Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 25: 23 Dec 2014


Green Star Awards: Nominations Extended to Feb. 15
9 January 2015 | Green Cross, UNEP, and OCHA
The biennial Green Star Awards recognize individuals, organizations, governments and companies who have demonstrated achievements in prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies. Read More

Video Now Available: Jon Barnett, 2nd Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding
22 December 2014 | ELI & UNEP
On October 8th, 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


Third Arab Water Week 2015: "Innovations & Sustainable Solutions for the Water Sector in the Arab Region"

11 January 2015 | Arab Countries Water Utilities Association, Dead Sea, Jordan

Water is increasingly becoming a binding constraint on Arab development. According to the Arab Development Challenges Report 2011 by UNDP; available renewable fresh water resources per capita in the Arab world are among the lowest worldwide. 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

2015 Environmental Emergencies Forum

1 June 2015 – 3 June 2015 | Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, Oslo, Norway

Global risks are intensifying. The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled in the past decade, while more and more people are living in the countries most exposed to the full range of natural and technological hazards. Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 21 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

An Insightful Look at 2014 Conflict Minerals Efforts: Benefits of Tracing Your Supply Chain
Jordan Groves, Jennifer Kraus, Elizabeth Martin, and Devin Simonson (Source Intelligence, 2014)
Timely supplier responsiveness is a key enabler for conflict minerals compliance. Across core steps in the compliance process, as depicted in Figure 1, determining the chain of custody of minerals requires a significant amount of supplier engagement. For 2013 compliance, this proved to be extremely time-consuming as requests for information had to be passed... Read More

The Climate Wars are Already Here
David Michel and Ricky Passarelli (Foreign Policy, 2014)
West Africa’s Niger River Basin, home to some of the poorest countries in the world, might be the bleeding edge of a new kind of conflict. Along Africa’s third largest river, climate change and ballooning populations in Mali, Niger, and Nigeria — the three largest countries that rely on the... Read More

The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
Bill Hayton (Yale University Press, 2014)
China’s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing’s back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows ever more likely. Read More

Central African Republic Crisis: Managing Natural Resources for Peace
Katherine Edelen, Ilona Coyle, and Jordan Street (Friends Committee on National Legislation, 2014)
The Central African Republic (CAR) is a resource-rich country, endowed with mineral wealth, vast expanses of timber, fertile lands and wildlife. CAR is also trapped in cycles of violent conflict and political crises that date back to the 1990s. Read More

Analyzing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Congolese Livelihoods
Jeroen Cuvelier, Steven Van Bockstael, Koen Vlassenroot, and Claude Iguma (Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, 2014)
The protracted conflict in eastern DRC is often explained by referring to the ‘conflict minerals’ narrative, propagated by activist NGOs, and frequently occurring in media and think tank publications.1 Following this narrative, the various armed groups operating in eastern DRC are able to survive largely due to the profits they... Read More

Virunga [Video]
Orlando von Einsiedel (Netflix, 2014)
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. Here, an embattled team of park rangers that includes an ex-child soldier and a Belgian prince, risk their lives to protect... Read More

Video Interview with Peter Eigen - Part I: The Resource Curse: Governance Challenges of Natural Resource Management [Video]
Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation (Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation, 2014)
The governance challenges of natural resource extraction are enormous. What can be done to improve natural resource governance? ECC’s Stephan Wolters talked to Peter Eigen, Founder of Transparency International and Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) from 2006-11. Read More


In the last two weeks, 12 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa: Humanitarian Affairs Officer (P-4) (Deadline: 2014-12-25)
11 December 2014 | UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Humanitarian Affairs Officer reports to the Head of the Joint Humanitarian Management Unit (JHMU) within the OCHA office. The JHMU manages the DRC Common Humanitarian Fund. Read More

Darfur: Food Security / Livelihoods Manager (Deadline: 2014-12-25)
19 December 2014 | UMCOR
The Food Security Manager plays an important role in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sudan's field management structure. UMCOR-International Program’s program areas in the Sudan focuses primarily in the field of Emergency Relief and transitional development, which include but not limited to the following sectors; water and sanitation,... Read More

Yemen: Project Development Officer (Deadline: 2014-12-30)
19 December 2014 | ACTED
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... Read More

Togo: Project Manager Food Security (Deadline: 2015-01-05)
19 December 2014 | German Red Cross (GRC)
GRC is currently seeking a Project Manager for Food Security. The project is aiming to promote an integrated soil use and management in Maritime Region (Préfectures Ave and Zio). Therefore women in 40 villages in Ave and Zio are trained through the Farmer Field School approach, where improved seeds are... Read More

Liberia: Country Manager (Deadline: 2015-01-09)
19 December 2014 | Fauna Flora International
FFI is seeking a Country Manager who, as part of a small team, will provide support to the FDA (Forestry Development Authority) and FFI’s other local partners in Liberia. This person will have responsibility for the development, implementation and delivery of FFI’s programme of projects in Liberia. Read More

Sudan: WASH Sector Manager (Deadline: 2015-01-11)
19 December 2014 | United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The WASH Sector Manager plays an important role in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sudan's field management structure. UMCOR-NGO’s program areas in the Sudan focus primarily in the field of emergency relief and transitional development, which include but not limited to the following sectors; water and sanitation, food... Read More

Myanmar: Chief Technical Advisor (Deadline: 2015-01-15)
19 December 2014 | United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. Read More

International News

Liberia: Legislature Ratifies Block 16 Oil Agreement
19 December 2014 | Obediah Johnson, Heritage
Monrovia — The 53rd Liberian Legislature has ratified the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of Liberia offshore oil Block 16 between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberty Petroleum Corporation Liberia Limited, Pillar Oil Limited and New Millennium Oil and Gas. Read More

Iraq: Iraq Reviews Oil Revenue Sharing
18 December 2014 | Anthony McAuley, The National
BASRA: Iraq is in talks with its oil-producing governorates, including Basra, about a fairer distribution of revenue, said the oil minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. He made the remarks on Wednesday at a ceremony to mark the fifth anniversary of a deal with BP and PetroChina to reverse the steep decline in production... Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities
18 December 2014 | Ilya Gridneff, Bloomberg
The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Read More

Bangladesh: Land Grabbing Attacks on Minorities By Bengali Settlers Continues
18 December 2014 | Asian Tribune
On 16 December 2014, when whole country was celebrating the victory day of the country, indigenous houses and shops were burnt down by Bengali settlers in Bagachari area under Burighat union of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district. The arson attack by Bengal settlers was made allegedly in connection with land grabbing. Read More

Côte d’Ivoire: Belgium Lifts Ban On Ivory Coast Diamonds Trade
16 December 2014 | Kathleen Caulderwood, International Business Times
Belgium has lifted a ban on diamonds from the Ivory Coast that’s been in place for more than a decade, after training local officials to spot conflict diamonds. Read More

South China Sea Dispute: Philippines and Vietnam Allies in Position Papers against China
13 December 2014 | Michelle Flor Cruz, International Business Times
Vietnam and the Philippines expressed support for each other this week against claims made by China in the hotly disputed South China Sea area. The battle over a cluster of resource-rich islands and strategic maritime territories in Southeast Asia is now being fought before an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Read More

Sierra Leone: Ebola’s Spread in Sierra Leone Puts Diamond Mines at Risk
12 December 2014 | Thomas Biesheuvel and Makiko Kitamura, Bloomberg
As Ebola rages in Sierra Leone, the outbreak has claimed almost 2,000 lives and contributed to the collapse of the iron ore industry. Now the virus is hitting the diamond mines. Read More

Conflict Minerals: SEC Argues Its Conflict Minerals Rule Survives First Amendment Scrutiny
12 December 2014 | Yin Wilczek, Bloomberg BNA
The Securities and Exchange Commission Dec. 8 told a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that it should uphold the entirety of the agency's conflict minerals rule. Read More

DRC: Miner vs. Miner: A Different Kind of Mineral Conflict
11 December 2014 | Sabri Ben-Achour, Marketplace
Biyamungu Ngalikyana, in his mid-20s, sports shiny white rubber boots and a mining helmet as he walks down a dirt road in the mining town of Luhwindja in south Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A former Mai Mai rebel fighter, he now digs for gold hundreds of feet beneath the surface. Read More

Angola: National Director of State Assets in Major Land-Grabbing Fraud
10 December 2014 | Rafael Marques de Morais, Maka Angola
On June 5, 2014, the national director of State Assets at the Ministry of Finance, Sílvio Franco Burity, successfully petitioned the governor of Kwanza-Sul, General Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, for the legalization of 8,974 hectares of land, to be used for his own private agricultural and cattle rearing projects. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

'Extreme Realities' Sheds Light on Links Between Global Climate Dynamics and National Security
17 December 2014 | Sarah Meyerhoff
“We cannot ignore the new reality that climate change has become a major foreign policy issue in the 21st century,” a new film by Hal and Marilyn Weiner concludes. Read More

Q & A: Bill Hayton on Growing Rivalries in the South China Sea
17 December 2014 | Jane Perlez, The New York Times
Bill Hayton, a longtime journalist with the BBC, has spent much of his career chronicling events in Southeast Asia and observing the growing rivalries in the region. His first book, “Vietnam: Rising Dragon” (Yale University Press, 2010), explored the authoritarian nature of the government and the human rights abuses that... Read More

How to cut militias off from gold and mineral mines in Congo
17 December 2014 | The Los Angeles Times
Few parts of the world have been more ravaged by war and violence over the last two decades than the Democratic Republic of Congo. That's been made possible, in part, by the mines in the eastern part of the country that offer up tin, tungsten and tantalum — the 3Ts,... Read More

Conflict Minerals Regulation Helping Thousands of Miners
12 December 2014 | Source Intelligence
How the Conflict Minerals Regulation Benefits Congolese Miners The Enough Project's U.S. and Congo-based groups visited mining communities in eastern Congo to "get an updated assessment on conflict minerals," last month. With the information they gathered, Think Progress recently published “9 Things You Need To Know About Conflict Minerals,”  to provide... Read More

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