Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 81: 14 Feb 2017


Application Deadline Extended: 2017 Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master’s Programme
9 February 2017 | UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, University for Peace, and Oregon State University (OSU)
The Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Master’s Programme is recruiting competitive applicants from around the world for enrollment in a two-year, three-degree international master’s programme. The application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2017 for the 2017 academic year. Read More

Call for Proposals: Moving Energy Initiative
6 February 2017 | Moving Energy Initiative
The Moving Energy Initiative is excited to launch a call for proposals to support investment in a small number of pilot projects that aim to reduce fossil fuel consumption and improve energy access in displacement settings in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Jordan. Read More

EcoPeace’s Center for Water Security Internship Program
2 February 2017 | EcoPeace Middle East
The EcoPeace internship is an opportunity for high-caliber international students and young professionals to gain first-hand experience in the emerging field of environmental peacemaking, as well as providing support for EcoPeace’s ongoing projects and programs. EcoPeace is a trailblazer in the field, this position offers an opportunity to engage in... Read More

Seeking Applicants: 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship
2 February 2017 | Rotary International
Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and... 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

Myanmar Environment Expo

24 February 2017 – 26 February 2017 | MiTA Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar Electricity Exhibition will be co-located with Myanmar Solar Expo and Myanmar Environment Expo in Yangon during 24-26 Feb 2017. Read More

Panorama Webinar: Gender Mainstreaming Solutions for Protected Areas

9 March 2017 | Panorama Solutions, Webinar

This PANORAMA Webinar will showcase gender mainstreaming solutions for protected areas. These solutions demonstrate how women's participation and inclusion in protected area management and governance contributes to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and peacebuilding. Presenters from a range of countries will introduce their solutions, explain what made them successful and discuss... Read More


In the last two weeks, 45 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Recurring Storms: Food Insecurity, Political Instability, and Conflict
Emmy Simmons (Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2017)
Changes in global weather patterns are now projected to have potentially devastating impacts on agriculture in the coming years and decades. The rising “double burden” of malnutrition already threatens to dampen global progress toward better health. Read More

Gendered Vulnerabilities of Smallholder Farmers to Climate Change in Conflict-Prone Areas: A Case Study from Mindanao, Philippines
Alvin Chandra, Karen E. McNamara, Paul Dargusch, Ana Maria Caspe, and Dante Dalabajan (Journal of Rural Studies, 2017)
Smallholder farmers in the Philippines are typically considered to be particularly vulnerable to climate change, yet, relatively little is known about how that vulnerability differs between men and women farmers, particularly in conflict-prone areas. Using the region of Mindanao in Philippines as a case study, this paper presents an analysis... Read More

Russian Gas Games or Well-Oiled Conflict? Energy Security and the 2014 Ukraine Crisis
Thijs Van de Graaf and Jeff D. Colgan (Energy Research & Social Science, 2017)
This essay explores the link between energy security and the 2014 Ukraine crisis. Whenever there is an international conflict involving a major oil or gas producer, commentators are often quick to assume a direct link, and the Ukraine crisis was no exception. Read More

New "Backdraft" Podcast Series, on the Peace and Conflict Consequences of Climate Responses [Audio]
Lauren Herzer Risi (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2017)
The science is clear: To prevent major disruption, the global community must take steps to address climate change. But it is also increasingly clear that efforts to address climate change can have major effects on societies that are not always anticipated. Read More

Is Human Security a Relevant Concept in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation Policies?
Katriona McGlade, Christiane Gerstetter, Elizabeth Tedsen, and Rodrigo Vidaurre (Springer, 2017)
This paper analyses the relevance of the concept of human security for the purpose of climate adaptation policies. The starting point of this inquiry is recent high-level debates and reports framing climate change as a security issue. Read More

Climate Security as a Framework for Climate Policy and Governance
Mohamed Behnassi (Springer, 2017)
There is growing evidence that the impacts of climate change have the potential to trigger or amplify many risks and vulnerabilities with the possibility of increasing the likelihood of tensionsand conflicts in many fragile countries. This may also undermine the ability ofsomegovernmentsto provide the conditions necessary for human security. Read More

The Empirical Visibility of Land Use Conflicts: From Latent to Manifest Conflict through Law Enforcement in a National Park in Indonesia
Yusran Yusran, Muhammad Alif K. Sahide, Supratman Supratman, Adrayanti Sabar, Max Krott, and Lukas Giessen (Land Use Policy, 2017)
The rich literatures about land use conflicts make a valuable contribution by empirically describing the substance of local land use conflicts and through this making those cases accessible for research from multiple science disciplines. Those studies, however, often are descriptive in nature, and have a rather vague theoretical conceptualisation of conflict. Read More

Oil Palm-Community Conflict Mapping in Indonesia: A Case for Better Community Liaison in Planning for Development Initiatives
Nicola K. Abram, Erik Meijaard, Kerrie A. Wilson, Jacqueline T. Davis, Jessie A. Wells, Marc Ancrenaz, Sugeng Budiharta, Alexandra Durrant, Afif Fakhruzzi, Rebecca K. Runting, David Gaveau, and Kerrie Mengersen (Applied Geography, 2017)
Conflict between large-scale oil-palm producers and local communities is widespread in palm-oil producer nations. With a potential doubling of oil-palm cultivation in Indonesia in the next ten years it is likely that conflicts between the palm-oil industry and communities will increase. Read More

Renewable Natural Resource Shocks and Conflict Intensity: Findings from India's Ongoing Maoist Insurgency
Kishore Gawande, Devesh Kapur, and Shanker Satyanath (Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2017)
An interesting stream of the civil conflict literature has identified an important subset of civil conflicts with disastrous consequences, that is, those that emerge as a consequence of shocks to renewable natural resources like land and water. Read More

Resource Cursed or Policy Cursed? US Regulation of Conflict Minerals and Violence in the Congo
Dominic P. Parker and Bryan Vadheim (Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2017)
There is widespread belief that civil conflict in poorly governed countries is triggered by surging international demand for their natural resources. We study the consequences of US legislation grounded in this belief, the “conflict minerals” section of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Read More


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

Syria: Project Officer Shelter/WASH (Deadline: 2017-02-15)
7 February 2017 | Danish Refugee Council
DRC has been working in the MENA region since 2003 and is currently one of the few international organizations registered and operating legally in the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Libya and Jordan. Since 2013, DRC has been operating as the largest INGO responding to the Syrian crisis in... Read More

Turkey: Project Officer Livelihood (Deadline: 2017-02-15)
7 February 2017 | Expertise France
Expertise France is a public agency created on 1st January 2015 and merging 6 French public agencies under the supervision of the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economy and Finance with a strong inter-ministerial vocation. EF offers project engineering and technical assistance by developing and implementing international cooperation actions worldwide. Read More

Iraq: WASH Project Officer (Deadline: 2017-02-19)
9 February 2017 | Danish Refugee Council
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation working in more than 30 countries throughout the world.The WASH Project Officer will provide support and supervision to daily construction activities on WASH in camps and other sites of implementation. Read More

DRC: Program Assistant (Deadline: 2017-02-20)
9 February 2017 | Natural Resource Governance Institute
The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is an independent, non-profit policy institute that promotes responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. Too often natural resource wealth results in corruption and poverty, instead of growth and development. Read More

Liberia /Sierra Leone: Programme Manager - Engineering (Deadline: 2017-02-26)
9 February 2017 | Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide are a global community of humanitarians, partners, community members, supporters, donors, and volunteers who share a common vision of a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression, and all can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living, can have access to the opportunities... Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Livelihood Project Manager (Deadline: 2017-02-27)
9 February 2017 | Croix-Rouge Française
Based on its experience and capacity in Iraq, FRC has decided to mainly focus its operation on sectors of livelihood and WASH. Indeed FRC was already implementing WASH activities for Syrian refugees in Domiz camp in the Dohuk governorate as well as in Khanke camp for IDPs population. Read More

Lebanon: WASH and Consortium Advisor (Deadline: 2017-02-28)
9 February 2017 | Croix-Rouge Française
The mission of the French Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate all human suffering, and contribute to all efforts related to protection, social welfare, prevention, education and health care. Read More

Turkey: Program Manager II - Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster (Deadline: 2017-03-02)
9 February 2017 | Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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... Read More

International News

China/South China Sea: Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea
12 February 2017 | Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: Read More

Mozambique/Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe and Mozambique Border Conflict Escalates
12 February 2017 | Bernard Chiketo, Nehanda Radio
Zimbabwe and Mozambique are both suffering rising casualties and cattle rustling during skirmishes along their border in an area plagued by conflict over scarce resources, officials and villagers say. Read More

Iraq: Fireballs and Booby Traps: On the Front Lines with the Oil Workers Battling ISIS
12 February 2017 | Peter Holley, Washington Post
Fifty miles north in Mosul, beleaguered Islamic State fighters have lost control of half of their last major stronghold as Iraqi security forces advance. But at least five of the 25 oil well fires left in the militants’ wake still rage, according to Reuters, forming a second front in the... Read More

Africa: Land Grabbing in Africa 'Is Fueling Conflicts'
9 February 2017 | Emmanuelle Landais, Deutsche Welle
The study by Washington-based Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a global network advocating for the land and forest rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, compares databases of conflicts in Africa and the world, focusing on three regions: West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Proposed Trump Executive Order Would Allow US Firms to Sell 'Conflict Minerals'
8 February 2017 | Ed Pilkington, Guardian
The Trump administration has prepared a new executive order that would extinguish regulatory controls designed to prevent US companies profiting from and encouraging the spread of “conflict minerals” that are inflaming violence in Congo. Read More

Iraq: The Truth behind Oil Theft in Iraq's Basra
5 February 2017 | Salam Zidane, Al-Monitor
Iraqi members of parliament have recently addressed the Oil Ministry with allegations related to the daily theft of Basra oil due to the malfunctioning of oil counters, to which the ministry responded without offering any proof. Read More

India: No Water Wars Here: How 2 Villages on Kerala-Karnataka Border Share Water Every Year
3 February 2017 | Aishhwariya Subramanian, Better India
Although news is generally dominated by disputes that sprout between different states in India over sharing of water from the country’s rivers, there is a quiet oasis of water camaraderie between two adjacent villages from Karnataka and Kerala. Actually it is not an oasis but a barrage. Read More

Iraq: Emergency Fertilizer Distributions Help Conflict-Affected Iraqi Farmers Increase Wheat Production
2 February 2017 | UN FAO
More than 2 000 farmers affected by conflict in Iraq have received 750 tonnes of fertilizer from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to increase production of their winter wheat crops. The farmers, from Alqosh and Sheikan districts of Ninewa Governorate each received 350 kilograms of... Read More

Conflict Minerals: For Conflict Minerals and Resource Extraction Disclosures, the End Appears Nigh
1 February 2017 | Kristyn Hyland, Bureau of National Affairs
Acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Michael Piwowar took the first steps toward scaling back the conflict mineral disclosure rule Jan. 31, directing the SEC staff to reconsider the agency’s guidance on the rule. The rule requires companies and foreign private issuers in the U.S. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 14 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Here is a sampling:

Four Takeaways from 'Recurring Storms: Food Insecurity, Political Instability and Conflict'
9 February 2017 | Jennifer Ehidiamen
From threats of famine in Somalia caused by drought, to hunger in Syria caused by war, the development community is increasingly faced with the enormous challenge of addressing global food insecurity and political instability around the world, especially in fragile states. Read More

Land at the Heart of Myanmar’s Transition
7 February 2017 | Anna Wellenstein
Struggles over land in Myanmar have been a defining characteristic of the country’s six decades of armed conflict.In the past, government acquired lands for extracting natural resources, commercialized farming, and ambitious infrastructure projects, such as building of the new capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. Read More

Will Central Asia Fight over Water Resources?
6 February 2017 | Fuad Shahbazov
Water has always been a major cause of wars and border conflicts in the Central Asian region. For being one of the greatest geographical regions, Central Asia has limited water resources. Modern history of the region has been fueled with various ethnic and territorial clashes. Read More

What’s the Future for the Conflict Minerals Rule?
3 February 2017 | Rob Bates
The controversial Dodd-Frank Section 1502 will likely be weakened by the new administration. Just as there is much uncertainty over how the new administration will handle conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process, the fate of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act appears pretty unclear. Read More

Confronting Global Security in an Era of Water Instabilities
3 February 2017 | Kris Hartley, Cecilia Tortajada, and Asit K. Biswas
Political instability complicated by water security threats compromises America’s ability to navigate global security challenges. The state of global security and stability appears more precarious now than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Read More

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