Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 35: 12 May 2015


Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform Launches New Infographics Section, Seeks Suggestions
11 May 2015 | ELI and UNEP
The Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform has expanded its Library to include infographics on environmental peacebuilding. This section showcases infographics made in collaboration with students from Dickinson College, as well as from other sources. We value your input! If you have seen other instructive infographics on environmental peacebuilding, please submit your... Read More

Commonwealth Professional Fellowship
7 May 2015 | The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University, England
The CTPSR has launched a six week ‘Improving Natural Resource Governance through Citizen Engagement’ fellowship programme (planned for mid-September to end-October 2015) for civil society actors in Commonwealth African countries as follows: Read More


For more upcoming events on environmental peacebuilding, please visit our online calendar of events.

Book Launch: Addressing the Intentional Destruction of the Environment during Warfare under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, by Steven Freeland

20 May 2015 | Peace Palace Library, The Hague, Netherlands

The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF), a joint initiative of the Institute for Environmental Security and TMC Asser Institute, would like to invite you for the launch of Professor Steven Freeland’s new book entitled “Addressing the Intentional Destruction of the Environment during Warfare under the Rome Statute of the International... 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

Supply Chain Sustainability: Emerging Trends and Opportunities for Action

2 June 2015 | Business for Social Responsibility, Detroit, MI

From conflict minerals and leather to electronics and beyond, what are the significant sustainability issues in the commodities and components used in automotive and other industrial supply chains? The conference will also focus on how new global standards on business and human rights apply to company supply chains. Read More

Iraq Petroleum 2015 Conference

8 June 2015 – 10 June 2015 | CWC Group, London, UK

Creating more prosperity for the country than any other industry, Iraq’s oil & gas sector is internationally recognised as a global leader. The 9th annual Iraq Petroleum Gathering is the only international strategic gathering discussing the most topical issues surrounding the Iraqi oil & gas industry. Read More

Reframing the Arctic: Cooperation, Not Conflict Workshop Prospectus and Call for Abstracts

6 July 2015 – 7 July 2015 | Institute for Environmental Security and Diplomacy, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

The two-day conference will address current areas where conflict is frequently presumed to exist in the polar regions: energy, sovereignty, securitization, and human rights, and will dissect the reality of policy development in each area versus perceived or media-driven frames. Read More

Meeting of Experts on the Formulation of Water Policies in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

14 July 2015 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago, Chile

This meeting of experts, organized by the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will take place in Santiago, Chile, on 14 July 2015. The working language will be Spanish, without simultaneous translation.  Read More

Education for Urban Renewal toward Social and Ecological Justice: Peace Education in an Era of Globalization

26 July 2015 – 2 August 2015 | International Institute on Peace Education and the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

Peace education has an important role to play in addressing issues of urban decline and the interconnected dilemmas of poverty, violence, health, and environmental degradation in an era of unprecedented economic globalization. The IIPE provides a constructive process model and interactive space through which these issues will be explored and... Read More


In the last two weeks, 31 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

From Armed Conflict to Disaster Vulnerability
Marcus Marktanner, Edward Mienie, and Luc Noiset (Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 2015)
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Military Expenditures and Natural Resources: Evidence from Rentier States in the Middle East and North Africa
Hamid E. Ali and Omnia A. Abdellatif (Defence and Peace Economics, 2015)
It has been argued that the discovery of a new natural resource greatly increases the risk of conflict. This research aims to study the effect of natural resources on military spending, using the data from rentier states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries from 1987 to 2012. Read More

Post-Conflict Environmental Assessments [Infographic]
ELI and UNEP (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, 2015)
The purpose of assessments are to help facilitate the peacebuilding process by identifying early on the impacts, risks, and opportunities in a post-conflict area. Choosing a context appropriate type of assessment is a crucial element to the overall. Outlined in the infographic are the different components involved in assessments. Read More

Land Use Evolution and Management under Recurrent Conflict Conditions: Umbundu Agroforestry System in the Angolan Highlands
Cristobal Delgado-Matas, Blas Mola-Yudego, David Gritten, David Kiala-Kalusinga, and Timo Pukkala (Land Use Policy, 2014)
The article analyzes the effects of long term armed conflicts on the characteristics and evolution of traditional land uses. The main focus is on the Umbundu agroforestry system, an endogenous and dynamic traditional African land use in the Angolan Central Highlands, an area that has experienced numerous conflicts during the... Read More

Natural Resources and Conflicts: Theoretical Flaws and Empirical Evidence from Northern Kenya
Ton Dietz, Wario Roba Adano, and Karen Witsenburg (African Environmental Review, 2015)
The Horn of Africa is viewed as a battleground of violent conflicts which are prompted by growing resource scarcity with population increase. Such conflicts are argued to be particularly violent in poor regions where many ethnic groups have to compete for scarce natural resources and where people hardly have the... Read More

Peacebuilding, Women, and Land Rights [Infographic]
ELI and UNEP (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, 2015)
This infographic utilizes a pyramid shape to highlight the process of reforming land rights for women. Many post-conflict societies have a higher proportion of female-headed households due to the loss of mainly males in combat. This shifting power structure can help women attain land rights and other forms of land... Read More

Transboundary Waters and Peacebuilding [Infographic]
ELI and UNEP (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, 2015)
This infographic delves into the peace-keeping abilities of transboundary waters, highlighting which countries are conflict-affected and share a water basin and then illustrating the mechanisms by which peace can be worked towards. It aims to get away from the notion of conflict and instead show the peacekeeping capacities of transboundary... Read More

From Vicious to Virtuous Cycles
Jon Barnett (Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, 2015)
This perspective is an abridged version of the speech given for the second Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding. The Al-Moumin lecture series is part of a broader effort by ELI, UNEP, AU, and other institutions to foster analysis and dialogue regarding the connections between conflict, peace, and the environment. Read More

The Anatomy of the Resource Curse: Predatory Investment in Africa's Extractive Industries
J.R. Mailey (The Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2015)
With more than 20 countries possessing bountiful oil and mineral deposits, Africa is home to more resource-rich states than any other region in the world. Yet, living conditions for most citizens remain dismal as a result of inequitable distribution of resource revenues. Read More

Water Security in Himalayan Asia: First Stirrings of Regional Cooperation?
Bjørn-Oliver Magsig (Water International, 2015)
The challenges of freshwater cooperation and the links between the global policy agenda and national water management are more obvious and easier to spell out at a regional level than in the global arena. By analysing how the existing regional regime within Himalayan Asia contributes to the development of international... Read More

A Perfect Storm: The Causes and Consequences of Severe Water Scarcity, Institutional Breakdown and Conflict in Yemen
Matthew I. Weiss (Water International, 2015)
Yemen faces a dire water availability crisis, with groundwater being extracted at four times the rate of natural recharge and the capital, Sana’a, at risk of running out of water altogether. Yemen’s capacity to adapt to water scarcity has been undermined by misrule, weak institutions and patronage-driven politics that have... Read More


In the last two weeks, 4 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: Ceramics Consultant (Deadline: 2015-05-14)
12 May 2015 | Turquoise Mountain Foundation
In order to raise Afghan ceramics to export quality, and generate sustainable jobs in the Afghan ceramics sector, it is necessary to have an international ceramics expert who is able to tackle the technical challenges Afghanistan’s potters face, while also establishing professional procedures and project management systems in order to... Read More

Colombia: Senior Political Adviser of Food Systems (Deadline: 2015-05-19)
12 May 2015 | Oxfam Colombia
Objetivo del puesto: Brindar entrega y liderazgo estratégico, en coordinación con las aliados/socios nacionales e internacionales, que influyen en las estrategias de incidencia para apoyar objetivos de cambio regional en LAC y nacional, relacionado con sistemas alimentarios sostenibles y justos. Read More

Rwanda: Project Manager (Deadline: 2015-05-20)
12 May 2015 | Welthungerhilfe
The Project Manager’s key responsibilities include day to day coordination & management of a marshland development project, field office coordination, project team coordination, to ensure full project implementation as per the approved project documents & studies, to ensure timely & regular project progress reporting for the donor and project stakeholders,... Read More

Sierra Leone: Project Manager (Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries) (Deadline: 2015-06-08)
12 May 2015 | WorldFish
Leading a project team, the incumbent will be expected to support the planning, implementation and monitoring and review of an aquaculture and inland fisheries research and development initiative in Sierra Leone, in collaboration with a range of partners including government, civil society organizations and national partners, together with international CGIAR... Read More

International News

Islamic State: How IS Uses Water as a Weapon of War
11 May 2015 | Walaa Hussein, Al-Monitor
The Middle East is facing a water crisis. As the region experiences conflicts over water and faces the continuous risk of war breaking out, experts on water predict that the Islamic State (IS) aims to exacerbate this water crisis, as evidenced by its efforts to seize rivers and dams in Syria and Iraq, starting in 2013. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Oil Row Boils Over as Baghdad ‘Refuses’ KRG’s Full Share
8 May 2015 | Rudaw
Iraq’s central government has refused to send the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s share of oil revenue for the month of April which were previously agreed to, sources told Rudaw on Thursday. “Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi will not approve a payment which equals the total amount of oil sold by... Read More

Nigeria: Bill to End Fulani, Farmers’ Conflict Scales Second Reading
7 May 2015 | Sylvester Ugwuanyi, Daily Post
A bill seeking to bring an end to the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers which had resulted into loss of lives and property across the country has scaled through second reading on the floor of the Senate. Read More

DRC: Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Next Emerging Economy?
7 May 2015 | Djenabou Cisse, Global Risk Insights
With positive macroeconomic indicators, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is aspiring to be an emerging country by 2030. To achieve this goal, the country appears to be more willing to implement significant reforms. During his last visit to the DRC in March 2015, IMF deputy managing director David Lipton... Read More

India: Politicians, Bureaucrats Involved in Forest Land Grabbing, Smuggling: Minister
4 May 2015 | Kashmir Life
In a bid to put lid over the grabbing of forest land and timber smuggling in Jammu and Kashmir, government Monday said that big names have so far come to fore who are involved in the plunder of the green gold. Read More

Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste Welcomes Australia's Return of Spying Documents Seized by Asio
3 May 2015 | Daniel Hurst, The Guardian
The Timor-Leste government has praised a decision by the Australian government to return documents about past spying that were at the centre of raids by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) in 2013. But Timor-Leste said there had still been a lack of progress on resolving a dispute between the... Read More

Myanmar: Moving the Earth: Women Take On Land Aggressors
3 May 2015 | Sonya Carassik Ratty, Democratic Voice of Burma
From the platinum reserves in eastern Shan State to the Shwe gas pipeline in south-western Arakan, much of Burma’s wealth lies in the earth. As forced resettlements and farmland seizures continue to form the foundations of the country’s economic transformation, women consistently outnumber men on the front lines of Burma’s... Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan Seeks to Generate Non-Oil Revenues through Economic Diversification
3 May 2015 | Sudan Tribune
South Sudanese government said its economy needed urgent diversification to wean it from depending on oil in long term response to the economic crisis, urging its citizens and other stakeholders in the society, including businesses, to embrace farming in all their undertakings. Read More

Cote d’Ivoire/Liberia: Trouble at Liberia/Ivorian Border, Land Encroachment by Ivorians Gives Rise to Serious Conflict between Both Countries
1 May 2015 | Cholo Brooks, Global News Network
Report from Liberia/Ivorians border speaks of serious conflict between citizens of both Countries following report that the citizens of Ivory Coast have resolved to encroach on the land of Liberia, planting food crops, and constructing dwelling homes on the soil of Liberia. Read More

China/Philippines/Vietnam/South China Sea: China Fires Back at South China Sea Claimants with Reclamation Accusations
29 April 2015 | Reuters
After facing weeks of criticism about its reclamation work on disputed islands in the South China Sea, China on Wednesday turned the tables on Vietnam, the Philippines and others by accusing them of carrying out their own illegal building work. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 7 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. The following is a sampling:

Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources
6 May 2015 | Alex Fischer
The g7+ countries (a voluntary grouping of 20 states affected by fragility) have recognized that one of the first step towards addressing the challenges identified in natural resource management and sustaining development pathways is to have sufficient, reliable and accessible information on the location of extractive resources, the main concession boundaries and licensees,... Read More

Oil, Gold, Etc., Invite Investors, and Yes, Corruption & Inequality
5 May 2015 | J. Yanqui Zaza
Diamonds, gold, etc., resources needed for prosperity, are in abundance in Liberia, specifically, and in general, in Africa. Investors, invited or not, are in every country in Africa. Also, the “dividend trickle-down” economic system, propagated as the weapon to defeat corruption and inefficiency, is embraced by many Africans. Read More

Environmental Peacebuilding in the South China Sea
1 May 2015 | Ryan Stoa
In recent years the South China Sea has become a fiercely contested region.  China's rise as a regional and global superpower has emboldened an aggressive strategy to claim a larger share of the sea than would otherwise be allowed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Read More

Amid Katmandu's Earthquake Wreckage, Hints of a Shift to Safer Construction
1 May 2015 | Andrew C. Revkin
In the world’s crowded earthquake zones, fromthe Himalayas to the Pacific Northwest, every community faces enormous challenges in designing for inevitable, but unpredictable jolts. This challenge is particularly acute in poor or poorly governed places. And Nepal is both, as Ilan Kelman, an expert on risk and resilience at University College London, made... Read More

Is the Rubber Industry Dragging Its Heels on Sustainability?
1 May 2015 | Megan Macinnes
Our recent Guns, Cronies and Crops exposé revealed the human toll of the rubber industry in Myanmar, where companies colluded with the former military junta to seize vast tracts of land from farming communities. Two years previously we showed how citizens in Cambodia and Laos had also lost land to the rubber plantations, with devastating... Read More

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