Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 15: 5 Aug 2014


Environmental Peacebuilding Logo Design Contest (Deadline: 15 October 2014)
15 September 2014
The Environmental Law Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo announce a public competition to design a logo for the Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform and Community of Practice. Read More

Call for Applications: Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources And Peace
4 August 2014 | Egerton University
The Ph.D Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Peace equips graduates to contribute to solving significant environmental and development issues, such as the prevention of a global fresh water crisis, the recognition and empowerment of local and indigenous communities, the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems, and the... Read More

Call for Applications: Master of Science in Natural Resources and Peace
4 August 2014 | Egerton University
The Master of Science Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Peace equips graduates to contribute to solving significant environmental and development issues, such as the prevention of a global fresh water crisis, the recognition and empowerment of local and indigenous communities, the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems,... Read More

Call for Papers: Journal of Global Peace and Conflict
4 August 2014 | Journal of Global Peace and Conflict
Journal of Global Peace and Conflict is double blind peer reviewed international academic journal that publishes scientific research papers on every aspect of peace and conflict studies. The journal is committed to interdisciplinary explorations of conflict resolution, peace building, humanitarian assistance, and other mechanisms that seek to prevent and control violence. Read More

Tulane Conducts Conflict Minerals Post-filing survey
2 August 2014 | Payson Center for International Development - Tulane University
June 2nd, 2014 marked the Form SD submission deadline.  Yet filing was the last step.  Inter alia, affected companies conducted the regulatory applicability and determination analysis, carried out a Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry, developed and implemented a due diligence system that included IT systems when necessary, commissioned and prepared... Read More


Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats
20 August 2014 | Washington, DC
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, devastating impacts of climate variability are already being observed in Africa through increased wildfires, shrinking rivers, reduced crop yields, increased water and vector-borne diseases, and other forms. In coming decades, these climatic changes are predicted to impact human and state security via... Read More

ECPR General Conference 2014
3 September 2014 | Glasgow, Scotland
Particular panels of interest include The Political Economy of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Water Security and Food Sovereignty: Increasing concerns about scarcity of water resources and arable land have incentivised investor groups from capital-rich, resource-poor countries to engage in large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in resource-rich, capital-poor countries. Read More

New Library Resources

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

Betty: A Film about Demining [Video]
Marco Grob (UNMAS, 2014)
Betty Augustino is a member of an all-female demining team in Yei, South Sudan. She works with a project run by Norwegian People's Aid, supported by UNMAS. This film documents one day in the life of a deminer doing manual mine detection. Read More

Climate Change: Implications for Defence
Wendell Christopher King (University of Cambridge, 2014)
This document is one of a series synthesizing the most pertinent findings of AR5 for specific economic and business sectors. It was born of the belief that the defence sector could make more use of AR5, which is long and highly technical, if it were distilled into an accurate, accessible,... Read More

Natural Resources, Conflict and Growth: Uncovering the Transmission Mechanism
Shahida Wizarat (Asia and Economic and Financial Review, 2014)
Using panel data and GMM estimators for the developed countries (DCs) and the less developed countries (LDCs) we find a positive and significant impact of conflict on DC GDP and a negative and significant impact on LDC GDP during the period 1980-2009. Read More

Wildlife Decline and Social Conflict
Justin S. Brashares, Briana Abrahms, Kathryn J. Fiorella, Christopher D. Golden, Cheryl E. Hojnowski1, Ryan A. Marsh, Douglas J. McCauley, Tristan A. Nuñez, Katherine Seto, Lauren Withey (Science, 2014)
U.S. President Obama's recent creation of an interagency task force on wildlife trafficking reflects growing political awareness of linkages between wildlife conservation and national security. However, this and similar new initiatives in Europe and Asia promote a “war on poachers” that overlooks the ecological, social, and economic complexity of wildlife-related conflict. Read More

Water for Peace
C. Zeilberger (USAID, 2014)
From the congested, chaotic cities of Nigeria to the dusty pastoral villages of Kenya, lack of water can often lead to violent conflicts between ethnic, religious, and economic groups. Without mechanisms in place to peacefully and equitably allocate scarce resources, these conflicts lead to damaged water infrastructure and weakened management... Read More


In the last two weeks, 13 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Ethiopia: Area Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-10)
4 August 2014 | Danish Refugee Council
Currently DRC is implementing emergency WASH activities for Leit-Chuor and Kule refugee camps as well as the Burbeiy transit centre which includes standard WASH activities as needed. We are also engaged in NFI distribution, garbage pit and latrine construction. Read More

UK: Assistant to Executive Director and Senior Legal Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-11)
5 August 2014 | Global Witness
Global Witness is looking for a highly organised and professional Executive Assistant to provide support to the Executive Director and Senior Legal Manager. Read More

Belgium: Consultant - EU & Responsible Minerals (Deadline: 2014-08-14)
5 August 2014 | Global Witness
Global Witness' research on conflict minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has exposed how warring parties make millions of dollars each year through illegal control of the mineral sector. Our campaigning has led to landmark due diligence legislation being passed in the US and in DRC. Read More

Rwanda: Legal and Regulatory Expert, Ministry of Natural Resources (Deadline: 2014-08-15)
31 July 2014 | DevNetJOBS.org
The Government of Rwanda (GoR) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI). At its core, the SCBI concentrates on ‘transfer of skills and knowledge’ from international experts to young professionals in Rwanda’s mining administration. Read More

Myanmar: REDD+ Technical Advisor (Deadline: 2014-08-18)
24 July 2014 | Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations... Read More

Myanmar: Peace building Technical Advisor (Deadline: 2014-09-30)
25 July 2014 | Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and... Read More

Nepal: Faculty Member for Biological and Ecological Disasters (Deadline: 2014-10-06)
4 August 2014 | Samarpan Academy
The Institute of Crisis Management Studies is a newly established centre for academia focusing on management of crises, those occurring both as a result of human activity and natural causes. It offers a unique, multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Crisis Management, providing the very best national and international scholars, practitioners... Read More

International News

Kenya: Musalia Mudavadi Calls for Extensive Investigation into Lamu Land Grabbing, Linking It to Insecurity
3 August 2014 | Standard Digital
Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi says land grabbing in Lamu could be behind the recent insecurity cases in Lamu county. Mudavadi is accusing the government of failure to investigate the recent killings and bring perpetrators to book. Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan Conflict Drives Idea of Oil Wealth Monitoring
1 August 2014 | Drazen Jorgic and Edmund Blair, Reuters
NAIROBI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - South Sudan's oil fields have become a battleground in the struggle for power in Africa's newest nation, encouraging Western nations and regional mediators to consider international monitoring of crude revenues as a way to remove a major bone of contention from such conflicts. Read More

Libya: Risks Remain to Libya's Oil Supply Despite Reopening of Ports, Fields
1 August 2014 | Benoit Falcon, The Wall Street Journal
LONDON—The reopening of Libyan oil fields and ports this month has been a key factor behind a steady fall in international oil prices recently, with U.S. prices falling to a four-month low on Thursday. Read More

Vietnam: Vietnam to Arm Fishery Surveillance Ships After Standoff With China
1 August 2014 | Tra Mi, Voice of America
Vietnam says all ships under the management of its Fisheries Surveillance Force will be equipped with weapons following a tense standoff with China over a disputed oil rig. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Kurdish Oil Cargo Unloaded at Sea, Destination a Mystery
31 July 2014 | Keith Wallis, Reuters
(Reuters) - Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. Read More

India/Bangladesh: India Drops Sea Claim to Seek Offshore Oil in China Contrast
31 July 2014 | Andrew MacAskill and Arun Devnath, Bloomberg Businessweek
If good fences make good neighbors, that may explain why much of Asia’s recent territorial tension has centered on the ocean. Read More

Liberia: RIA Land Deed Backfires - Land Owners Threaten to Sue GOL
30 July 2014 | AllAfrica
Monrovia — Lawyers representing the legal interest of residents of the Roberts International Airport area said they would sue over President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's granting of a land deed to the RIA for the expansion of the Airport. Read More

DRC: Head Of DRC State Miner Fired For 'Gross Negligence'
29 July 2014 | Israel Diamond Institute
The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's state-owned mining company Gecamines has been fired from his post for "gross negligence", reports Mining Weekly. The decision to axe Gecamines president Ahmed Kalej Nkand came from DRC President Joseph Kabila himself, and was announced on state television on Saturday, though no... Read More

South China Sea: Maritime Disputes Could Lead to War
28 July 2014 | Amando Doronila, Philipine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—China’s maritime disputes with countries like the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea are increasingly raising anxieties among their neighbors that the row could lead to armed conflict, according to a poll survey released by a US research group two weeks ago. Read More

Rwanda: Imena Speaks Out on Gatumba Concession, Conflict Minerals
27 July 2014 | Ivan Mugisha, AllAfrica
Mining companies will soon receive long term licenses, thanks to the new mining law, Evode Imena, the Minister of State in charge of Minerals has said. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The New Times' Ivan Mugisha, on various issues in the mining sector, Imena said it was previously challenging... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Liberia
4 August 2014 | Afribiz
Liberia has participated in global value chains for decades through its export of primary commodities, and the revitalization of this sector after the war has been a key driver of economic growth. Exports have been dominated by three commodities – iron ore, rubber and timber – that accounted for more... Read More

Climate Change Will Test Water-Sharing Agreements
4 August 2014 | New Security Beat
Many existing water-sharing treaties should be re-assessed in the context of climate change, write Shlomi Dinar, David Katz, Lucia De Stefano, and Brian Blakespoor in a World Bank working paper. Read More

Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning from Post-Conflict and Disaster Response
2 August 2014 | Thomas Curran - New Security Beat
Events like Typhoon Haiyan, Hurricane Sandy, and the civil wars in Darfur and Syria have shown that the environment plays an increasingly critical role in humanitarian disasters. “We are finding that as the world changes, we are facing disaster relief in a different context,” said van Breda, director of the... Read More

Toxic Footprint of Syria's War
2 August 2014 | Insight on Conflict
Pieter Both and Wim Zwijnenburg, from PAX, discuss the long term health and environmental impacts of Syria's civil war. Read More

The Impact of War: Health, the Environment, and Cultural Heritage in Conflict
2 August 2014 | World Politics Review
The destructiveness of armed conflict has been a painful constant throughout human history. And despite efforts to limit its range and impact, the damage resulting from war still extends far beyond the battlefield. Read More

An Integrated Approach to Conflict and the Environment
2 August 2014 | Talia Hagerty - World Politics Review
For the better part of their existence, the global anti-war and the environmentalist movements have typically existed side by side, each pursuing noble but separate aims. Today, however, a new trend has become apparent: the mutually reinforcing interaction between human violence and planetary change. Read More

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Environmental Peacebuilding is a knowledge platform and global community of practice on natural resources, conflict, and peace, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), UN Environment, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo. The platform unites a global network of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in fragile states and conflict-affected settings. The platform also helps people to access new publications on the topic, conduct new research, and participate in events to support the growth of the field. As part of our Community of Practice, we bring you biweekly updates on recent developments, including news about our program as well as links to new publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job openings.

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