Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 12: 24 Jun 2014


Call for Applications: PhD Candidate in Geography
24 June 2014 | Norwegian University of Science and Technology
A temporary position as PhD candidate in Geography is available at the Department of Geography, NTNU. The appointment is for a period of three years. The position will provide a promising research student the opportunity for professional development while studying for a PhD degree. Read More

Call for Applications: Scholarship for Water Cooperation and Peace - Joint Master Programme
23 June 2014 | University for Peace
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and Oregon State University (OSU), institutions with a unique range of expertise, have jointly developed a new Master programme on Water Cooperation and Peace, which has been endorsed by UNESCO’s “From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential PCCP” programme. Read More

Call for Applications: Title II Development Food Assistance Activities in Nepal
16 June 2014 | Agency for International Development
This Request for Applications (RFA) for Nepal provides information on funding opportunities for multi-year development (nonemergency) food assistance programs. Nonemergency programs are mandated in the Agricultural Act of 2014. The programs are designed to improve food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives; enhance natural resource and environment management;... Read More

Call for Papers: Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies (WESIPS) Conference
16 June 2014 | Center for Cross-Cultural Study
The organizers invite abstract submissions for the Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies (WESIPS) Conference to be held at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain on May 29-30, 2015. This interdisciplinary symposium seeks papers addressing one or more of the following topics: prehistoric/modern warfare, ritual violence, biodiversity,... Read More


Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict and Disaster Response Experience
25 June 2014 | Washington, D.C.
This panel will present and discuss selected findings from a joint project by the American University’s School of International Service and World Wildlife Fund to bring together a fragmented knowledge base and identify better practices among the environment, post-conflict/disaster response, and peacebuilding communities. Read More

Accountability and the Environmental Legacy of Armed Conflict
3 July 2014 | London, UK
The provisions of international humanitarian law for the protection of the environment during conflict are notoriously lacking. However, peacetime environmental norms and standards, and developments at the interface between environmental and human-rights law provide opportunities for progress. Read More

The Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
25 July 2014 | Johannesburg, South Africa
This 4th international summit, following earlier meetings in 1998 and 2011 in Accra, and 2008 in Addis Ababa, will attempt to fill the void by identifying the best practices or lessons of current programmes, projects and initiatives and promote exchanges on key gains, progress made and common challenges; it will... Read More

Reflections on South Africa’s Agrarian Questions after 20 years of Democracy
14 August 2014 | South Africa
The Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town will be hosting an international workshop which will reflect on South Africa’s land and agrarian questions 20 years after the advent of democracy in South Africa. Read More

Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers
9 December 2014 | Baton Rouge, LA
Seminar overview: Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes and mutual gains negotiation during consultation to resolve problems and develop win-win solutions. 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:

The Impact of Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals Reforms on Eastern Congo’s Conflict
Fidel Bafilemba, Timo Mueller, and Sasha Lezhnev (The Enough Project, 2014)
Market changes spurred by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law on conflict minerals have helped significantly reduce the involvement of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”) in the mines of three out of the four conflict minerals. Read More

Relationships and Resources: Environmental Governance for Peacebuilding and Resilient Livelihoods in Sudan
UNEP, 2014
The links between natural resources and violent conflict are complex. This is particularly true for Darfur where any one episode of violence may relate to a number of grievances operating at different levels. These can be politically motivated, such as the conflict between rebel groups and the government at the... Read More

Analysis: Water and Conflict
IRIN News, 2014
In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”.  Read More


National Officer for Early Recovery and Rehabilitation (Resident Coordinator's Office) (Deadline: 2014-06-24)
12 June 2014 | UNDP
This assignment is intended to contribute in strengthening the Resident Coordinator’s Office to carry out its responsibility in the process of early recovery needs assessment (ERNA) and Recovery planning. Read More

Kenya: Senior Project Officer - REGAL-IR (Deadline: 2014-06-25)
12 June 2014 | Adeso
The REGAL IR program is a 5 year initiative aiming to reduce hunger and poverty, increase social stability and build strong foundations for economic growth by strengthening social, economic, and environmental resilience in pastoral and transitioning communities in Kenya’s arid lands. Read More

Conflict Prevention & Peacebuilding Consultant (Deadline: 2014-06-25)
12 June 2014 | UNDP
The UNDP Pacific Centre based in Suva, Fiji supports the work of UNDP Country Offices in 15 Island Country States of the Pacific as well as managing the implementation of a range of national, regional and sub-regional initiatives in support of the Pacific Plan. Read More

South Sudan: Roving Emergency Environmental Health Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-10)
11 June 2014 | International Rescue Committee
The Roving Emergency Environmental Health (EH) Manager will implement rapid emergency WASH response in Unity State and possibly across South Sudan. The program focuses on rapid assessments, and life-saving WASH activity, community clean-ups, hygiene promotion, and NFI distribution. Read More

International News

Myanmar: Land-Grab Documentary Takes Top Burma Prize at Human Rights Film Festival
20 June 2014 | Nyein Nyein, The Irrawaddy
RANGOON — A 30-minute documentary about land confiscation in Burma won two out of eight awards at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival held this week in Rangoon. Read More

Liberia: Stakeholders Make Recommendations on Land Governance
20 June 2014 | Jimmey C. Fahngon, AllAfrica
Stakeholders at the voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests seminar have made several recommendations geared towards the improvement of these sectors. Read More

China/Vietnam: In Push to Assert Rights, China Plans to Send 2nd Oil Rig to Waters Near Vietnam
19 June 2014 | Jane Perlez, The New York Times
HANOI, Vietnam — The day after tough talks between Vietnam and China that made no progress over a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea, the Chinese government said Thursday it was sending a second rig to waters close to Vietnam. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Sexual Violence and Conflict Minerals: International Demand Fuels Cycle
18 June 2014 | Zainab Hawa Bangura, The Guardian
Gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin: these are raw materials that you may never think about, but they are the link between our most common electronic devices and conflicts across the world. Read More

Sudan: Rebuilding Governance for Natural Resources is Vital for Resilient Livelihoods and Long-term Peace, Says New UNEP Report
17 June 2014 | UNEP
17 June 2014, Khartoum, Sudan – UNEP releases third report in an environmental governance series that looks at supporting peacebuilding relating to natural resources in Sudan. Read More

Kyrgyzstan: Conflicts in Kyrgyzstan Foreshadow Water Wars to Come
17 June 2014 | Fyodor Savintsev, Creative Time Reports
Water scarcity is an omnipresent plight in the developing world. Today 780 million people lack access to drinking water. By 2030 nearly half the world’s population will inhabit areas of “high water stress,” according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Read More

Sierra Leone: Dangers Dealing in Diamonds
16 June 2014 | Brad Thompson, The West Australian
Perth businessman Cyril D'Silva has a rare insight into diamonds, danger and doing business in Sierra Leone. Read More

Taliban Run Into Trouble on Battlefield, but Money Flows Just the Same
13 June 2014 | NYT Afghanistan
Rising revenues from opium trafficking and other such ventures could increase the longevity of the insurgency, Afghan and Western officials say. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Dealing With Uncertainty II: Towards a Precautionary Framework for Military-Origin Contaminants
19 June 2014 | The Toxic Remnants of War Project
The previous blog in this two-part series highlighted fears and uncertainties regarding the long-term health impact from military-origin chemical contamination. Some analogies were discussed from the history of industrial chemicals regulation, for example the case of benzene. Read More

Is the News About Congo’s Conflict Minerals Good?
18 June 2014 | Sarah von Billerbeck, The Washington Post
On June 10, the Enough Project published a report claiming that 67 percent of tin, tantalum, and tungsten (3T) mines in eastern Congo are now free of armed actors and declaring the minerals mined there ‘conflict-free’ (compared with a 2010 U.N. Read More

Natural Resource Revenue Sharing: Are Stakeholders Negotiating Blind?
18 June 2014 | Mari Oye, Myanmar Times
The management of natural resources and natural resource revenues is a hot topic in Myanmar, particularly the role state and region governments have to play. In recent years, natural resource revenue sharing has been on the agenda in both relatively resource-rich and resource-poor areas. Read More

Why Federalism Must Wait
12 June 2014 | James Adiok Mayik
Many if not all advocates of federalism in South Sudan fail to see many facts as to why South Sudan is not ready for a federal governance now. A federal system in South Sudan at this time is likely to be based on ethnic lines and that will delay civilized... Read More

FARC Attacks Setback for Colombia Oil
11 June 2014 | Latin America Advisor
There were 259 attacks on oil pipeline infrastructure in Colombia last year, the highest figure in a decade, according to Defense Ministry data. Who has been behind the attacks, and what factors are driving them? How have they affected the country's oil output? Will the situation get worse or better?... Read More

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