Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 24: 9 Dec 2014


Environmental Peacebuilding Announces Logo Contest Results
9 December 2014 | ELI, UNEP, McGill University & University of Tokyo
The Environmental Law Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo are pleased to announce the adoption of a new logo for the Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform and Community of Practice. Read More


Live Q&A: How Can Africa's Natural Resources Benefit All Citizens?

11 December 2014 | The Guardian and Adam Smith International, Online

Riches in oil and gas are failing to reduce poverty. Join a panel on Thursday 11 December, 1-3pm GMT to discuss how governments can capitalise on resources. The paradox that natural resource rich countries in Africa have failed to lift their people out of poverty has been romantically described as a... Read More

Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

2 January 2015 | Outward Bound Peacebuilding, Costa Rica

Join an extraordinary journey in the Costa Rican cloud forest that integrates conflict resolution and leadership training in a unique multicultural outdoor experience. Using proven experiential learning techniques, the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP) is an opportunity for working professionals and students to get out of the office/classroom and take their... Read More

2015 Biennial Conference on the Business and Economics of Peace

10 April 2015 – 11 April 2015 | Institute for Economics and Peace and American University’s Kogod School of Business, Washington, DC

The Institute for Economics and Peace and American University’s Kogod School of Business will host the 2015 biennial conference on “The Business and Economics of Peace,” April 10-11, 2015 at American University in Washington, D.C. Read More

Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium

23 April 2015 – 24 April 2015 | Association of Climate Change Officers, 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, 60 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Armed Conflict Distribution in Global Drylands through the Lens of a Typology of Socio-Ecological Vulnerability
Till Sterzel, Matthias Lüdeke, Marcel Kok, Carsten Walther, Diana Sietz, Indra de Soysa, Paul Lucas, and Peter Janssen (Regional Environmental Change, 2014)
Motivated by an inconclusive debate over implications of resource scarcity for violent conflict, and common reliance on national data and linear models, we investigate the relationship between socio-ecological vulnerability and armed conflict in global drylands on a subnational level. Read More

On Climate Variability and Civil War in Asia
Gerdis Wischnath and Halvard Buhaug (Climate Change, 2014)
Effects of climate change are frequently claimed to be responsible for widespread civil violence. Yet, scientists remain divided on this issue, and recent studies suggest that conflict risk increases with higher rainfall, loss of rainfall, higher temperatures or none of the above. Read More

Temperature Seasonality and Violent Conflict: The Inconsistencies of a Warming Planet
Steven T. Landis (Journal of Peace Research, 2014)
Current climate change research suggests that certain seasonal weather patterns will be extended and others attenuated as global temperature increases. This is important because seasonal temperature change affects both the scarcity of resources during certain times of the year and the overall mobility of people living in countries that have seasonality. Read More

Effects of Temperature and Precipitation Variability on the Risk of Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1980-2012
John O’Loughlina, Andrew M. Linkea, and Frank D. W. Witmerb (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014)
Ongoing debates in the academic community and in the public policy arena continue without clear resolution about the significance of global climate change for the risk of increased conflict. Sub-Saharan Africa is generally agreed to be the region most vulnerable to such climate impacts. Read More

Topic Guide: Conflict, Climate and Environment
Katie Peters and Janani Vivekananda (Evidence on Demand, 2014)
This Topic Guide will support Department for International Development (DFID) advisers in the Conflict, Security and Justice Cadres as well as the Humanitarian, Climate and Environment Cadres in gaining a greater understanding of the importance and complexity of the links between conflict, climate and environment. Read More

Land Access and Resettlement: A Guide to Best Practice
Gerry Reddy, Eddie Smyth, and Michael Steyn (Greenleaf Publishing, 2015)
This book guides the reader through the different stages of preparing for a land resettlement project. Land access and resettlement is a key social risk for the natural resources sector, particularly the mining, oil and gas industries, who are operating in a context of increased awareness and regulation regarding the... Read More

Want, Waste or War?: The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals
Philip Andrews-Speed, Raimund Bleischwitz, Tim Boersma, Corey Johnson, Geoffrey Kemp, and Stacy D. VanDeveer (Routledge, 2015)
In addition to environmental change, the structure and trends of global politics and the economy are also changing as more countries join the ranks of the world’s largest economies with their resource-intensive patterns. The nexus approach, conceptualized as attention to resource connections and their governance ramifications, calls attention to the... Read More

Video Interview with Janani Vivekananda: Climate Change, Governance and Stability in Fragile States [Video]
Environment, Conflict and Cooperation, 2014
Why are some countries more vulnerable to climate change than others? Janani Vivekananda from International Alert provides insights on the complex links between climate change and conflict, and identifies five key narratives on how to address corresponding challenges. Read More

The Health Impacts of Severe Climate Shocks in Colombia
Dolores de la Mata and Mauricio G Valencia-Amaya (Inter-American Development Bank: Department of Research and Chief Economist, 2014)
This paper studies the link between severe weather shocks in Colombia and municipality-level incidence of dengue and malaria.  Read More

From War to Illicit Economies
Judith Vorrath (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, 2014)
Organized crime in fragile and conflict-affected states is increasingly seen as a threat for security and development alike. The Human Security Report 2011 refers to organized crime as an external stress factor penetrating already vulnerable states and contributing to repeated cycles of violence. 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.

Environmental Peacebuilding Update Editor
5 January 2015 | ELI & UNEP
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Tokyo, and McGill University seek an Editor for the Environmental Peacebuilding Update, a biweekly email newsletter that is circulated to over 2000 subscribers in the field of environmental peacebuilding. Read More

Colombia: Chief of Party Artisanal Gold Mining, Environmental Impact Reduction Program Pact (Deadline: 2014-12-11)
20 November 2014 | PACT, DevNet
Reporting to the Country Director, the Chief of Party is responsible for leading a five-year USAID-funded program to support the Government of Colombia (GOC) in reducing the environmental impacts of artisanal and small scale mining (ASM), with special emphasis on eliminating the use of mercury and recuperating degraded areas left... Read More

Kenya: Senior Programme Officer – Conflict-Sensitive Extractive Sector Development (Deadline: 2014-12-14)
3 December 2014 | International Alert, Peace and Collaborative Development Network
International Alert is requesting Expressions of Interest from qualified and experienced specialists for a six month assignment in Nairobi, Kenya, beginning February 2nd 2015 – with the strong likelihood of at least a 12 month extension thereafter. Read More

Myanmar: Legal Coordinator, Myanmar Legal Program (Deadline: 2014-12-14)
5 December 2014 | EarthRights International
EarthRights International (ERI) seeks a highly qualified, committed attorney to lead the coordination and development of our Myanmar Legal Program inside Myanmar, working with local lawyers with support from our Myanmar Program Director. Read More

Canada: Senior Environmental Consultant (Deadline: 2015-01-05)
8 December 2014 | Department of Foreign Affairs. Trade, and Development
The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) Canada is seeking the services of a senior environmental consultant with experience and expertise in international humanitarian assistance. The consultant will conduct strategic level analyses to assist DFATD in mitigating the environmental risks of the humanitarian assistance for which it provides funding. Read More

International News

China/Philippines/South China Sea: China Denounces Philippine 'Pressure' Over Sea Dispute Arbitration
7 December 2014 | Adam Rose and Ben Blanchard, Reuters
China denounced the Philippines on Sunday for putting it under pressure with an international arbitration case over disputed waters, and refused again to participate a week ahead of a deadline to respond in the case. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Kurdish Oil Market Evolving Quickly
5 December 2014 | Daniel J. Graeber, United Press International
The market for crude oil produced in the Kurdish north of Iraq is evolving rapidly both in the domestic and foreign markets, an oil company executive said. Read More

Liberia: House Reaffirms Its Commitment to Reform Oil Sector
4 December 2014 | Richard Stephens, AllAfrica
Monrovia — Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has reaffirmed the National Legislature's commitment to reform the oil and gas sectors of Liberia to ensure every Liberian benefits from the potential hydrocarbon deposits. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq's Big Kurdish Oil Deal
3 December 2014 | Vivienna Walt, Fortune
You almost have to hand it to ISIS. The brutal terror group has stormed across Syria and Iraq, gobbling up territory and sparking turmoil across the region. And on Tuesday, it unwittingly pulled off what the U.S. Read More

Africa: IGAD Officials to Discuss Beefing up Regional Cooperation in Conflict Prevention
3 December 2014 | APA
The Committee of Permanent Secretaries (CPS) of the Inter-Governmental Agency for Development (IGAD)'s Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) will convene on Thursday in Sarova Mara Game Camp in Kenya to deliberate on beefing up regional cooperation on conflict prevention and peace building. Read More

Angola: Secret Footage Allegedly Shows Diamond Diggers Being Tortured in Angola
2 December 2014 | Global Voices
A video purportedly showing employees of a private mining security company torturing two Congolese diamond diggers with a machete in Angola has raised the ire of many social media users. Read More

China/Vietnam: Vietnamese and Chinese Vessels Clash Again in South China Sea
2 December 2014 | Want China Times
Vietnamese fishing boats clashed again with Chinese coast guard vessels in the disputed South China Sea on Nov. 26, four months after China withdrew its oil rig, reports overseas Chinese-language newspaper Duowei News. Read More

Myanmar: Searching for Burmese Jade, and Finding Misery/Video Feature: Jade’s Journey Marked by Drugs and Death
1 December 2014 | Dan Levin and Jonah M. Kessel, New York Times
MYITKYINA, Myanmar — At 16, the gem trader’s son set out for the jade mines to seek his fortune in the precious stone that China craves. But a month in, the teenager, Sang Aung Bau Hkum, was feeding his own addiction: heroin, the drug of choice among the men who... Read More

Conflict Minerals/DRC: How a Well-Intentioned U.S. Law Left Congolese Miners Jobless
30 November 2014 | Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post
LUNTUKULU, Congo — When his father could no longer make enough money from the tin mine, when he could no longer pay for school, Bienfait Kabesha ran off and joined a militia. It offered the promise of loot and food, and soon he was firing an old rifle on the... Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan Limits Dollar Sales as Oil Exports Fall
28 November 2014 | Carl Odera, Reuters
South Sudan has issued new rules banning the trade of dollars in the black market and restricting the sale of hard currency at foreign exchange bureaus, as the country struggles with a shortage of dollars due to falling oil exports. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

Common Sense on Conflict Minerals
1 December 2014 | Project Syndicate
“That diamond upon your finger, say how came it yours?” asks Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. “Thou’lt torture me,” responds the villainous Iachimo, “to leave unspoken that which, to be spoke, would torture thee.” The story behind certain parts of the global trade in natural resources today, whether spoken or not, is no less a... Read More

Water Wars of the 21st Century
1 December 2014 | Dawn
While oil may have triggered many of the conflicts of the 20th century, many believe that this century’s wars will mostly be over water. Four years ago, many in Pakistan feared that India was bent on denying water due to us under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty. Read More

Pipeline Geopolitics: From Syria to Russia via Ukraine
30 November 2014 | Counter Currents
Prior to landing in Ukraine or before I start glossing the western sanction on Russia, it is important to take the readers through the memory lane into Syria to expound the Pipeline-Geopolitics in the Middle-East. Moreover, without understanding Putin's love and Obama's abhorrence for Assad, the whole story of Ukrainian... Read More

Conflict Minerals: EU Can Save Lives and Boost Profits
29 November 2014 | EU Observer
It’s not always fashionable to talk about Brussels wielding power. To many, the inner workings of the European Union seem far-removed from day-to-day life, and in particular, corporate power. Read More

Going for Congo's Gold
26 November 2014 | Washington Post
Just in time for the holidays, the Enough Project, an advocacy group that has worked for years to stop war crimes in Congo by bringing attention to conflict minerals, is hoping that jewelry companies can play a large role in ensuring that the gold used for your 14-karat engagement ring... 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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