Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 36: 26 May 2015


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

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

A Discussion with Oli Brown, UNEP Sub-Programme Coordinator for Disasters and Conflicts, Regarding UNEP Programming and Strategy on Environment, Conflict, and Disasters

5 June 2015 | ELI, American University, and UNEP, Washington, DC

The Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group is pleased to announce the upcoming event, "A Discussion with Oli Brown, UNEP Sub-Programme Coordinator for Disasters and Conflicts, Regarding UNEP Programming and Strategy on Environment, Conflict, and Disasters," that will take place on June 5, 2015 from 3:00PM-5:00PM. 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

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

UNE Peace Studies Conference 2015

26 August 2015 – 28 August 2015 | University of New England, Parramatta NSW, Australia

The conference invites supporting and opposing papers on defining peacebuilding, with a focus on environmental peace. Yet, the conference also questions whether peacebuilding, or 'peace infrastructure', as a concept, term and plan for implementation, is any different to previous, much-maligned concepts of 'tick-box peacebuilding' that prefers bureaucratic and economic 'solutions'... Read More

Wildlife Forum

7 September 2015 – 11 September 2015 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Durban, South Africa

The 1st Wildlife Forum will focus on human-wildlife conflict, illegal/unsustainable hunting, wildlife, food security, and livelihoods. The Forum is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, a voluntary partnership of 13 international organizations with substantive mandates and programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources. Read More

Annual Research Conference: “Rethinking Peace, Security and Development in Contemporary Africa”

6 November 2015 | University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

Dubbed as the year of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, 2013 saw many African countries celebrate their 50th anniversary of independence. Looking at its past, present and future developments, an air of optimism and determination has indeed pervaded the continent. Read More


In the last two weeks, 30 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update November 2014
FEWS NET (Famine Early Warning System Network), 2014
Badghis Province had below-average 2014 production of wheat and other crops and will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) at least through March. Some households with fewer livestock and other assets may enter Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from January to March 2015, as some coping strategies become unavailable.   Read More

Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation
USAID, 2014
Only 27 percent of rural-based Afghans have access to clean drinking water and fewer to safe sanitation (Source: MRRD, Jan. 2010). SWSS is a services delivery tool of the government and Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) whose designs, installation and sustainable training of system operators together with hygiene promotion lead to... Read More

Accessing and Using Climate Data and Information in Fragile, Data-Poor States
Simon Mason, Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Pietro Ceccato, and Alec Crawford (International Institute for Sustainable Development, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, 2015)
This report provides peacebuilding practitioners with guidance for accessing and using climate data and information in fragile contexts. It describes some of the challenges to generating, accessing and understanding climate information in contexts of state fragility. Read More

Conflict Translates Environmental and Social Risk into Business Costs
Daniel Franks, Saleem Ali, and Deanna Kemp (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014)
Sustainability science has grown as a field of inquiry, but has said little about the role of large-scale private sector actors in socioecological systems change. However, the shaping of global trends and transitions depends greatly on the private sector and its development impact. Read More

Environmental Risks Associated with Developing Oil Sands in Southwestern Nigeria
Murtala Chindo (Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 2015)
Nigeria is in the advanced development stages of extracting its oil sands resources to boost national revenue and economic prosperity, like other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including the Republic of Congo and Madagascar. Compared to resource-rich developed countries like Canada and America, the consequences of oil sands extraction is likely... Read More

Conflict Induced Migration and its Impact on Land Resources in Plateau State, Nigeria
Elijah A. Akintunde and Ruth A. Jambol (Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 2014)
The study assessed the Impact of conflict induced migration on the environment in Plateau State, Nigeria, through a combination of both the Geographic Information System and the SPSS to analyze the satellite images and the population data for the internally displaced persons in the area. Read More

Environmental Degradation, Militancy/Kidnapping and Oil Theft in Helon Habila’s Oil in Water
E. D. Simon, J. E. Akung, and B U. Bassey (Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 2014)
The degradation of the Niger Delta environment through pollution has constituted challenges and concern for the people of the oil rich region. The ecosystem has completely been violated and destroyed. The destruction of the flora and fauna without clean – ups or compensation paid to host communities have resulted in... Read More

The Cost of Conflict in the Extractive Sector [Infographic]
Center for Social Responsibility in Mining, 2014
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland (UQ), and the Harvard Kennedy School have published new research that has uncovered the true scale of the costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities. Read More


Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

Iraq: GIS Officer (Deadline: 2015-05-31)
17 May 2015 | ACTED
ACTED began work in Iraq in 2003. ACTED has one base in southern Iraq in Kut and in 2007 opened a base in Erbil to better respond to IDP needs in the Kurdistan region. ACTED originally focused on improving the health, water and sanitation conditions of vulnerable populations in southern... Read More

Rwanda: Chief of Party II - Rwanda Multi-Sectoral Nutritional Program (Deadline: 2015-06-05)
17 May 2015 | Catholic Relief Services
About CRS:Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths... Read More

Democratic Republic of the Congo: General Manager (Deadline: 2015-06-12)
17 May 2015 | Esco Kivu
Established in 1970, Esco Kivu came out of the coffee exporting business and now strives to be the bridge between smallholder farmers and the export markets for good quality cocoa, cinchona, and vanilla from Eastern DRC. Read More

Bahrain/Switzerland (2 jobs): Humanitarian Affairs Officer, P3 (Deadline: 2015-07-20)
26 May 2015 | UNEP
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. Read More

International News

Chad/Cameroon/Nigeria: Boko Haram Surrounds Havens with Land Mines
25 May 2015 | Sierra Leone Times
Chad and Cameroon say huge numbers of land mines planted by Boko Haram fighters along Cameroon's border with Nigeria are a danger to people, livestock and soldiers. The two countries have deployed specialized units of their military to detect and destroy the mines. Read More

Mali: Mali Government Promises to Tackle Land Grabbing
22 May 2015 | Spy Ghana
Mali’s Minister of State Domains and Land Affairs Me Mohamed Ali Bathily has said his ministry will launch a merciless war against land grabbers and those who engage in land speculation. After a recent cancellation of fifty title deeds, the minister has now redirected his focus to communes in Bamako and... Read More

South Sudan/Sudan: As Fighting Escalates, South Sudan Alleges Khartoum Hand in Rebel Offensive to Take Oil Hub
22 May 2015 | Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting. The recent defection in South Sudan's Upper Nile state of a key general to the rebel side was likely tied to incentives... Read More

Iraq/Iran: US Officials Say Iran is Firing Artillery in Support of Iraq's Fight for Beiji Oil Refinery
22 May 2015 | Robert Burns, Associated Press
Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops — including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons — in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday. Two U.S. Read More

DRC: Brandeis University Goes Conflict-Free
21 May 2015 | Enough Project
Student activists are celebrating the announcement from Brandeis University of a new policy to ensure computers and other electronic equipment they purchase are not connected to killing, child abductions, and sexual violence in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read More

DRC: European Parliament Votes for Tougher Measures on Conflict Minerals
21 May 2015 | The Guardian
European gold, tantalum (the material that makes mobile phones vibrate), tungsten and tin imports from conflict zones will be subjected to tougher surveillance procedures under a new regulation adopted by the European parliament on Wednesday. MEPs in Strasbourg voted to enforce an obligatory monitoring system for the whole supply chain... Read More

DRC: First Copper from Congo-China Deal Due by Year End - Government
21 May 2015 | Aaron Ross, Reuters
A joint venture between Democratic Republic of Congo's state miner and two Chinese companies, signed under a 2009 "minerals for infrastructure" deal, will begin producing copper before the end of 2015, Congo's government said on Thursday. Read More

Nigeria: Youth and Civil Society Groups Protest against Governor Uduaghan over Embezzlement and Land Grabbing
20 May 2015 | Sahara Reporters
More than 2,000 youth and community activists took to the streets in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, to protest the corrupt actions of Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. Youth and activists from the Delta State Youth for Good Governance (YFGG) the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, and Anioma youth accused... Read More

United States: Obama: Climate Change Poses Risk to US Military, National Security
20 May 2015 | Roberta Rampton, Reuters
May 20 Rising seas, thawing permafrost and longer wildfires caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama is set to say on Wednesday. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: If Baghdad Won't Be Responsive, KRG Will Sell Oil Independently
18 May 2015 | The Kurdish Globe
The KRG delegation held a meeting with the parliamentary groups and relevant committees to discuss the latest developments in the implementation of the agreement reached last December between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq on budgetary and oil export issues. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 6 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. The following is a sampling:

High Stakes for Australia in Limiting China's South China Sea Incursions
22 May 2015 | Bonnie Glaser
Rising tensions in the South China Sea are not simply driven by disputes over reefs, hydrocarbon resources and fisheries. China is seeking to exercise greater control over the waters and airspace in ways that pose threats to all nations that have interests in preserving freedom of navigation, international law and... Read More

Obama Highlights Long-Term Climate Security Threats, Releases Review of Federal Resources
20 May 2015 | Schuyler Null
In a commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today, President Obama said “climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country.” Read More

European Parliament Must Seize its Chance to Stop Trade in Conflict Minerals
19 May 2015
On 20 May, the European parliament will vote on a proposed regulation to tackle the trade in conflict minerals. The trade in tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) is fuelling conflict which has had devastating consequences for people in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Colombia. Read More

Cooperation Is Not Enough: Why We Need to Think Differently About Water
19 May 2015 | Naho Mirumachi
In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2005 to 2015 to be the decade of “water for life” as a way to encourage countries to reach their water-related targets under the Millennium Development Goals. In summing up the last 10 years, it was noted that water cooperation had been promoted widely, featuring... Read More

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