wars?
22 December 2016 | Navin Singh Khadka, BBC
India is stepping up efforts to maximise its water use from the western rivers of the Indus basin, senior officials have told the BBC. Experts say Delhi is using the water issue to put pressure on Pakistan in the dispute over Kashmir. Read More

Afghanistan: Saffron Cultivation Hits Record High in Afghanistan
22 December 2016 | TOLO News
The increase in saffron production is a result of continued technical, financial and training support provided by MAIL to Afghan farmers, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. He called on all Afghan farmers to grow legal crops instead of poppy and turn the country into a poppy... Read More

Sudan/South Sudan: Sudan, South Sudan Reach Deal on Oil Financial Arrangements
21 December 2016 | South Sudan News Agency
Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to extend oil financial arrangements after days of tough negotiations. The new agreement is extended for three years and could be renewed for another three years depending on the two nations interests. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 6 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website.

South Sudan Oil: A Curse or a Blessing
31 December 2016 | Isaac Yak R. Tutdel
The Petroleum Industry in South Sudan (PISS) was inherited from the continuing Sudan and sustains long historical records. South Sudan is endowed with significant non-renewable natural resources that would have an enormous positive transformational impact on the South Sudanese communities if polices to exploit them were for the benefits of... Read More

Averting Water Wars in Asia
28 December 2016 | Brahma Chellaney
Water is a precious resource, for which there is no substitute. One-third of the people in the world facing water stress or water scarcity live in India, which generously signed a treaty in 1960 reserving over 80 per cent of the waters of the six-river Indus system for its adversary Pakistan. Read More

The Indo-Pakistan Water Conflict
26 December 2016 | Dr. Waseem Ahmad Qureshi
The Indo-Pakistan water conflict dates back to 1948, when India first blocked the river water flow to Pakistan and threatened the agrarian system of the time. The bone of contention between India and Pakistan is Kashmir, neither country being willing to renounce its claim on the state due to the... Read More

Water Wars: China Confronts US as Manila Cozies with China
23 December 2016 | Chris Mirasola
The Chinese Navy seized a US underwater drone as it was about to be retrieved by a US naval vessel approximately 50 nautical miles off the Philippines coast last Thursday. It was the first such seizure by the Chinese in recent memory. Read More

High-Tech Agriculture Can Prevent Oncoming Global Water Wars
23 December 2016 | Rupesh Paudyal
Forget about oil or gas – you should be worrying about the less discussed but far more concerning fact that the world is running out of clean, drinkable water. Nepal’s capital and largest city has a severe water shortage. Read More

The Colombian Peace Deal and Produce Exports
23 December 2016 | Andes Fruits Colombia GM Matt Aaron
In the ever-changing landscape of world agriculture, Colombia is one of the most volatile countries. Personnel shortages habitually occur during the Christmas and Easter seasons, making it difficult to ship fruit. Colombia has arguably the most expensive domestic logistics costs in the Andean region. Read More

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Environmental Peacebuilding is a knowledge platform and global community of practice on natural resources, conflict, and peace, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), UN Environment, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo. The platform unites a global network of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in fragile states and conflict-affected settings. The platform also helps people to access new publications on the topic, conduct new research, and participate in events to support the growth of the field. As part of our Community of Practice, we bring you biweekly updates on recent developments, including news about our program as well as links to new publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job openings.

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