Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 32: 31 Mar 2015


Seeking Input on the Definition of "Environmental Peacebuilding"
31 March 2015 | Environmental Peacebuilding
For many years, we have brought together a wide range of researchers, practitioners, and decisionmakers working at the intersection of peacebuilding and natural resources and the environment.  Over this time, our understanding of “environmental peacebuilding” has evolved.  We are in the process of seeking to refine the term to take... Read More

Livelihoods, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Book to Be Published on April 3
30 March 2015 | Helen Young and Lisa Goldman
In developing countries around the world, local natural resources – such as charcoal, wildlife, and fisheries – have strong microeconomic and cultural importance. So vital to traditional livelihoods, these resources are unfortunately not exempt from the brutal effects of conflict. Read More


In the last two weeks, 10 events were added to our online calendar of events on environmental peacebuilding.  Following are new additions:

Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group Meeting

7 April 2015 | EPWG, Washington, DC

The next periodic meeting of the Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group (for researchers and practitioners in the Washington, DC area) will be held on Tuesday, April 7th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. For more information, contact bruch@eli.org. Read More

Water after Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics

23 April 2015 – 24 April 2015 | Humanities Without Walls, the UIC Institute for the Humanities, and the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, Chicago, IL

The Great Lakes contain one of the world’s most significant shares of fresh water, a resource necessary to almost every human endeavor and one that is fast disappearing.  Is the water in the Great Lakes a global resource? Should its use be restricted to the populations on its shores and... Read More

Responsible Extractives Summit - North America 2015

30 April 2015 – 1 May 2015 | Ethical Corporation, Houston, TX

The Responsible Extractives Summit 2015 is a two day event for sustainability professionals in Mining, Oil and Gas. The senior-level speakers and delegates offer unrivaled insight on how to use social performance to prevent non-technical risk and access resources. Read More

Land, Property, and Conflict

18 May 2015 – 21 May 2015 | USIP, the International Organization for Migration, The World Bank, and USAID, Washington, DC

Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. Read More

Conflict Transformation across Borders

10 June 2015 – 30 June 2015 | University of Massachusetts, Boston, Ecuador

The Conflict Transformation Across Borders (CTAB) summer institute in Ecuador will facilitate discussion on sites of conflict among states and transnational actors over currency and trade, migration and refugees, environmental threats, and contested sovereignty to build institutional and social bases for coexistence and lasting peace. Read More

Workshop: Water Conflict Management and Transformation

14 June 2015 – 19 June 2015 | Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

How can we move debates about water resource issues beyond entrenched positions? What are some less confrontational approaches that bring conflicting interests and institutions together to craft workable solutions that build community rather than disrupt it? Read More

Workshop: Wicked Problems in Natural Resources: Negotiations, Decision Making and the Public

14 June 2015 – 19 June 2015 | Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Offering an advanced course in negotiations for the first time, instructors Gregg Walker will focus primarily on conflict assessment, negotiation, decision-making and public participation in environmental, natural resource and water conflict situations. Class topics include conflict and negotiation theory, assessment and design, environmental policy, collaboration and systems thinking. Read More

Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

23 June 2015 – 25 June 2015 | Marcus Evans, Chicago, IL

The 3rd Conflict Minerals Reporting and Supply Chain Transparency Conference will examine the SEC regulations that require all the U.S. public companies to disclose the specific minerals contained in their products, which makes supply chain due diligence a must.  Discussions will tackle key issues including enhancing smelter data and verification... Read More

Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference

27 June 2015 | Kisii University, Kisii, Kenya

Particular topics of interest include: East and West in Energy, Water, Agriculture and Development, East and West, Urbanization and Rural Development, East and West, Peace, Conflict and Security issues, East and West and Exploitation of Resources in Africa, Environment, Climate Change and E-waste, Planning and management of natural resources, Corporate... Read More

Toxic Legacies - Agent Orange as a Challenge

28 June 2015 | Rachel Carson Center, Munich

Agent Orange, the most infamous of the defoliating herbicides used by the US military during the Vietnam War, offers a historical lesson and legacy. Various groups have struggled with the human and environmental damages caused by chemical exposure. Read More


In the last two weeks, 23 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Afghanistan: Extreme Weather Regional Overview
OCHA (OCHA, 2015)
An estimated 5,464 families have been affected by floods, rain, heavy snow and avalanches in 104 districts in 21 provinces. A total of 212 people were killed and 69 people were injured. 999 houses were completely destroyed and 4,116 houses were damaged. Read More

Afghanistan: Current and Projected Acute Food Insecurity Situation
IPC (IPC, 2014)
The IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis Workshop (15-22 September) covered all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Badakhshan is the only province classified in phase 4 (emergency) which is worst affected by acute food insecurity. 15 provinces are in Phase 3 (crisis), 17 in Phase 2 (stressed) and 1 in Phase 1 (minimal). Read More

How Conflict Minerals Funded a War That Killed Millions, and Why Tech Giants are Finally Cleaning Up Their Act
Nick Heath (TechRepublic UK, 2014)
The minerals from the DRC's mines have changed hands innumerable times on their journey to our PCs and phones. After being dug up in central Africa the minerals travel through a long and snaking chain of suppliers, travelling to Asia and elsewhere to be smelted into metals and then onto... Read More

Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Examined: Considerations for Compliance [Infographic]
Source Intelligence (3BL Media, 2015)
Based on SEC guidance, Source Intelligence has developed a five step process to help companies and their stakeholders comply with Dodd-Frank 1502-Conflict Minerals Rule. Each step of the process is summarized to help guide compliance on conflict minerals (3TG). 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.

Washington, DC: Director of Policy
31 March 2015 | Enough Project and The Sentinel
The Director of Policy will work closely with the Enough Project’s Founding Director to shape Enough’s policy and research agenda, as well as Enough’s strategies to effect change. This position will also work closely with the Founding Director and key staff to oversee and manage the policy and forensic investigative... Read More

Washington, DC: Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa
31 March 2015 | Enough Project and The Sentinel
The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region as well as experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. Read More

Cambodia: WWF Conservation Programme Manager (Deadline: 2015-04-01)
29 March 2015 | World Wildlife Fund
WWF-Cambodia is looking for a qualified and energetic Conservation Programme Managerwhois responsible for the implementation of the Country Conservation Programme and contributing to the Greater Mekong Programme Strategic Plan. He/she will have the chance to lead and provides measurable inputs to ensure the delivery of an challenging and interesting conservation strategy and... Read More

Lebanon: Technical Consultant for the Technical Study and Development of a Renewable Energy Grid Interconnection Code for Lebanon (Deadline: 2015-04-02)
31 March 2015 | UNDP
The interconnection of renewable energy power generation plants with the grid, especially those of large capacity, is not regulated in Lebanon, neither technically nor legally. The objective of the required work is to elaborate binding guidelines and requirements, i.e. Read More

Sierra Leone: SGP Programme Assistant (Deadline: 2015-04-08)
31 March 2015 | Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme
Effective day-to-day substantive, administrative and financial support to the national SGP team and the National Steering Committee to ensure the smooth operation and management of the GEF-SGP (Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme) programme portfolio, timely and efficient response to queries from different grantees and stakeholders, closely monitoring the... Read More

Myanmar: National Program Manager (Deadline: 2015-04-09)
31 March 2015 | UNDP
This UNDP project aims to address climate change risks on water resources and food security in the dry zone of Myanmar. It intends to reduce the risks and effects from the increasingly recurring incidents of drought through improved water management, as well as a crop and livestock adaptation programme in... Read More

United Kingdom: Executive Director (Deadline: 2015-04-16)
31 March 2015 | Global Witness
Global Witness is seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of Global Witness and is responsible for ensuring that the organisation achieves the objectives set out in its strategic plans and in line with its overall vision. Read More

International News

South Sudan/Sudan: Sudan and South Sudan to Exchange Electricity for Oil
29 March 2015 | Radio Tamazuj
South Sudan may supply Sudan with crude oil in exchange for imports of electricity, according to a tentative agreement signed Wednesday. Read More

Turkey: Reconciliation Process Helps Oil Operations in Northern Iraq
27 March 2015 | Daily Sabah
The reconciliation process is permitting Turkey to explore for oil in northern Iraq, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız said yesterday. Turkey's reconciliation process is a government effort launched two years ago to bring an end to the decades-long conflict with the PKK. Read More

Middle East: War in the Middle East is Pushing Vital Water Plants 'Close to the Breaking Point'
25 March 2015 | Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
Fighters are increasingly targeting water and sanitation facilities across the Middle East, exacerbating severe shortages for agriculture and households, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday. Read More

Iraq: Iraq's Oil Exports in February Below Planned, Depriving Nation of Funds to Fight Islamic State
25 March 2015 | Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
Iraq's oil exports for last month were below planned levels, the country's Oil Ministry said Wednesday, depriving the nation of badly needed funds for its battle against the Islamic state group. Read More

Conflict Minerals: U.S. SEC Spent $2.75 Mln on Conflict Mineral Rules, White Says
24 March 2015 | Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has spent about $2.75 million to write, implement and defend itself against legal challenges to its "conflict mineral rules," SEC Chair Mary Jo White revealed this month. Read More

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Sign Agreement on Nile Dam
23 March 2015 | Khalid Abdelaziz, Reuters
Leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a cooperation deal on Monday over a giant Ethiopian hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the river Nile, in a bid to ease tensions over regional water supplies. Read More

Libya: 'New Level of Complexity': Oil Wealth and Libya's Power Struggle
23 March 2015 | Al Bawaba
The battle for Libya's oil wealth has taken on new dimensions as rival governments lay claim to the National Oil Company (NOC), further deepening divisions in the volatile North African nation. Read More

China/South China Sea: China State Media Tells US to Stop ‘Kibitzing’ over South China Sea Dispute
21 March 2015 | Malay Mail Online
Chinese state media turned to Yiddish today in the war of words over territorial disputes, criticising the United States as a “kibitzer” for what it called meddling in the South China Sea issue. A commentary published in English by the official Xinhua news agency was headlined “America the Kibitzer” — which... Read More

Food Security: Report: Conflict, Climate Affect Food Security
19 March 2015 | Joe DeCapua, Voice of America
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director-General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. Read More


The Civilian Health Risks from TNT in Syria’s Barrel Bombs
27 March 2015 | Doug Weir
The TRWP was recently asked to help identify a substance associated with partially detonated barrel bombs in Syria. Syria’s White Helmets, the volunteers who daily risk their lives in the aftermath of attacks, were understandably worried about the potential use of chemical agents by the Assad regime. Read More

Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project
26 March 2015 | Gregory Warner
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is under construction near Assosa, Ethiopia. When it's completed, the dam will have be able to produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, making it the biggest hydroelectric power station in Africa. Read More

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa
26 March 2015 | Darius Mans
If we're going to prevent people from being susceptible to the false promises of extremism, then the international community has to offer something better... We will keep promoting development and growth that is broadly shared, so more people can provide for their families. Read More

WHO Finds That Glyphosate is Probably Carcinogenic – Implications for Plan Colombia
23 March 2015 | Doug Weir
On the 20th March 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the world’s most widely used herbicide Roundup as probably carcinogenic in humans. Roundup is widely used in US supported efforts to destroy poppy and coca fields in Colombia’s long running internal conflict and the... Read More

Commentary: Oil’s Perfect Storm
23 March 2015 | Jim Brooks
No commodity affects global economic landscape like oil, but there are some very important non-economic implications to the oil price swoon. With global oil prices down nearly 50 percent from the average that predominated for the first half of this decade, the macroeconomic implications have been on display – pain for... Read More

Environmental Peacebuilding: Conservation Agreements Reduce People-Park Conflict in Liberia
20 March 2015 | Eduard Niesten
This is the first blog in Human Nature’s “Environmental Peacebuilding” series, which will chronicle CI’s growing role in this emerging field of research.This post focuses on our case study in Liberia. Read More

Putin's Pipeline Predicament
20 March 2015 | Michael Haltzel, Antto Vihma, and Michael Mehling
As Russia and Ukraine approach yet another confrontation over natural gas, the recent demise of Putin's flagship South Stream pipeline casts doubt on his strategic acumen. In December 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised even Gazprom's close business partners by announcing that Russia would abandon the South Stream pipeline project. Read More

Remote Data Team Helped Put Haiti back on the Map
18 March 2015 | Alex Fischer
A piece from the Earth Institute Haiti Dialogue Series: Now in its third year, having hosted more than 20 sessions, the Haiti Dialogue Series hosts forums that bring together Earth Institute researchers and students and key figures of the Haitian diaspora including philanthropic foundations and Haitian policy experts, scholars and government officials... Read More

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