Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 21: 28 Oct 2014


Call for papers: XIII International Conference on Geography and Geosciences
28 October 2014 | WASET
The 13th International Conference on Geography and Geosciences is the premier interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Geography and Geosciences. The conference will take place on February 7-8 2015 in New Delhi. Read More


Water, Energy and Food Security Towards Expo 2015: The Challenge of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
5 November 2014 | Venice
The need to ensure the sustainability of food and energy provision for a rising population is the main theme addressed by the forthcoming Expo to be held in Milan in 2015. The increasing pace and dynamics of land acquisitions and the implicit appropriation of water resources poses major challenges to... 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

IUCN World Parks Congress Sydney 2014, November 12-19
12 November 2014 | Sydney
The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", it will present, discuss and create original approaches for... Read More

Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium
7 January 2015 | Washington DC
ACCO's 4th annual Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium will continue the dialogue on the growing efforts of U.S. defense, intelligence and national security communities on assessing and responding to climate change. This year's program will specifically address infrastructure resilience, critical risks in the supply chain, energy security and... Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 36 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan
Luke Patey (C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 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 economies established... Read More

Desertification: The Invisible Frontline
“Desertification is a silent, invisible crisis that is destabilizing communities on a global scale. As the effects of climate change undermine livelihoods, inter-ethnic clashes are breaking out within and across states and fragile states are turning to militarization to control the situation. Read More

Silas and Community Mapping [Video]
Silas Siakor (Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), 2014)
Silas Siakor, environmental activist and Goldman Prize Winner, and the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) have been working on community mapping throughout Liberia for many years. Their work is helping transform natural resource management so that the benefits are shared equally and also helping empower communities to contribute towards decision making... Read More

Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA): Ethiopia
Ethiopia Central Statistical Agency and the World Food Programme, 2014
Although Ethiopia has come a long way in reducing poverty and food insecurity, widespread poverty and food insecurity still persist. The country is prone to drought, which has serious implications on food security as most of the agriculture is dependent on rain. Read More

Food Appropriation through Large Scale Land Acquisitions
Maria Cristina Rulli and Paolo D’Odorico (IOP Science, 2014)
The increasing demand for agricultural products and the uncertainty of international food markets has recently drawn the attention of governments and agribusiness firms toward investments in productive agricultural land, mostly in the developing world. The targeted countries are typically located in regions that have remained only marginally utilized because of lack of modern technology. Read More

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change
CNA Military Advisory Board (CNA Corporation, 2014)
Projected climate change is a complex multi-decade challenge. Without action to build resilience, it will increase security risks over much of the planet. It will not only increase threats to developing nations in resource-challenged parts of the world, but it will also test the security of nations with robust capability,... Read More

Climate Change and European Security
Richard Youngs (Routledge, 2014)
It is now commonly asserted that climate change will fundamentally change international relations. It has been predicted that global warming will increase conflict within and between states, intensify food insecurity, menace the global trading system and unleash waves of migration. Read More

Drought and Food Insecurity in Somalia
ActAlliance, 2014
The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire with drought alerts being sounded. Somalia has been characterized by clan and armed conflict which still continue in the south even after establishment of a federal government in 2012. Severe human rights violations and impunity represent the situation in Somalia. Read More

War and the Environment: New Approaches to Protecting the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict
Rosemary Rayfuse (ed.) (Brill, 2014)
The chapters in this volume have their origins in papers presented at a Workshop held at Lund University in Sweden. The Workshop gathered together experts from Europe, the United States and Australia, including leading academics as well as representatives from the ICRC, the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish Red Cross Societies... Read More

Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
Department of Defense (Department of Defense, 2014)
Climate  change  will  affect  the  Department  of  Defense's  ability  to  defend  the  Nation  and  poses   immediate  risks  to  U.S.  national  security.    The  Department  is  responding  to  climate  change  in  two   ways:    adaptation,  or  efforts  to  plan  for  the  changes  that  are  occurring  or  expected  to  occur;... Read More


In the last two weeks, 7 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

Afghanistan: Consultant - Jogi Study (Deadline: 2014-10-30)
14 October 2014 | People in Need
Very little is known about the Jogi community in Afghanistan. While not an ethnic group per se, they are considered to be part of the Jat ethnic group, and are generally characterised by their exclusion from the rest of Afghan society, their semi-nomadic lifestyle and their unusual sources of income;... Read More

Afghanistan: Regional Manager, Natural Resources Manager (Deadline: 2014-10-30)
28 October 2014 | Aga Khan Foundation
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit and non-denominational development agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long term problems of poverty, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas across the world. 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

Uganda: Program Manager (Deadline: 2014-10-31)
28 October 2014 | Evidence Action
Evidence Action is looking for a Program Manager for Dispensers for Safe Water in Uganda. The position is located in Kampala. We are seeking a motivated , passionate, and skilled operational and people manager who will build a high-performing rural service delivery program and strong team to eventually serve 9... 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

Timor-Leste: Australia and East Timor Restart Talks on Maritime Boundary
28 October 2014 | Sydney Morning Herald
East Timor's parliament has authorised the "immediate commencement of negotiations" with Australia to establish a new maritime boundary between the countries. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Oil Gives Kurds a Path to Independence, and Conflict With Baghdad
25 October 2014 | Azam Ahmed and Clifford Krauss, New York Times
KIRKUK, Iraq — Roughly two dozen huge oil tankers are idly turning figure eights around the Mediterranean or on the high seas, loaded with oil pumped from wells in Iraqi Kurdistan but with nowhere to legally offload it. Read More

Liberia: GOL, Norwegian Gov't Sign U.S.$150 Million Agreement
23 October 2014 | Victor C. Hanson Jr, AllAfrica
The Government of Liberia and the Kingdom of Norway have signed US$150 million agreement to improve forest governance, strengthen law enforcement, and support efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and forest degradation in Liberia. Read More

Darfur/Sudan: Oil in Darfur Waiting to Be Explored - Expert
23 October 2014 | Sudan Vision
El Fasher — The Darfur region has a great potential for oil exploration, estimated at between five to fifteen billion barrels, as long as the rebel movements take a unified position over the issue of oil, and local communities affected by exploration activities are either preserved or compensated fairly, a... Read More

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone: Ebola Outbreak Prompts Food Scarcity and Threat of Social Conflict
23 October 2014 | Clar Ni Chonghaile, The Guardian
Farmers in Liberia are too frightened to work together in their fields, fertilisers and seeds are stuck on the other side of closed borders, markets are almost empty, people have less money because jobs that involve physical contact with others are disappearing, and prices for everything from cassava to palm... Read More

Haiti: Hearing in Haitians’ Cholera Case
23 October 2014 | Rick Gladstone, New York Times
A federal judge in Manhattan heard arguments on Thursday in the first court proceeding over Haitian cholera victims’ lawsuit against the United Nations. They contend that infected peacekeepers were responsible for the outbreak, which has killed more than 8,000 people since 2010. Read More

China/South China Sea: China Installs Buoys in Pacific Ocean, Report Says
22 October 2014 | AFP
Beijing (AFP) - China has installed 17 sets of submerged buoys in "key marine areas" of the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, a move that could exacerbate territorial tensions in the region. Read More

Uganda: Uganda Says Oil Revenue Possible Alternative to Chinese Cash for Railway
21 October 2014 | Karin Strohecker, Reuters
LONDON - Uganda could rely on income from future oil exports to finance an $8 billion railway if funding talks with China fail to bear fruit, its president said. Read More

Mindanao/Philippines: Massive Land Grabbing Reported in SouthCot Town
21 October 2014 | Minda News
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Officials of Tantangan town in South Cotabato have raised alarm over the alleged massive land grabbing activities in two of its villages that is reportedly backed by an armed group. Read More

Liberia: Ebola Epidemic Delays Auction
21 October 2014 | Africa Energy Intelligence
Liberia has pulled out all the stops to make its licensing round a success. But Monrovia is touting new blocks in a highly complicated health and legal context. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Oil: Will Star Shine for South Sudan?
27 October 2014 | Gurtong
South Sudan’s first post-independence oil deal is high-risk and in urgent need of further scrutiny, according to a new Global Witness report released today. The seven month investigation into the deal between the South Sudanese government and the Spanish-owned oil company Star Petroleum for two of the country’s last remaining oil... Read More

The Last Train
25 October 2014 | New York Times
When Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn’t work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. Read More

No Pain, No Gain: The Hassle of Conflict Mineral Audits Might Actually be Worth It
22 October 2014 | TTI, inc.
It is a simple question companies are required to ask and, depending on the direction of the latest appellate court decision, perhaps even answer: do your connectors contain conflict minerals? For the vast majority of connectors, conflict minerals are a non-issue, however the answer “no.” is no longer sufficient. Read More

China's Water Wars More Reality than Cli-Fi
19 October 2014 | Sydney Morning Herald
Living in Beijing, I often felt bad about taking a shower. It was guilt because, in our house, you had to run a good five minutes of water down the drain before it turned hot. Such a waste in a city in chronic drought.   Read More

Oil and Gas and the Debate over ‘Quality’ Investment
19 October 2014 | Mizzima
Not enough Myanmar companies are benefitting from foreign investment in the oil and gas sector, says Parami Energy group chairman and chief executive officer U Ken Tun. Read More

What's on Deck in Libya: An Oil Rich Nation Nearing Anarchy
17 October 2014 | Site Intel Group
As the world focuses most of its attention on the Middle East, most specifically on Syria and Iraq, another nation in the region is also threatened by the grim specter of anarchy: Libya. Read More

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