Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 17: 2 Sep 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 Papers: ICMDHS 2015 : International Conference on Migration, Development and Human Security
29 August 2014 | WASET
The ICMDHS 2015 : International Conference on Migration, Development and Human Security is the premier interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Migration, Development and Human Security. The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of... 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


Integrated Water and Energy Policy and Governance
3 September 2014 | Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinating energy and water policy is crucial for promoting sustainable development and effectively addressing trade-offs between the two sectors. Successful governance mechanisms seek to align water and energy policies and provide priorities for planning and investment in each sector. Read More

Courses: Land, Property, and Conflict
16 September 2014 | Washington, DC
Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. Read More

Working Group Meeting: Water and Water Security - Resource, Hazard, Human Security, Navigation, Infrastructure Interdependencies and Innovation
30 September 2014 | Springfield, VA & Webinar
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in collaboration with the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) Members and the World Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Leaders announce a combined HIFLD/WWHGD working group meeting at NGA Campus East (NCE) in Springfield, Virginia from 30 September to 01 October 2014. Read More

Courses: UNU-EHS and UPEACE Specialized Online Course on Climate Change, International Law and Human Security
6 October 2014 | Web-based
The University for Peace (UPEACE) and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) are pleased to invite applications for a new certificate online training course on the topic of “Climate Change, International Law and Human Security”. Read More

Second Al-Moumin Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding: Jon Barnett
8 October 2014 | Washington, DC
Professor Jon Barnett delivered the Second Annual Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding, on the topic “Climate Change and Security: From Vicious to Virtuous Cycles.” There is pessimism about the effects of climate change on security. Read More

Seminar: Conflict Minerals 2014: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
6 November 2014 | Chicago, Illinois
This highly interactive two day seminar on SEC compliance will:- review the current status of the conflict minerals disclosure requirements and new SEC guidance/interpretations- discuss impact on privately-held companies not subject to SEC jurisdiction- present a general overview of the 2013 filings based on a review of 100% of the... Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 27 new publications were added to our online library of resources on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Building Peace around Water, Land and Food: Policy and Practice for Preventing Conflict
Ellie Roberts and Lynn Finnegan (Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, 2013)
This paper looks at the need to take a conflict prevention approach to natural resource management, outlining relevant international law and considering useful examples of policy and practice that support equitable and peaceful management of water, land and food. Read More

Oil Crisis and the Potential Role of Agriculture in the Post-Separation of Sudan
Khalid H. A. Siddig (Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 2014)
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed by the Government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement ended more than 20 years of civil war. According to the CPA, in addition to the oil produced from northern wells, which represents about 30% of the total oil production... Read More

Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South – Conceptual Approaches
Maarten Bavinck, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Erik Mostert (CRC Press/Balkema, 2014)
This chapter provides an introduction to the volume on conflicts over natural resources in the Global South and situates the various contributions made. The authors note that such conflicts frequently involve poor, mainly rural people who are struggling to maintain access to the resources on which they depend for a living. The volume is... Read More

A Global Strategy for Road Building
William F. Laurance, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, Sean Sloan, Christine S. O’Connell, Nathan D. Mueller, Miriam Goosem, Oscar Venter, David P. Edwards, Ben Phalan, Andrew Balmford, Rodney Van Der Ree & Irene Burgues Arrea (Nature, 2014 )
The report identifies areas with high environmental values where future road building should be avoided if possible, areas where strategic road improvements could promote agricultural development with relatively modest environmental costs, and ‘conflict areas’ where road building could have sizeable benefits for agriculture but with serious environmental damage. Read More

Global Road Map to Conflict and Loss
Fran Kelly (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio Breakfast, 2014)
Roads have the potential to cause massive conflict and environmental destruction into the future.  Read More

US Pacific Command, Climate Change and Collaborative Security
Andrew DeWit (The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 2014)
The US military is already a leader on climate-change mitigation through renewable energy and energy efficiency. The military’s adaptation efforts are also instructive for civil society and may help curb climate-related geopolitical instability. In the Pacific, centring on the vast region of Oceania, 12,000 kilometers east to west and 6000... Read More

Early Warning Early Action in East Africa: Mechanisms for Rapid Decision Making
International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Programme, Oxfam, Food and Agriculture Organization, Save the Children (International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Programme, Oxfam, Food and Agriculture Organization, Save the Children, 2014)
The crisis in the Horn of Africa and the declaration of famine conditions in parts of Somalia in 2011 provided renewed impetus to break, once and for all, the cycle of food insecurity in the region. Read More

Armed Conflict and Environmental Damage
Umesh Chandra Jha (VIJ Books, 2014)
This book examines the environmental destruction wrought during international and non-international armed conflicts and argues that the existing legal regime for the protection of the environment during armed conflict requires substantial modification. It further argues that although it is inconceivable to impose an absolute ban on environmental damage during military operations, strengthening and... Read More

ISIS Consolidates
Patrick Cockburn (London Review of Books, 2014)
As the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. Read More

Climate and Security: Evidence, Emerging Risks, and a New Agenda
François Gemenne, Jon Barnett, W. Neil Adger, Geoffrey D. Dabelko (Journal of Climatic Change, 2014)
There are diverse linkages between climate change and security including risks of conflict, national security concerns, critical national infrastructure, geo-political rivalries and threats to human security. We review analysis of these domains from primary research and from policy prescriptive and advocacy sources. Read More

Changing Human Landscapes Under a Changing Climate: Considerations for Climate Assessments
Julie A. Winkler (Environmental Management, 2014)
Climate change is a fundamental aspect of the Anthropocene. Climate assessments are frequently undertaken to evaluate climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity. Assessments are complex endeavors with numerous challenges. Five aspects of a climate assessment that can be particularly challenging are highlighted: choice of assessment strategy, incorporation of spatial... Read More


In the last two weeks, 8 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other  job opportunities.

United Kingdom: Campaigner - Conflict Resources (Deadline: 2014-09-04)
28 August 2014 | Global Witness
Global Witness is an international NGO that exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. Our success is built through detailed on-the-ground investigations and uncompromising advocacy. Read More

African Great Lakes: Consultant at Solutions for Hope (SfH), Conflict Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), and KEMET’s Partnership for Social and Economic Sustainability (Deadline: 2014-09-12)
21 August 2014 | Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade
The PPA is requesting proposals from organizations or individuals qualified to conduct 2-4 week independent assessment of the social and economic impacts and performance of the Solutions for Hope (SfH), Conflict Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), and KEMET’s Partnership for Social and Economic Sustainability closed-pipe sourcing efforts in the DRC. Read More

Turkey: WASH Coordninator (Deadline: 2014-09-12)
29 August 2014 | GOAL
GOAL has been working in Syria since 2012, responding to the acute needs of conflicted affected communities. GOAL is working in Idlib Governorate delivering food, non-food and voucher programming alongside a significant WASH programme amongst highly vulnerable populations. Read More

Papua New Guinea: Peace and Development Specialist (Deadline: 2014-09-14)
28 August 2014 | UNDP
Background: Between 1988 and 1999, Bougainville, then North Solomon’s Province and now an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea (PNG), suffered a violent conflict that took the lives of thousands of people and displaced approximately 70,000. Read More

Haiti: Regional Director for Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (Deadline: 2014-09-15)
27 August 2014 | Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is a US based non-profit organization that has been promoting ecological sanitation in Haiti since 2006 (www.oursoil.org). We are currently treating over 20,000 gallons per week of human waste at composting sites in Cite Soleil and Limonade and are providing both sanitation services in the... Read More

South Sudan: Programme Advisor (Deadline: 2014-09-15)
29 August 2014 | ZOA
ZOA – South Sudan is looking for an experienced Programme Advisor. ZOA – South Sudan is active in the sectors FSL, Wash and Education with the emphasis on early-recovery programming. ZOA – South Sudan has offices in two States (CES and Jonglei) and employs 60 national staff members. Read More

DRC: Spécialiste de restauration des moyens de subsistance / Livelihoods Lead (Deadline: 2014-09-18)
27 August 2014 | rePlan
rePlan provides social assessment, advisory and management services to natural resource companies and financial institutions around the world. We help natural resource companies to understand and fulfill their corporate social responsibility, both in the boardroom and in the field. Read More

United States: Fall Research Intern: Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management (Deadline: 2014-09-21)
27 August 2014 | Environmental Law Institute
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit policy research and education organization, seeks an off-site intern to conduct research and assist in editing on a global project to strengthen post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management. Read More

International News

Myanmar: Tenasserim to Allot Land for Refugees
28 August 2014 | DVB Media
Government officials of Tenasserim Division [Tanintharyi Region] claimed that refugees residing in a camp in Thailand would soon be able to return to Burma as they are scouting for land for their resettlement. Read More

Indonesia/ Timor Leste: State Firms to Set Up Joint Venture on Oil, Gas Development
27 August 2014 | Global Post
Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina planned to establish a join venture company with Timor Leste's state company to develop oil and gas sector in the nation, PT Pertamina official disclosed here on Wednesday. Read More

Iraq: Access to Oil Makes ‘Islamic State’ a Greater Threat than Al-Qaeda
27 August 2014 | Investor Intel
Iran, the Arab States of the Persian Gulf region and North Africa discovered oil in the first half of the 20th century. They used the proceeds of oil sales – boosted by the 1973 oil embargo and various nationalizations – to advance their societies. Read More

Extractive Industries: UK Unveils Draft Rule on Extractive Industry Disclosure
26 August 2014 | The Wall Street Journal
The U.K. unveiled draft rules on Thursday governing how oil, gas, mining and logging companies would disclose the payments they make to foreign governments for access to natural resources across the globe. Read More

India/ Pakistan: Fishermen Cross an Imperceptible Line into Enemy Waters
26 August 2014 | The New York Times
Fishermen bustled through a ramshackle harbor, a knot of narrow streets and one-room houses on the edge of Karachi, as they prepared to set out to sea for the summer fishing season. But one man was going nowhere. Read More

Palestine: Water Delivery Drivers Dice with Death in War-Torn Gaza
26 August 2014 | Yahoo News
Mohammed al-Khatib fears for his life every time he gets behind the wheel. In wartime, providing drinking water to homes and schools in Gaza means dicing with death. Read More

South Sudan: Addressing Community Concerns Around Oil, Gas and Mining in South Sudan
26 August 2014 | Cordaid
Cordaid and the Ministry are concerned with the plights of the communities impacted by oil extraction in South Sudan. Albeit endowed with significant reserves of oil in three of its northern states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei, the three-year-old independent Republic of South Sudan is yet to make its... Read More

South China Sea: Remote, Gas-rich Islands on Indonesia’s South China Sea Frontline
26 August 2014 | The Malay Mail
The word “sleepy” could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia’s remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago. Read More

Vietnam: Chinese Firms’ Contract for Hydropower Project Terminated
25 August 2014 | Global Construction Review
The operator of a multimillion-dollar hydropower project in Vietnam has terminated the contract with two Chinese firms for their failure to build the scheme as promised. Read More

Uganda: Residents Commit to Fighting Land Grabbers
22 August 2014 | New Vision
The district chairperson Anthony Atubo, who led the residents, said land is life and nobody can live comfortably without it. “Land is a major factor in the wellbeing of people, but unscrupulous developers are forcefully grabbing land from locals using their powerful positions,” he said. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water
26 August 2014 | Yale Environment 360
There is a water war going on in the Middle East this summer. Behind the headline stories of brutal slaughter as Sunni militants carve out a religious state covering Iraq and Syria, there lies a battle for the water supplies that sustain these desert nations. Read More

East Africa Oil Boom: Resource Curse or Infrastructure Delinquency?
26 August 2014 | Ventures Africa
East Africa is the new oil and gas frontier. Recent discoveries of commercially viable deposits in the last few years in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Uganda among others have sparked excitement and equal concern in the region. Read More

Timor-Leste Success
26 August 2014 | Foreign Affairs
The headline of Madhu Narasimhan’s recent piece (“The World’s Youngest Failed State,” August 12, 2014) is dramatic, but his assertion is unfounded and untrue. Over the years, more than a few armchair critics have prognosticated the demise of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, also affectionately known as East Timor. Read More

How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines
26 August 2014 | New York Times
Border disputes between American states are as old as the republic, but in today’s highly charged political atmosphere they often take an ugly turn. Read More

Somali Refugees Show How Conflict, Gender, Environmental Scarcity Become Entwined
25 August 2014 | New Security Beat
Under international law, someone who flees their country because of conflict or persecution is a refugee, but someone who flees because of inability to meet their basic household needs is not. In the case of Somalia, it is increasingly difficult to make any meaningful distinction between the two. Read More

Vietnam Steps Up Efforts to Protect Fishing Fleet
23 August 2014 | Foreign Policy Association
In a time of heightened tensions between Asian nations with claims to the waters of the East and South China Seas, the deployment of an offshore oil rig back in May by Beijing in disputed waters with Vietnam was not going to be an event without ramifications. Read More

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