Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 28: 3 Feb 2015


Call for Papers: The 8th International Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop: Defence Regional Engagement - The Role of Human Geography in Enabling Defence Engagement
30 January 2015 | The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Cranfield University
Proposals for presentations, based on one of the workshop objectives (listed below), are invited from interested parties. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length. Presentations should preferably focus on research emphasizing field work results. Past workshops have considered data requirements, the associated operational needs and the tools for addressing those needs. ... Read More

Register for Conflict, Collaboration and Consensus in Natural Resources
23 January 2015 | Michigan State University Extension
Do you work with natural resource-based groups or individuals who often find themselves in conflict situations?  Michigan State University Extension offers an intensive program designed to help you gain confidence and competence in helping groups and communities productively address contentious natural resource issues.  Read More

Course: 2015 Balkans Academic Expedition Environmental Peacebuilding & Sustainability: A Peace Park in the Balkans?
21 January 2015 | International Peace Park Expeditions
This accredited academic expedition will provide students with a unique, adventure based, experiential learning opportunity in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, one of the last bio-diversity hotspots in Europe, a place where the legacy of the conflict of the 1990s is being overcome with entrepreneurship, ecotourism and environmental... Read More


EIPC and IPC Seminar on Conflict Minerals

6 February 2015 | Alpha, Woking, UK

Key industry experts such as Aidan Turnbull Ph.D, prinicipal/partner at EVIRON UK Ltd and Fern Abrams, director of government relations and environmental policy for the IPC, will present on the current European Union legislation in conflict minerals, how to navigate conflict minerals reporting and how to respond to customer enquiries. Read More

World Bank Group Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Forum 2015

11 February 2015 – 13 February 2015 | World Bank Group, Washington, DC

Conflict in the 21st century has multiple dimensions and vanishing boundaries, with countries and regions facing diverse and overlapping forms of fragility, conflict and violence. Development outcomes are most compromised in situations of fragility and conflict: these countries lag in all measures of the millennium development goals. Read More

World Bank's 2015 Fragility Forum: A Special Great Lakes Policy Forum on the Democratic Republic of Congo

11 February 2015 | Work Bank Group and Search for Common Ground, Washington, DC

Twenty years ago, the now-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received massive influxes of refugees from neighboring Rwanda, triggering a state collapse that claimed millions of lives. The international community has invested billions of dollars addressing recurrent humanitarian needs in the east of the country, and yet, fragility and crisis persist. Read More

Land Tenure and Disasters: Response, Rebuilding, Resilience

20 February 2015 | United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC

After a disaster, land and property rights are often overlooked in response and rebuilding efforts. The lack of clear rights often leads to conflict, delay, and higher costs. But we can address these problems before a disaster strikes. We can: Read More

International Association for Conflict Management 2015 Annual Conference

28 June 2015 – 1 July 2015 | The International Association for Conflict Management and the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, Clearwater Beach, FL

The 28th annual conference for the International Association for Conflict Management will address – among other issues – how to manage disputes related to natural resources and territory.  The International Association for Conflict Management, an organization aimed at the proliferation of knowledge concerning the improvement of conflict management strategies, is... Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 63 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Afghanistan Reconnected: Regional Economic Security Beyond 2014
Sarah Stern and Anna Mitri (East-West Institute, 2014)
Afghanistan’s economic development is at a critical and exciting juncture as international troops withdraw at the end of this year, and the country elects a new president. The EastWest Institute Brussels Center proudly presents Afghanistan Reconnected: Regional Economic Security Beyond 2014, which focuses on the economic opportunities of the country’s... Read More

Grand Theft Global: Prosecuting the War Crime of Pillage in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Holly Dranginis (Enough Project, 2015)
From the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to Al-Shabaab, many of the world’s most infamous and destabilizing armed actors today finance their activities in part through the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources. Read More

"There is No Benefit, They Destroyed Our Farmland": Selected Land and Livelihood Impacts Along the Shwe Natural Gas and China-Myanmar Oil Transport Pipeline from Rakhine State to Mandalay Division
Earth Rights International (Earth Rights International, 2014)
The Shwe natural gas project and the Myanmar-China oil transport project, commonly referred to as the “Myanmar-China Pipelines” or “Shwe Pipelines” are two of Myanmar’s largest energy projects that include offshore platforms, offshore and onshore pipelines, and onshore terminals, deep sea ports and storage and processing facilities. Read More

Libya: Interagency Rapid Assessment
The political crisis and escalation of violence in Libya since May 2014 has led to civilian casualties, massive displacement as well as the destruction of public infrastructure and the disruption of basic services and social protection systems. Humanitarian community estimates that two million people, a third of the Libya population,... Read More

The Conflict in Unity State
The Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan, 2015
It is now thirteen months since the beginning of the South Sudanese conflict. Both the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) have spent the rainy season reinforcing their military positions in Unity state—as elsewhere—in anticipation of a dry season military campaign. Read More

Communitarian Ecotourism in the Colombia Darién and Urabá Region: An Opportunity for Peace-Building
Natalia Naranjo Ramos (Center for Peace Research and Education, 2014)
The Urabá Gulf is located on the western border of northern Colombia, next to Panamá. The continental part of the Gulf is the Darién and Urabá Region. This area of Colombia is still unknown; its violence and uprooting history have stigmatised a beautiful place, diverse in people and nature. Read More

Effects of Temperature and Precipitation Variability on the Risk of Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1980-2012
John O’Loughlin, Andrew M. Linke, Frank D. W. Witmer (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

Climate, Scarcity and Conflict
Shiloh Fetzek and Jeffrey Mazo (Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, IISS, 2014)
Since 2007, evidence that climate change poses a risk to international peace and security has strengthened and deepened. Climate change will act as a conflict multiplier by amplifying existing environmental stresses, creating new ones, exacerbating water and food insecurity, and adding to the pressures on weak, corrupt or repressive governments... Read More

Disasters and Conflict Policy and Field Updates July-December 2014
UNEP Disasters and Conflict Sub-Programme (United Nations Environment Programme, 2014)
In addition to their tragic human toll, disasters and conflicts can destroy infrastructure, undermine human security and tear apart the fabric of sustainable development. Their impacts are disproportionately borne by the most vulnerable sectors of society, affecting livelihoods and compounding poverty.  Read More


In the last two weeks, 6 new jobs were added to our online listing of job postings. Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

Assistant Professor of Community and International Development
3 February 2015 | Eastern Mennonite University Peacebuilding and Development Program
Position: Three-quarter-time Assistant Professor of Community and International Development; two-year faculty position. Read More

Ethiopia: Thematic Director - Crop Productivity Enhancement (TD-CPE) (Deadline: 2015-02-05)
31 January 2015 | Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA)
The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is seeking a Crop Productivity Enhancement Theme Director (TD-CPE). This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The TD-CPE will work within a matrix management system that includes a number of staff in management-related positions – two Executive Directors (EDs) for Programmes and for... Read More

Ethiopia: Chief of Party, BRACED Programme (Deadline: 2015-02-07)
31 January 2015 | Farm Africa
Farm Africa is a different kind of charity, working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural eastern Africa. Our sustainable, community-led projects help Africa’s farmers feed Africa’s people for the long-term.  Read More

Liberia: Emergency WASH/Environmental Health Manager (Deadline: 2015-02-11)
11 January 2015 | International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Read More

Afghanistan: WASH Adviser (Deadline: 2015-02-17)
11 January 2015 | Mission East
Location / department: Mission East (ME) Faizabad City, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, with frequent travels to provinces in Afghanistan with ME operations (Takhar, Badakhshan and Baghlan) and travel to Kabul. Read More

Jordan: WASH Program Manager (Deadline: 2015-02-28)
11 January 2015 | Agency for Technical Development and Cooperation
Agency for Technical Development and Cooperation (ACTED) is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination. ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Read More

International News

South Sudan/Sudan: South Sudan to Renegotiate Oil Fees with Sudan: Official
31 January 2015 | Sudan Tribune
JUBA – South Sudan’s petroleum minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau said his country will consider whether to continue paying Sudan $25 per barrel of oil or push for reduction. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Kurds Retake Oil Facility in North Iraq, 15 Workers Still Missing
31 January 2015 | Mustafa Mahmoud, Reuters
Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier on Saturday, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear. Read More

Pakistan: Man Stoned to Death in Land-Grabbing Episode
30 January 2015 | The News
Killing over land dispute is a routine matter in rural areas of the country, which has now shifted to big cities after property-grabbing became trouble-free and a gainful business. Read More

Myanmar: New China-Myanmar Oil Pipeline Bypasses Malacca Trap
30 January 2015 | The Hindu
China has taken a firm step to beef up its energy security by inaugurating a pipeline that will bring crude oil from a deepwater port in Myanmar, along a transit route that will bypass the strategic Malacca Straits. Read More

Philippines/Vietnam/South China Sea: Vietnam, Philippines Boost Ties to Counter China in Territorial Dispute
30 January 2015 | Geann Pineda, China Topix
The Philippines and Vietnam are boosting defense ties to counter China in the South China sea territorial dispute. Read More

Sierra Leone: Miners Brace for “Catastrophe"
29 January 2015 | Silas Gbandia, Equal Times
Sierra Leone could lose more than 7,000 mining jobs following a decision by the country’s largest employer to temporarily retrench workers. Read More

Liberia: Land Commission Seeks New Option for Land Disputes
29 January 2015 | Emmanuel Weedee-Conway, Heritage
The Land Commission (LC) has adopted new measures to fast strike the settlement of land disputes outside of court proceedings with the establishment of Land Coordination Centers (LCC) in six counties. Read More

Nigeria: Nigerian Farmers Face Destitution from 300 sq. km Land Grab Backed by UK Aid
28 January 2015 | Oliver Tickell, Ecologist
Development secretary Justine Greening is facing questions over UK involvement in a massive land-grab in Nigeria that is evicting local farmers from 300 square kilometres of fertile farmland to clear the way for a rice farm owned and controlled from the US and Canada. A 45,000-strong community faces landlessness and destitution. Read More

Iraq: Shell Signs $11 Billion Deal to Build Petrochemicals Plant in Iraq
28 January 2015 | Saif Hameed, Reuters
Royal DutchShell (RDSa.L) signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country's aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income. Read More

Food Security: ‘Vicious Circles Linking Violence and Hunger’ Must End – UN Agriculture Chief
26 January 2015 | United Nations FAO
Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission held at Headquarters today. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

The Guilty and the Innocent: China and Illegal Logging in Myanmar
27 January 2015 | Yun Sun
The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar as the result of the Myanmar military’s crackdown on illegal logging and timber trade once again pushed the issue of Myanmar high up on China’s foreign policy priorities. Read More

The Plunder of Myanmar
27 January 2015 | New York Times Editorial Board
China’s exploding appetites have unleashed a wholesale looting of Myanmar’s valuable natural resources. While this often involves outright theft, it also comes in the form of crony capitalism. Myanmar’s military elite has deals with Chinese companies that are eager to exploit the land, with little concern for the environment or people. Read More

A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change
26 January 2015 | Des Browne and Michael Shank
We are facing a new security threat, and, if left unaddressed, it has the potential to kill thousands of people in a single summer. We are talking, of course, about climate change. A new study authored by the British Met Office Hadley Center notes that the chances of extremely hot... Read More

Russia’s "Crimea" Problem in the Far East
26 January 2015 | Nikolay Delchev
It has been almost one year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014. The event caused much controversy and was condemned by the majority of world leaders, as well as NATO, and the EU as an illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, in disrespect to the signing of the 1994... Read More

China-India Water Disputes: Two Major Misperceptions Revisited – Analysis
26 January 2015 | Zhang Hongzhou
For years, Indian security analysts, most notably Dr. Brahma Chellaney, have been warning of the coming water wars between India and China. While water issues could emerge as a major threat to Sino-India relations given rapidly rising demand, competing water usages and threats from climate change, the ‘water wars’ narrative... Read More

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