Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 80: 31 Jan 2017


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

Refugees and Access to Water Public Conference

3 February 2017 | Geneva Water Hub, Geneva, Switzerland

The Conference on “Refugees and Access to Water” will present the results of the Geneva Water Hub Think Tank Roundtable on the “Water and Refugees: Challenges and Responses”. The speakers will discuss how to ensure access to water and sanitation for refugees, IDPs and displaced populations and how to reduce... Read More

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

NDEL 2017 Conference: Environment, National Security & Human Rights

24 February 2017 – 25 February 2017 | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT

Join NDEL to explore the intersections of environment, state security, and human lives and livelihoods. This conference will discuss practical policy recommendations and legal frameworks to address the impacts of a changing climate on: Read More


In the last two weeks, 24 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

The Curse of Oil in Iraqi Kurdistan
Erin Banco (GlobalPost Investigations, 2017)
A region once held up by the US as a beacon of hope in a broken Iraq, Kurdistan has instead — in oil’s name — fallen victim to corruption and war. Read More

Linking Water and Climate Diplomacy
Sabine Blumstein, Benjamin Pohl, and Dennis Tänzler (Adelphi, 2016)
Climate change poses numerous challenges for international river basins that are likely to intensify in the decades to come. These challenges will have significant socio-economic and political repercussions. Ensuring sustainable development and political stability in these basins, therefore requires effective adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Read More

Water Insecurity in the Indus Basin: The Costs of Noncooperation
Ashok Swain (United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health, 2017)
The world is encountering an era in which new threats and opportunities abound. Terrorism threatens peace and harmony far and wide, but equally challenging are a host of threats stemming from what many consider as even more menacing developments such as overpopulation, climate change, loss of species diversity, failures of... Read More

Consequences of the Niger Delta Amnesty Implementation on Nigeria's Upstream Petroleum Industry
Chisomaga Ihediohanma Ezeocha (Walden University, 2016)
The Niger Delta militancy ravaged the Nigerian upstream petroleum sector between 2004-2009, bringing it to a standstill. In response, the Nigerian state adopted an amnesty policy―a globally recognized tool for conflict resolution and peacebuilding―to protect the sector and the economy from collapse. Read More

Research Methods for Exploring the Links between Climate Change and Conflict
Tobias Ide (Wiley, 2017)
The potential links between climate change and conflict have received much attention in recent years, but there is little consensus on the issue in the relevant literature. So far, few methodological reflections exist in climate–conflict research. Read More

Critical Geopolitics and School Textbooks: The Case of Environment-Conflict Links in Germany
Tobias Ide (Elsevier, 2016)
This study explores the conceptual and empirical utility of studying school textbooks from a critical geopolitics perspective. School textbooks bind together various discourses, modalities and genres and can reflect the dominant knowledge in a given society. Read More

Land Grabbing, Local Contestation, and the Struggle for Economic Gain
Frankline Anum Ndi (Sage, 2017)
This article examines why peasant communities in South West Cameroon have contested a U.S.-based company’s intentions to establish an agro-industrial palm oil plantation in their region. Land investments in the form of agro plantations, if not properly conceived, negotiated, and implemented, pose a series of threats to the ecological, cultural,... Read More

International Water Rights on the White Nile of the New State of South Sudan
Andreas K. Wendl (Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, 2016)
The birth of South Sudan falls directly in the demarcation zone of the rivalry between downstream and upstream riparian states on the waters of the Nile River. The downstream states—Egypt and Sudan—stress their “natural and historic” rights to the entire flow of the Nile based on the 1959 Nile Agreement... Read More

Securing Forests for Peace and Development in Postconflict Liberia
Michael D. Beevers (African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, 2016)
Peacebuilding assumes that security and development foster the necessary conditions for a sustainable peace. No place is the coupling of security and development more evident than in postconflict natural resource governance. Natural resources are considered a security threat because revenues from them can fuel instability and finance war. Read More


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

Iraq: WASH Project Manager
27 January 2017 | Croix-Rouge Française
FRC is about to launch a project which aims at addressing the sanitation and hygiene needs of the communities on Sinjar mountain by: Read More

South Sudan: Technical Expert/Agricultural Advisor (Deadline: 2017-02-04)
27 January 2017 | International Organization for Migration
IOM is responsible for Camp Coordination and Camp Management in the Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) site. IOM requires a technical expert to conduct research and analysis on Fuel Efficient Stoves (FES) within the framework of the pilot project “Improving Women’s Participation in Camp and Governance Structures to Reduce Gender... Read More

Jordan: MENA Regional WASH Advisor (Deadline: 2017-02-08)
27 January 2017 | Oxfam GB
In MENA Region, Oxfam works in development, humanitarian, and campaigning, with a large part of the current transformation focused on a more joined-up approach by following the LRRD approach that  focuses on supporting emergency humanitarian interventions alongside long term needs of improving policy, governance and resilience that builds on our... Read More

Central African Republic: Director of Programs (Deadline: 2017-02-15)
27 January 2017 | Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Read More

DRC: Resilience and Peacebuilding Landscape Assessment (Deadline: 2017-02-15)
27 January 2017 | Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful transformation of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments see and deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Read More

Israel: Program Manager I - Program Quality Manager (Deadline: 2017-02-23)
27 January 2017 | Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular... Read More

Afghanistan: Chief of Party (Deadline: 2017-04-01)
27 January 2017 | Chemonics
Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated five year USAID Energy and Natural Resources Development Support program in Kabul, Afghanistan. The program will support the Afghanistan government in developing the country's energy market and foster private sector investment in its abundant natural resources. Read More

International News

Colombia: Land Claimant Assassinated, Presumably by Forces Wanting to Keep War Trophies
30 January 2017 | Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
Deadly attacks against displaced war victims trying to have their land returned cost yet another life on Sunday in an ongoing wave of violence against community leaders in Colombia. The latest killing took place in a rural part of Turbo, a hotbed of paramilitary activity where forced displacement in the 1990s and early 2000s... Read More

Timor-Leste: Under the Radar: East Timor’s $40 Billion Oil Conundrum
28 January 2017 | Global Risk Insights
With the host of maritime disputes in the Pacific, it is encouraging to see efforts at reconciliation and compromise, as Australia and East Timor have announced their intention to create a new maritime border agreement in 2017. Read More

Conflict Minerals: European Parliamentary Committee Backs Conflict Minerals Regulation
27 January 2017 | Tammy Lovell, Chemical Watch
European parliamentary committee backs conflict minerals Regulation. The European Parliament's international trade committee (Inta) has backed an agreement to adopt an EU Regulation on conflict minerals. Agreement will be sealed by plenary in March Read More

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Pakistan Aims for Water Treaty with Afghanistan
23 January 2017 | Maqbool Malikm, The Nation
Pakistan is about to start talks with Afghanistan to secure a bilateral treaty for the use of water related to Kabul River. The move apparently comes after recent statements by Indian leaders that New Delhi wants to gift a water reservoir to Kabul over the river as a token of... Read More

Iraq: The Minister of Oil Declares the Accomplishment of the Draft of the Oil and Gas Law
23 January 2017 | Rebuilding Iraq
Mr. Jabbar A. Allibi, the Minister of Oil, declared for the accomplishment of the laws of the national petroleum company and the national gas company by the concerned directorates in the ministry of oil. Mr. Allibi said that the draft of the laws was sent to the general secretariat of... Read More

India: MPs’ Panel Asks WB to Arbitrate on Indus Waters Treaty
21 January 2017 | Israr Khan, The News
In the face of the India’s threat to Indus Water Treaty 1960, Pakistani parliamentarians in a special combine standing committee on foreign affairs and water and power has asked the World Bank to constitute Court of Arbitration without further delay to adjudicate on issues Islamabad has raised against New Delhi’s... Read More

Vietnam/South China Sea: Vietnam Police Halt Anti-China Protest over Islands
19 January 2017 | Reuters
Police in Vietnam's capital stopped an anti-China protest within minutes on Thursday at a ceremony to commemorate a clash between the two countries in the South China Sea more than four decades ago. Vietnam and China have a longstanding dispute over the South China Sea, nearly all of which is... Read More

Myanmar: The Salween Peace Park: A Radical, Grassroots Alternative to Development in Karen State
18 January 2017 | KIC
A path has opened for environmental conservationists and rights advocates to strengthen their fight against gold mining and other socially and environmentally destructive projects in the rich forests of Karen State in eastern Myanmar: the Salween Peace Park. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 8 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Here is a sampling:

Trump, ISIS and Iraqi Oil
27 January 2017 | Eugene Kiely
President Donald Trump claimed that the Islamic State, or ISIS, would not exist if the U.S. “kept the oil when we got out” of Iraq. In fact, ISIS largely has been funded through extortion, robbery, taxes and Syrian oil, according to government reports and terrorism financing experts. Read More

Food Security: How Drought and Rising Prices Led to Conflict in Syria
26 January 2017 | Aled Jones
But what [Charlotte Church] said was correct – and there will be an increasing convergence of climate, food, economic and political crises in the coming years and decades.We need to better understand the interconnectivity of environmental, economic, geopolitical, societal and technological systems if we are to manage these crises and... Read More

Conflict Minerals in 2017 – What’s New?
25 January 2017 | Dynda A. Thomas
It’s January 2017, and some believe it will be the last year for the SECs conflict minerals rule. Read More

Famine Isn't Just a Result of Conflict—It's a Cause
25 January 2017 | Justa Hopma
The relationship between food insecurity and conflict is almost so logical that it appears to state the obvious: Conditions of food insecurity contribute to the outbreak of social, political and military conflict, which in turn produces further food insecurity. Read More

Why Iraq Needs the Oil
25 January 2017 | Jack Watling
Baghdad’s control of Iraq’s provinces is, in part, based on its custodianship of the country’s petrodollars, with the oil sector contributing up to 99 percent of government revenue. The war against ISIS, however, forced the government to divert huge sums of money to the army, as well as to the... Read More

Water Wars: Hedging Bets in the South China Sea
20 January 2017 | Chris Mirasola
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe followed last week’s trip to Manila with a busy schedule of state visits to Canberra, Jakarta, and Hanoi reaffirming Japan’s role in regional politics. Read More

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