Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 19: 30 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 Submissions: Symposium on Gender, Conflict, & Global Environmental Change
14 September 2014 | Peace Review
Under the guest editorship of Dr. Christiane Fröhlich (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University, IFSH) and Dr. Giovanna Gioli (Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg), Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is dedicating part of issue 27(2) to explore the nexus between gender, natural resources, and conflict (de-)escalation processes in... Read More

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Legacy and Impact 20 Years Later
10 September 2014 | Elsevier
On November 10, 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders were hanged by the Abacha government in Nigeria in a process that former British Prime Minister John Major described as “judicial murder.”  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his assassination, The Extractive Industries and Society will be publishing a special issue... 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

Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security
9 October 2014 | Washington DC
Humans are transforming the climate and environments of the Earth at an accelerating rate through agriculture, urbanization, transportation, the use of fossil fuels, and many other activities. Our global imprint, and the certainty that more than seven billion people will profoundly change the environment and biota of the planet for... Read More

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
6 November 2014
Many people around the world, including government officials, scientists, journalists, educators, and business people, observe the UN’s International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Those who take part in the day spend time discussing about how the effects of war are damaging to... Read More

Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015: Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity
23 March 2015 | Washington, DC
The World Bank is pleased to announce the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty being held from March 23 – 27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants include leaders and professionals from across governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and partners to interact and discuss... Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 31 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Environmental Migration and Labor Markets in Nepal
Jean-Francois Maystadt, Valerie Mueller, Ashwini Sebastian (International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014)
While an emerging literature cites weather shocks as major determinants of migration, scant evidence exists on how such migration impacts the labor markets of receiving communities in developing countries. We address this knowledge gap by investigating the impact of weather-driven internal migration on labor markets in a post-conflict country, Nepal,... Read More

Climate Change, Conflict, and Cooperation: Global Analysis of the Resilience of International River Treaties to Increased Water Variability
Shlomi Dinar, David Katz, Lucia De Stefano, Brian Blankespoor (The World Bank Development Research Group, 2014)
Although water variability has already been observed across river basins, climate change is predicted to increase variability. Such environmental changes may aggravate political tensions, especially in regions that are not equipped with an appropriate institutional apparatus. Increased variability is also likely to challenge regions with existing institutional capacity. Read More

Big Spenders: Swiss Trading Companies, African Oil and the Risks of Opacity
Alexandra Gillies, Marc Guéniat, and Lorenz Kummer (Natural Resource Governance Institute, Berne Declaration, SwissAid, 2014)
The sale of crude oil by governments and their national oil companies (NOCs) is one of the least scrutinized aspects of oil sector governance. This report is the first detailed examination of those sales, and focuses on the top ten oil exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

An Analysis of the Negotiations Between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization
Evan Hoffman (University of Canterbury, 2014)
The ongoing conflict in Myanmar between the government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) is one of the longest-running in the world. Government negotiators have been able to reach ceasefire agreements with numerous other non-state actors operating in other parts of the country as part of their plan to eventually... Read More


In the last two weeks, 16 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 States: Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy, Enough Project
19 September 2014 | Center for American Progress
The Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy will lead and improve advocacy and campaigns, working closely with the Founding Director and senior leadership team to maximize the impact of Enough’s work. While continuing its use of major grassroots campaigns, rigorous analysis and reporting, and engagement with policymakers, influencers, leaders, and... Read More

Multiple Locations: Resettlement Project Manager
25 September 2014 | rePlan
Location: Current and future rePlan projects. We are currently operating in Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the Balkans. Recently completed projects include those in Mongolia, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Liberia. Read More

Central African Republic: Primate Habituation, Research and Tourism Advisor (Deadline: 2014-10-06)
22 September 2014
The Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas complex (DSPA) is a 4,450 km² area, comprising the Dzanga SanghaDense Forest Special Reserve with its various community use and other zones, and the Dzanga NdokiNational Park. This area is home to spectacular large mammals such as forest elephants, lowland gorillas andchimpanzees, bongo, buffalo, sitatunga,... Read More

Afghanistan: Rural Development Senior Advisor (Deadline: 2014-10-09)
25 September 2014 | Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
SCA has been working in Afghanistan since 1982 and is presently managing development programmes linked to five Strategic Objectives– Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff is more than 6,000 of whom 15 are non-Afghans. Read More

Nigeria: Community Conservation Manager (Deadline: 2014-10-23)
25 September 2014 | CERCOPAN
The Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature (CERCOPAN) is a UK-registered Charity (Reg. No. 1116955) with operations in Cross River State, Nigeria. Since 1995, CERCOPAN has worked to conserve Nigeria’s primates and rainforests. Read More

South Sudan: WASH Engineer Officer (Deadline: 2014-10-31)
22 September 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 reduce... Read More

Sweden: PhD Student Positions in Peace and Conflict Research with Focus on International Water Cooperation (Deadline: 2014-11-03)
23 September 2014 | Uppsala University
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Read More

Chad: Project Leader (Deadline: 2014-11-15)
22 September 2014 | Sahara Conservation Fund
The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) is recruiting a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced Project Leader to oversee operations and manage the site, staff and infrastructure of a new, ground-breaking wildlife reintroduction project in the Republic of Chad, Central Africa. Read More

International News

Sri Lanka: Land Grabs Galore in Uva
28 September 2014 | Nirmala Kannagara
Rampant land grabbing in Uva by the ruling party politicians was one of the key reasons why the government faced a setback at the recently held Provincial Council election, says the voters. Read More

Iraq/Syria: ISIS Oil Is Going to Its Enemy, the Syrian Regime
26 September 2014 | Ellen Weiss, ABC News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Call it an unholy alliance, call it complicated, call it the Middle East – but according to several experts, it appears that ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group is selling oil to its mortal enemy, the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad. Read More

Timor-Leste: Oil Dispute Prompts East Timor PM to Stay
26 September 2014 | Matthew Pennington, Herald Sun
Veteran East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao says he's pushing back plans to stand down as the fledgling nation's prime minister as his fledgling nation continues to dispute oil revenues with Australia. Read More

Myanmar: MPs Urge Prompt Return of Confiscated Land
26 September 2014 | Nyein Nyein and Zarni Mann, The Irrawaddy
Lawmakers in Burma’s Parliament have urged relevant government ministries to swiftly facilitate the return of unused land that had been confiscated from farmers, or to compensate them fairly. Read More

Russia/Ukraine: Under Pact, Russia to Give Gas to Ukraine
26 September 2014 | Melissa Eddy and Alison Smale, New York Times
BERLIN —  European officials said Friday that they had brokered a deal between Russia and Ukraine aimed at ensuring gas flows to keep factories running and homes warm over the next six months, despite a dispute over the size of Ukraine’s outstanding bills. Read More

China/India/Kashmir: India and China Step Back from Standoff in Kashmir
26 September 2014 | Hari Kumar, New York Times
NEW DELHI — India and China have agreed to defuse the nearly three-week-old standoff between troops in the disputed border region of Ladakh, Kashmir, the Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, told reporters on Friday after meeting in New York with her Chinese counterpart. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Canadian Conflict Minerals Bill Fails at Second Reading
25 September 2014 | Metal Bulletin
Canada’s proposed conflict minerals legislation has failed at its second reading, which took place in the country’s House of Commons on Wednesday September 24. Read More

South Sudan: China to Send UN Troops to South Sudan, Denies Deployment Related to Oil Investment
25 September 2014 | Kathleen Caulderwood, International Business Times
China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission to help civilians after nine months of violent conflict that has threatened Chinese oil investments. Read More

Liberia: Liberia Signs 'Transformational' Deal to Stem Deforestation
23 September 2014 | Matt McGrath, BBC News
Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid. Read More

DRC: Mining Sector CSR: Responsible Returns in a Warm Investment Climate
22 September 2014 | Joseph Kirschke, Insurance News Net
In January, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mining Minister Martin Kabwelulu asked mining companies to cease expansions amid a severe electricity shortfall. "We'll spend the year trying to address the problem," he said; as one of Africa's most unstable, poor and corrupt nations, the DRC is also the world's top... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Nepal’s Micro-hydropower Projects Have Surprising Effect On Peace Process
29 September 2014 | Florian Krampe
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment, which has been rolling out in stages since last September, confirms a crucial divide in current climate thinking: efforts to adapt and mitigate to climate change are often considered separately from the vulnerability of people. Read More

The Search for Win-Win Solutions to the Natural Resource Issues in the Kachin Conflict
25 September 2014 | Dr. Evan Hoffman, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University
Located in the northern part of Myanmar and sharing borders with China and India, Kachin state is rich in numerous different types of natural resources including gold, rubies, jade and amber. The Kachin Independence Organization and its armed wing have been waging one of the world’s longest-running struggles against the... Read More

Supply Chain Disclosure Laws Splutter
25 September 2014 | Foreign Policy
Europe is pushing ahead with rules designed to make companies disclose whether they use minerals mined in conflict zones, but efforts already underway in the United States are having mixed results. Read More

Vietnam and China: Conflict Over Islands Arouses Vietnamese Patriotism
23 September 2014 | Mercury News
I lived in Hanoi from 2004 until 2009, down the street from the Chinese Embassy. Demonstrations were rare, if not forbidden by Vietnam's controlling government. That's why in December 2007, I was startled to see people gathered with banners outside the embassy protesting the disputed Paracel and Spratly Islands. Read More

The Great New Oil and Gas Frontier of Myanmar, Warts and All
23 September 2014 | Platts
Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country still called Burma by many people, is rapidly emerging from almost 50 years of military rule and related economic isolation. Read More

Norway Gives Liberia $150 Million to Stop Cutting Down Trees
23 September 2014 | Slate
Norway will provide Liberia with $150 million in development aid in exchange for reducing deforestation. Norway has made past attempts at this kind of policy in Brazil in 2008, Guyana in 2009, and Indonesia in 2010, and its effectiveness is a matter of some debate Read More

Spending on Preventing Climate Wars versus Spending to Secure Sources of Oil
19 September 2014 | Countercurrents
This summer, my CASSE blog featured the pending Iraq War III and argued that a steady state, true-cost, sustainable economy cannot be achieved if the US in going to engage in perpetual warfare over Middle East oil. The wars in Iraq have cost trillions in the name of national security—trillions that could... 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.

Please visit us at www.environmentalpeacebuilding.org for more information. Financial support for the platform has been provided by the Government of Finland, USAID, and the European Commission. 

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