Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 16: 19 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

Environmental Peacebuilding Membership Drive
19 August 2014 | ELI & UNEP
The Environmental Law Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo are seeking to expand the membership of the Environmental Peacebuilding Community of Practice. We hope to engage a greater number of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers, in order to share experiences and lessons, disseminate new... Read More

Call for Papers: 18th International Water Technology Conference (Deadline: 2014-10-30)
18 August 2014 | International Water Technology Association
A particular topic of interest relevant to environmental peacebuilding at the Eighteenth International Water Technology Conference is Trans-boundary Water Conflict and Cooperation Issues. General topic themes covered by the conference include Water Resources Planning and Management, Groundwater Flow, Hydraulics and Hydraulic Structures, Water Treatment Technology and Agricultural Issues. Read More

Call for Papers: Conflicts Over Water and Building Bridges with Water (Deadline: 2014-09-15)
18 August 2014 | Monterey Institute of International Studies
Particular topics of interest for proposals include: Trans boundary Water Conflicts, Water and Politics, and Water Conservation/Management/Diplomacy/Agreements. Other topics include: Water Supply, Water Scarcity, Water Pollution, Water Access, Water and Climate Change, Water and Dams, Water and Culture, Water and Gender, Water Use & Impact (Agriculture, Industry - Fracking, Mining,... Read More

Call for Papers: Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference (Deadline: 2014-05-30)
6 August 2014 | Kisii University
Particular topics of interest include: East and West in Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development, East and West, Urbanization and Rural Development, East and West, Peace, Conflict and Security issues, East and West and Exploitation of Resources in Africa, Environment, Climate Change and E-waste, Planning and management of natural resources, Corporate... Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 127 new publications, videos, and other materials on environmental peacebuilding were added to our online library. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Is Bougainville on the Brink of War Again? [Video]
Ian Bickis & Maggie Zelaya (Journeyman Pictures, 2014)
Bougainville is on the brink of reopening the controversial mining operation that sparked its civil war. With a heavily armed population and a generation of unemployed youth, conditions are ripe for violence.15 years after the end of the war, Bougainville has barely recovered."There are hundreds and hundreds with no formal... Read More

Afghanistan's Secret Billion Dollar Emerald Mines [Video]
Journeyman Pictures, 2014
"We have a lot of requests from Europe because the emeralds from Afghanistan are the best in the world", Raphael says. The Frenchman first came to Afghanistan to train Afghan security services, before venturing into the emerald trade. Read More

From Fragility to Resilience: Managing Natural Resources in Fragile States in Africa (Summary Report)
Ilona Coyle & Carl Bruch (African Development Bank Group, 2014)
Natural resources have the potential to catalyze transformative change in Africa. In the African Development Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022), the Bank envisions the next decade as an opportunity for Africa to become the world’s next emerging market with growing internal and external demand for African products “if Africa can... Read More

Resettlement and Gender Dimensions of Land Rights in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda
Sarah Adelmana &Amber Peterman (World Development, 2014)
Evidence shows even low levels of land conflict may undermine land governance and management, constrain agricultural productivity, and serve to perpetuate civil violence. This study estimates the effect of conflict-related displacement experiences on gender-differentiated land outcomes in Northern Uganda. Read More

Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC [Video]
Marcus Bleasdale (TEDx Courtauld Institute, 2014)
Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work appears in National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME and his work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of... Read More

The Role of Conflict Minerals in the Peace Process in the DRC
Bandi Mbubi (Peacebuilding, 2014)
For several years a coalition of NGOs, including Congo Calling, has been working to raise awareness of the role of conflict minerals in fuelling the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Illegal mining in the eastern DRC has funded the war there and has denied local people the... Read More

A Holistic Approach to Natural Resource Conflict: The Case of Laikipia County, Kenya
Jennifer Bond (Journal of Rural Studies, 2014)
This article contributes to the field of natural resource conflict management by investigating the holistic context of a conflict case and argues against a simple resource scarcity-conflict thesis. The article takes point of departure in a pragmatic world view of conflicts in Laikipia County, Kenya through a likert-type questionnaire survey... Read More

The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan
Luke Patey (Hurst, 2014)
In the past decade, the need for oil in Asia's new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asia's glistening corporate towers to provide a first look at how the world's rising... Read More


In the last two weeks, 27 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Central African Republic: Programme Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-20)
13 August 2014 | The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
NRC's Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) programme in CAR will focus on Housing, Land, and Property (HLP) rights, civil documentation, and the protection those affected by displacement through advocacy, training, awareness raising, and direct assistance. Read More

Myanmar: Livelihood Coordinator (Deadline: 2014-08-20)
14 August 2014 | ActionAid
The SIRP Partnership implement a range of activities in 90 targeted villages across the three states to achieve the following specific objective: “Conflict affected uprooted people of Mon and Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region, during a fragile ceasefire/peace negotiation phase In the area of operation, have improved access to education,... Read More

Thailand: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert (Deadline: 2014-08-21)
14 August 2014 | Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
The Asian Institute of Technology, an intergovernmental and international institute, promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959, AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout... Read More

DRC: Country Director (Deadline: 2014-08-23)
14 August 2014 | Norwegian Refugee Council
The DRC operation runs a holistic programme response to populations affected by conflict and displacement in North and South Kivu provinces. Our primary areas of intervention are education (including youth and emergency education support); food security & livelihoods (emergency food assistance and, increasingly, cash and voucher support to promote choice... Read More

South Sudan: Food Security Officer (Deadline: 2014-08-24)
14 August 2014 | Oxfam Intermón
Reporting hierarchically to the Field Manager and functionally to the Food Security and Livelihood Coordinator, will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of project activities of Food Security Western Bahr el Ghazal (Wau) and Warrap state (Luonyaker). Read More

Myanmar: Project Development Advisor (Deadline: 2014-08-24)
15 August 2014 | CARE Australia
CARE International in Myanmar is looking to fill the position of Project Development Advisor for the Strengthening Competitiveness of Smallholder Rubber Farmers Program that will support small-holder farmers secure access to land, increase productivity, and increase their income through improved market efficiency. Read More

Long-term Arrangement (LTA) for Provision of Technical Experts for Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) (Deadline: 2014-08-25)
6 August 2014 | United Nations Children's Fund
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF) Wishes to invite you to submit a proposal for Long-term Arrangement (LTA) for provision of Technical Experts for Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) rollout and implementation in WASH, Nutrition, Education and Child Protection. Read More

Geneva: Programme Officer (Deadline: 2014-08-26)
13 August 2014 | United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The Section serves as the United Nations mechanism to mobilise and coordinate international assistance to environmental emergencies, and works in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read More

Somalia: Regional Focal Point (Deadline: 2014-08-29)
14 August 2014 | Somalia NGO Consortium
The NRC South Sudan programme was recently incorporated into the region. Prioritised activities focus on shelter and infrastructure construction; water, hygiene and sanitation; emergency education including youth education; protection; food security and livelihoods; and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). Read More

Afghanistan: WASH Program Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-31)
14 August 2014 | Solidarités International
The WASH program manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals. Read More

Sudan: WASH Project Manager (Deadline: 2014-08-31)
15 August 2014 | Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)
COOPI is seeking to recruit a Project Manager experienced in WASH sector. Read More

International News

South China Sea: Fishing Vessels in China Serve as Proxy Enforcers
17 August 2014 | Wendel Minnick, Defense News
TAIPEI — China’s use of swarming tactics with fishing vessels to project and protect Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea appears unstoppable, experts say. Read More

Myanmar: U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
16 August 2014 | Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug 14 2014 (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmar’s timber sector for one year. Read More

South Sudan: Exxon Ends Oil Search With Total in South Sudan as War Rages
15 August 2014 | Bloomberg
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), the U.S.’s largest oil company, ended exploration plans with Total SA (FP) in South Sudan, Total and the government said, a sign of faltering investor confidence in the African nation as a civil war enters its eighth month. Read More

Iraq: Islamic State Seizes Control of Iraq's Oil, Wheat
15 August 2014 | Albawaba News
ISIS terrorists are currently in control of seven oil fields in Iraq and large amounts of the country’s wheat supplies. Read More

Liberia: Grow but Cherish Your Environment
15 August 2014 | The Economist
For half a century, Indonesia and Malaysia have accounted for the vast majority of the world’s exports of palm oil. But now investors are flocking to west Africa to secure land for rival plantations. Environmentalists say the forests of South-East Asia have been massively despoiled and are warning west African... Read More

India: There Will be Water Wars Soon: HC on Depleting Water Level in Delhi
14 August 2014 | The Economic Times
The Delhi High Court today said there would be "water wars" soon given the rate water sources is depleting and asked the city government whether it has any policy in place for implementing rain-water harvesting measures. Read More

Nigeria: Awka Youths, Elders Square Up Against Anambra Government Over Land Grabbing
14 August 2014 | Daily Post
Youths and elders of Ezinano community in Awka, Anambra State have drawn a battle line with state government over what they termed “unlawful acquisition of their land”. Read More

DRC: Eastern Congo Slowly Producing More Conflict-Free Minerals Report
14 August 2014 | Thomas Reuters Foundation
The number of mines certified as producing “conflict-free” minerals in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is slowly increasing, though challenges remain in cutting off this source of financing for rebels in the region, according to a report by the Enough Project advocacy group. Read More

Bangladesh: Land Grabbing Drives Lawlessness and Deaths in Bangladesh
14 August 2014 | UCA News
In separate incidents last week, a tribal Santal man was murdered, and an Oraon woman was gang raped by Muslim men in northern Bangladesh. A local member of the ruling Awami League Party was charged and arrested for the rape. Read More

Kenya: Youths Block Thika Superhighway to Protest Land Grabbing
9 August 2014 | Albert Nyakundi, The Star
Tension is high on the Thika superhighway after several youth groups and community based organizations protested against a private developer who is fencing of public land. The developer came on Saturday morning, with police officers from Kasarani and hired men and started fencing off the 15 acre piece of land... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Peace is the Only Way to Give Gaza Safe Water
18 August 2014 | DW
Thousands of people in Gaza are without water in the wake of repeated Israeli airstrikes. Environmental scientist and water expert Amir Dakkak tells DW why Gaza needs the chance to manage its own scarce water supply. Read More

Environmental Peacebuilding: Constructing a More Durable Peace
15 August 2014 | Alliance for Peacebuilding
Natural resources are one of a country’s most critical assets for peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery. Land, forests, minerals, oil, water, and other resources are the foundations for rebuilding livelihoods and national economies. Typically, 50 to 80 percent of a developing country’s export revenues come from natural resources. Read More

Three Ways that Oil Matters for the Crisis in Iraq
13 August 2014 | PeakOil
For months now, Sunni militants from the Islamic State (better known as ISIS) have been seizing control of large swathes of Iraq. Read More

Vietnam, China Maritime Disputes: Time For A Paradigm Shift
7 August 2014 | Eurasia Review
Mr Rajaram Panda’s claim that “China’s illegal deployment of Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig is located 60-80 nautical miles deep within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam" has no merit. (‘Vietnam Flays China’s Position On South China Sea – Part I’). Read More

Artisanal Gold Mining in the Amazon: Small-Scale Actions and Massive Challenges
6 August 2014 | Columbia University
Perhaps the most immediate threat to Peru’s forests comes from illegal small-scale gold mining, which accounts for nearly 20% of all of the country’s gold exports. This small-scale or artisanal mining is illegal when the miners fail to have legal permits and inadequate land tenure to conduct mining operations. Read More

About Our Community of Practice

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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