Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 11: 10 Jun 2014


Call for Applications: PhD Fellowships at Department of Food and Resource Economics
6 June 2014 | University of Copenhagen
Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) is offering a number of PhD scholarships from the 1 November 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Read More

Call for Applications: Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
5 June 2014 | The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program
Scoville Fellows interested in "Environmental and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity" will support and participate in a host organization, in Washington D.C., by writing, researching, organizing and generally supporting the organization's goals. Read More

Courses: Updated Conflict Minerals Training Course Now Available from WeComply
5 June 2014 | WeComply, Inc.
WeComply, Inc., a Thomson Reuters business and leader in web-based ethics and compliance training, has announced an updated version of its Conflict Minerals training course. The course covers the fundamentals of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Conflict Minerals Rule and reflects the April 14, 2014 federal court ruling that limits... Read More

Call for Papers: Conference on Stewardship of Planet Earth
31 May 2014 | UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR)
On 6 & 7 November 2014, the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) & UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction (GCII) will be hosting a two day conference that will seek to explore the concept of stewardship for planet earth from a multitude perspectives. Read More


14th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference
23 June 2014 | International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands
The Network of European Peace Scientists have invited scholars from an interdisciplinary community to present recent research related to peace at their 14th annual meeting. The conference, taking place 23rd to 25th June, 2014, in the Hague, includes panels on climate change and conflict, conflict and livelihood decisions in the Chittagong... Read More

Report launch: Pollution Politics: Power, Accountability and Toxic Remnants of War
2 July 2014 | Amnesty International UK, London
Our new report Pollution Politics examines where responsibility lies for reducing the health and environmental risks from military and conflict pollution. Where are the weaknesses in the current legal regimes for environmental protection? What capacity do affected states have to ensure that the fundamental rights of their citizens are protected? Are obligations... Read More

International Workshop - Environmental Conflicts: Planning, Issues and Resolution
4 September 2014 | Bucharest, Romania
The conference is organized by the Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University of Bucharest, in partnership with Faculty of Geography, Association for Biodiversity Conservation, and Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI through project number PN-II-RU-TE-2011-3-0285. Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 20 new publications were added to our online library of resources on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Whose Development? Human Rights Abuses in Sierra Leone's Mining Boom
Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch, 2014)
This report focuses on the human rights impact of the mining activity of African Minerals Limited in Sierra Leone. It examines not only why the April 2012 protest in Bumbuna happened, but how the Sierra Leonean government, while promoting the company’s operations as essential to Sierra Leone’s economic development, permitted... Read More

Risky Business: Linking Afghanistan’s Extractive Industry to Peacebuilding Efforts
Adam Simpson (Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI), 2014)
A British-Afghan team recently revived a 1970’s Soviet geological survey on Afghanistan that details an untapped “trillion-dollar” mineral play including copper and iron ore worth hundreds of billions of dollars, in addition to gold, silver, and other exotic materials. Read More

All That Glitters is Not Gold: Dubai, Congo and the Illicit Trade of Conflict Minerals
Partnership Africa Canada, 2014
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) has released a report that seeks to better understand the illicit trade of gold, and to a lesser degree, diamonds, emanating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the role industry and state actors play - primarily in neighboring countries and the United Arab Emirates... Read More

Truce or Transition? Trends in Human Rights Abuse and Local Response in Southeast Myanmar Since the 2012 Ceasefire
Karen Human Rights Group, 2014
Human rights conditions have been transformed on the ground in rural Southeast Myanmar since the signing of a preliminary ceasefire agreement between the Myanmar government and the Karen National Union in January 2012. While some forms of human rights abuse documented by KHRG since 1992 remain of serious concern, others... Read More

In the Eye of the Storm: An Analysis of Internal Conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State
Rachel Gordon (Feinstein International Center), 2014
Climate change and environmental degradation have increased the competition of natural resources, exacerbating political violence and instability. Although climate change and violence are weakly linked, lacking proper literature, land and other conflict resources must be taken into account when analyzing conflict in South Sudan, the only place on the planet... Read More


Chief of Party - Food for Peace Program, Nepal
4 June 2014 | Save the Children
Save the Children is currently recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) who will be responsible for the delivery, performance and management of a five-year procurement focused on building resilience among targeted vulnerable populations within Nepal through improved health and nutrition, strengthened and diversified livelihoods as well as enhanced capacity... Read More

Senior Policy Advisor - U.S. (Deadline: 2014-06-12)
29 May 2014 | Global Witness
Global Witness is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Policy Advisor to work alongside our Head of U.S. Office to combat natural-resource related corruption and conflict in the natural resource sector and push Global Witness’s key campaign priorities in the U.S. This will involve high level advocacy with the U.S. Read More

Programme Director - DRC (Deadline: 2014-06-20)
29 May 2014 | International Alert
International Alert is recruiting for a Programme Director for the Africa Programme (AP) to cover maternity leave for the Deputy Country Manager. The post will be based in Bukavu, DRC with frequent travel within the DRC and occasionally within the region and to London. Read More

Chief of Party - Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Ethiopia (Deadline: 2014-07-15)
4 June 2014 | International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project in Ethiopia, which will focus on WASH interventions for enhanced resilience, including a natural resource management (NRM) component. Read More

International News

Myanmar: Thein Sein Rails Against Corruption and Global Warming
6 June 2014 | Eleven
Corruption is more likely to destabilise Myanmar’s development than terrorism, President Thein Sein told a gathering in Nay Pyi Taw to mark World Environmental Day yesterday. Read More

Colombia: Milestone in Colombia Peace Process Addresses Illicit Crops But Not Root Problem
5 June 2014 | Relief Web
Source: International Peace Institute Country: Colombia by Ricardo Vargas The peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a milestone on May 16, 2014 with a partial agreement on drug trafficking. Read More

China/Philippines: China Refuses to Defend its South China Sea Claims to UN Court
4 June 2014 | Bloomberg
China refused to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea to a United Nations tribunal because it doesn’t recognize international arbitration of its dispute with the Philippines. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Initial Conflict Minerals Filings Highlight Lack Of Supply Chain Transparency
2 June 2014 | Insurance News Net
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The deadline for public companies' first disclosure to the SEC on conflict minerals has finally arrived, and one thing is becoming very clear—there's still lots of work to be done to get to transparency. Read More

Sudan: 41 Killed in Sudan Clashes Over Oil-Rich Land
2 June 2014 | Global Post
At least 41 people have been killed in clashes between rival Sudanese clans over the ownership of land being explored for oil in West Kordofan state, a tribal source said. Read More

Russia/Ukraine: Russia Gives Ukraine More Time to Pay for Natural Gas
2 June 2014 | Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times
MOSCOW — Russia’s state-controlled energy giant, Gazprom, on Monday pushed back by a week its ultimatum to Ukraine to pay in advance for natural gas or face a shutoff. It also lowered its asking price, signaling a softening of its stance in the two countries’ pipeline politics. Read More

Iraq/Syria/Turkey: A New Turkish Aggression Against Syria: Ankara Suspends Pumping Euphrates’ Water
30 May 2014 | Suhaib Anjarini, Al-Akhbar English
The Turkish government recently cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis. Al-Akhbar found out that the water level in Lake Assad has dropped by about six meters, leaving millions of Syrians without drinking water. Read More

World: How Does State Fragility Affect Rural Development? Evidence From Afghanistan, the Democratic Republicof the Congo, Yemen, Nepal, and Bolivia
29 May 2014 | Relief Web
Source: Institute of Development Studies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Country: Afghanistan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, World, Yemen Executive summary and key findings International development agencies are focusing increasingly on fragile and conflict-affected states and the challenges they are facing in achieving... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

New MEPs must tackle conflict minerals
4 June 2014 | Gavin Hayman
Europe’s nearly half a billion consumers are driving a rising global demand for minerals such as tungsten, tantalum, and gold. Read More

Water Wars in the Middle East - $1 Trillion is at Stake
4 June 2014 | Garikai Chengdu
Water is to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th ... the commodity that determines the wealth and stability of nations, writes Garikai Chengdu. Read More

IBM, CREE, ABB, NetApp, EMC come clean about conflict minerals
2 June 2014 | Lauren K. Ohnesorge
Tech and manufacturing companies are scrambling to come clean about where they get their minerals - but the end result leaves a lot of questions and few specifics. To sum up, the bulk of the companies responding can't say with absolute certainty where their materials come from. Read More

The Pentagon Wants to Tackle Climate Change -- But Congress Forbids It
28 May 2014 | Mark Strauss
As rising sea levels begin to engulf naval bases and extreme weather exacerbates conflicts worldwide, the military has sounded the alarm that climate change poses a long-term threat to U.S. security. The GOP response? It passed legislation that blocks funding for any Pentagon program that tackles climate change. Read More

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