Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 7: 15 Apr 2014


Blogs and Opinion
14 April 2014 | ELI & UNEP

A new Blogs and Opinion section has been added to the Environmental Peacebuilding website. Recent posts include "The Complex World of Big Land Deals" (Fiona Harvey, Ensia Magazine) and "Climate Change Mitigation, Peacebuilding, and Resilience" (Florian Krampe, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs). Please check back regularly for updates. Suggestions regarding relevant blogs and editorials are welcomed; please email share@environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals for The 5th International Conference on Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (Abstract Deadline: 17 June)
9 April 2014 | Islamic State University Ar-Raniry
Taking a step further from the dynamics beyond reconstruction examined through “Social Recovery” in the 4th conference, this conference will assess the effectiveness and sustainability of post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction and recovery. The focus of the conference will be on how sciences, both natural and social sciences, contribute (or did... Read More

Call For Papers: Nordic Africa Days 2014 Conference (Deadline: 15 May)
9 April 2014 | Nordic Africa Institute
The Nordic Africa Days 2014 has a thematic focus on different assumptions of governance. It cuts across research topics covering most African developments and processes, including, but not restricted to, conflict, security and democratic transformations; rural and agrarian changes, properties and resources; urban dynamics; and African international links in the... Read More

Call for Papers: Post-war Development in Asia and Africa Symposium
7 April 2014 | Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium and Centre for Poverty Analysis
The symposium approaches the question of post- war/conflict development policy as encompassing distinctive goals and processes but addressing two overarching, inter-related, and equally important imperatives. These include addressing questions of distributive justice, economic reconstruction, and sustainable and inclusive growth on the one hand, and ensuring political inclusion, democratic participation, social... Read More

Courses: Water Conflict and Negotiations
3 April 2014 | Oregon State University
How can we move debates about water resource issues beyond entrenched positions? What are some less confrontational approaches that bring conflicting interests and institutions together to craft workable solutions that build community rather than disrupt it? Read More

PATRIR and CPAU Joint Project Achieving the MDGs through Peacebuilding in Afghanistan
3 April 2014 | The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), and Peace and Unity Afghanistan (CPAU)
The objective of the project is to strengthen state, civil society and UN capacity for peacebuilding, peace consolidation and violence prevention in Afghanistan in the aftermath of violent conflict. The project will assess and engage with key state, civil society, UN, and other relevant institutions in Afghanistan, to evaluate and... Read More

Call for Papers: Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Policies (Deadline: 30 May)
3 April 2014 | Vienna University
Natural resources, be they agrarian or mineral, have become a key issue in international politics in recent years. This is due to a number of factors, including the increasing demand for resources by emerging economies (e.g. Read More


2nd Annual Global Conflict Minerals Compliance and Supply Chain Due-Diligence 2014
9 April 2014 | London, United Kingdom
The 2nd Annual Global Conflict Minerals Compliance and Supply Chain Due-Diligence 2014 is a conference that deals with tracking, management, disclosure and reporting on conflict minerals: Read More

International Humanitarian Action: Changing Responses to Conflict and Crisis
10 April 2014 | Washington, DC
From South Sudan to Syria, armed conflict throughout the globe has led to massive humanitarian needs. During a crisis, food relief, critical medical care, and access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities all require a humanitarian as well as a diplomatic response. Read More

Community Forest Governance in Liberia - An Overview of the Process
25 April 2014 | Washington, DC
The presentation will highlight the program called People, Rules and Organizations Supporting the Protection of Ecosystem Resources experience” which supports the establishment of community forests in Liberia. The program builds on USAID’s previous investments in the forestry and agricultural sectors, particularly the Land Rights and Community Forestry Program (2007-2011) and... Read More

20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management
9 June 2014 | Hannover, Germany
For centuries, one of the visible signs of the interdependence of natural resource management and societal processes was the relationship between urban and rural areas. Natural products and services were provided by rural areas, in exchange for labor, trade and cultural services offered by the urban areas. Read More

25th IPRA General Conference: Uniting For Peace - Building Sustainable Peace through Universal Values
10 August 2014 | Istanbul, Turkey
However, the end of the Cold War also witnessed a change in conflict patterns and the world faced a new generation of challenges for peace and security.  Regional conflicts with ethnic, religious and/or economic-political background appeared in the Balkans, East and Central Africa, the Middle East, Caucasus or Central Asia. Read More

Symposium: Post-war Development in Asia and Africa
1 September 2014 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
Africa and Asia have witnessed the most intense and protracted armed conflicts over the past several decades. Wars and armed conflicts in the two regions, whether centred on issues like ethnic-religious nationalisms or natural resources and commodities, are inter-twined with many other complex issues. Read More

Library Resources

Global River Basin Management Experience to Support Sustainable Wadi Management in Sudan
UNEP, 2014
In Sudan supporting the development of holistic approaches to water management contributes to priorities in increasing agricultural production and in reducing risks of conflict over natural resources. The availability of reliable water resources is a limiting factor on agricultural production in dry land areas. Read More

Extractive Industries, Revenue Allocation and Local Politics
Javier Arellano-Yanguas and Andrés Mejía-Acosta, 2014
The success of a developmental strategy based on the extraction of non-renewable resources is largely dependent on the share of revenues captured by the state from the extractive sector and the modalities that governments adopt to use and distribute those revenues. Read More

The Sahel Crisis
Food and Agriculture Organization, 2014
Despite good and average harvests in 2012 and 2013, persistent high levels of food and nutrition insecurity reflect the chronic challenges faced by vulnerable populations in the Sahel region. In 2013/2014, the cereal production in the Sahel (excluding Nigeria) is equivalent to the five years average but decrease by 12... Read More

Conflict, Climate Change and Politics: Why a Techno-centric Approach Fails the Resilience Challenge
Overseas Development Institute , 2014
This paper examines the general adherence to technocentric approaches in the resilience world, but most particularly in climate-related strategies (both adaptation and mitigation), by taking debates on the relationship between climate change and conflict (or conditions of fragility) as a form of case study. Read More

Rising Tempers, Rising Temperatures: A Look at Climate Change, Migration and Conflict and the Implications for Youth in the Sahel Region
Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program and World Bank, 2014
This paper investigates the causal chain between climate change, migration and conflict in the context of the Sahel region, with special focus on implications for the youth cohort living in the most vulnerable rural areas, and concludes with policy recommendations aimed at mitigation of the effects of climate variability and... Read More

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa
International Crisis Group, 2014
Pastoralism generates wealth and economic interdependence between farmers and cattle herders in some African countries, but it also causes tension and conflicts. Most of these result from competition for vital resources such as water or pasturelands. Read More

Conservation in a Wicked Complex World: Challenges and Solutions
Edward T. Game, Erik Meijaard, Douglas Sheil, and Eve McDonald-Madden, 2013
Most conservation challenges are complex and possess all the characteristics of so called “wicked” problems. Despite widespread recognition of this complexity conservationists possess a legacy of institutional structures, tools and practices better suited to simpler systems. We highlight two specific challenges posed by this mismatch: the difficulty of adaptive management... Read More

Life Can Change: Securing Housing, Land and Property Rights for Displaced Women
Norwegian Refugee Council, 2014
In 2011, NRC embarked on a five-year initiative aiming to increase displaced women’s access to housing, land and property (HLP) rights through international and national advocacy. The project aims to provide well-researched legal, policy and practice recommendations for the humanitarian community, including practitioners, donors, governments and civil society. Read More


Visiting Assistant Professor - MA Program in Conflict Resolution (Review of applications begins 5 May)
3 April 2014 | Georgetown University
Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution invites applications for a one-year (10 month) full-time contract appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year. The position is renewable contingent upon performance and funding. The Conflict Resolution program is housed in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Read More

Co-Coordinator - Camp Coordination & Camp Management Cluster (Deadline: 30 May)
3 April 2014 | Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
As the focal point for the cluster, CCCM Co-coordinator is accountable for the CCCM response to the humanitarian crisis. The cluster co-coordinators must ensure the inclusion of key humanitarian partners within the sector, respecting their mandates and programme priorities. Read More

Livelihoods Officer (Deadline: 18 April)
3 April 2014 | UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Under the direct supervision of Senior Programme Officer and in collaboration with the Senior Project Coordinator, the Livelihood Officer will supervise livelihood activities in two camps, Kobe and Hilaweyn funded by IKEA Foundation, under the framework of the approved multi-year strategic plan for livelihood support for Dollo Ado camps, develop... Read More

Campaigner - DRC (Deadline: 17 April)
7 April 2014 | Global Witness
We are seeking a highly-motivated and experienced Campaigner to join our campaign to break the links between natural resources, conflict and corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This will involve investigating resource-fuelled corruption and conflict in DRC, carrying out field investigations, writing reports, carrying out advocacy and working with... Read More

Campaign Leader - DRC (Deadline: 17 April)
7 April 2014 | Global Witness
We are seeking a highly-motivated and experienced Campaign Leader to lead our campaign to break the links between natural resources, conflict and corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This will involve managing a skilled team investigating resource-fuelled corruption and conflict in DRC, developing campaign strategies, writing reports, carrying out... Read More

International News

United States: Appeals Court Strikes Down Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule
14 April 2014 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
Federal appellate judges today struck down a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that required companies to disclose whether minerals in their products were mined in conflict-ridden central Africa. Read More

China: Hagel Spars With Chinese Over Islands and Security
8 April 2014 | Helene Cooper, The New York Times
BEIJING — The United States and China clashed over Japan on Tuesday as the Chinese defense minister asserted that Beijing had “indisputable sovereignty” over a group of islands in the East China Sea and that his country’s military stood ready to protect its interests in territorial disputes. Read More

Pakistan: Security Forces Press Offensive Against Separatists
7 April 2014 | Reuters, The New York Times
Pakistani security forces killed 30 separatist militants on Monday in an offensive in Baluchistan, a senior official said, in one of the biggest clashes in months in the province. Insurgents fighting for independence accuse the government of exploiting the gas and mineral reserves of the province but neglecting the poverty... Read More

Myanmar: Ploughing Protesters Highlight Land Grab Grievances in Myanmar
6 April 2014 | Vincent MacIsaac, South China Morning Post
Myanmar's swift economic development has been marked by the rise of a new class of political dissidents: the ploughing protesters. Read More

Myanmar: Rare Myanmar Ecosystems Protected Only on Paper
5 April 2014 | Denis D. Gray, Associated Press
Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish life. Read More

Myanmar: NLD Leader Offers to Intervene in Land Ownership Dispute
4 April 2014 | Su Myat Wai and Kay Zue, Mizzima
National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help nearly 300 families from Yangon’s Mayangone Township who say they are the victims of a land-grab for a real estate project. Read More

South Sudan: At Quiet Rebel Base, Plotting an Assault on South Sudan’s Oil Fields
3 April 2014 | Jacey Fortin, The New York Times
NASIR, South Sudan — There are only four bullets in the rifle that Liep Wiyual plans to use against government troops on the front lines in South Sudan. Read More

World: Climate Change Will 'Lead to Battles for Food', says Head of World Bank
3 April 2014 | Larry Elliott, The Guardian
Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV. Read More

Myanmar: Will Burma’s Timber Ban Curb or Entrench Corruption?
2 April 2014 | Feliz Solomon, Democratic Voice of Burma
A ban on all raw timber exports from Burma came into effect on Tuesday, in an attempt to rein in one of the country’s highly lucrative and notoriously corrupt extractives. The new regulation, which criminalises cross-border trade of unrefined wood products, is meant to stop the flow of raw resources... Read More

Afghanistan: WCS Applauds Afghanistan's Declaration Establishing Entire Wakhan District as the Country's Second National Park
2 April 2014 | Newswise
Newswise — The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Afghanistan Government’s recent declaration establishing the entire Wakhan District, one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan, as the nation's second national park. Read More

Philippines: United Nations Country Team statement: Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro
1 April 2014 | Relief Web
Source: UN Country Team in The Philippines Country: Philippines The United Nations Country Team welcomes the momentous signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the final peace agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Read More

South Sudan: Egypt Tries to Woo South Sudan in Nile Water Dispute
31 March 2014 | Ayah Aman, Al-Monitor
CAIRO — Egypt is continuing to develop relations with South Sudan in an effort to protect Egyptian water interests within its borders, through which the White Nile flows. This comes at a time when the dispute between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the Nile's waters is escalating. Read More

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