Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 37: 9 Jun 2015


Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform Expands Listing of Courses, Seeks Additional Courses to Include
8 June 2015 | ELI & UNEP
Three environmental peacebuilding courses by Outward Bound Peacebuilding have been added to the Environmental Peacebuilding Knowledge Platform. They are the "Palestinian and Israeli Emerging Leaders Program" (1 year), "Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding" (10 days), and, "SPI: Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness" (7 days). Read More


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

Book Launch: Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers

10 June 2015 | Center for Global Development, Washington, D.C.

This new book proposes a radical new policy option for countries facing the daunting challenges of natural resource windfalls: citizen dividends. Authors Todd Moss, Caroline Lambert, and Stephanie Majerowicz make the case for every citizen to receive a share of their nation’s resource wealth through a regular, universal, and rules-based... Read More

Transatlantic Climate Security Dialogue

16 June 2015 | Global Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium

This event will bring together around 30 high level experts from the climate, security and foreign policy community. The security and defense community has long understood how climate change can be a driver of conflict. However, EU action on integrating this into security and foreign policy has been a challenge... Read More

Climate Security: The Next 'Battle Ground'?

17 June 2015 | Atlantic Council and the EU, Washington, DC

As the international community heads to COP21 in Paris this December, much of the public discourse focuses on the relationship between climate and the environment. Equally important, however, are the ways countries address the global security threats that arise from climate change. Read More

Investing in Stability: Can Extractive Sector Development Help Build Peace?

19 June 2015 | Chatham House, London, UK

This event coincides with the launch of a new Chatham House research paper entitled, "Investing in Stability: Can Extractive Sector Development Help Build Peace?" The paper explores the impact of resource development in fragile conflict and post-conflict situations. At this event, the authors will present the key findings of the paper. Read More


In the last two weeks, 25 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley
EcoPeace Middle East, Global Nature Fund, and Stockholm International Water Institute, 2015
The overall objective of this master plan is to promote peace, prosperity and security in the Jordan Valley and the adjacent regions. All three governments, Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian have shown considerable leadership to date in advancing sanitation solutions and in their master planning efforts. Read More

Un processus participatif pour réduire les conflits fonciers au Senegal
(A Participatory Process to Reduce Land Conflicts in Senegal)
International Institute for Environment and Development, 2014
Des communautés rurales ont participé à la vulgarisation des ‘Plans d’occupation et d’affectation des sols’ (POAS) au niveau local dans le bassin de l’Anambé au Sénégal. Cette démarche a nettement réduit le nombre de conflits fonciers dans la région et pourrait être reproduite ailleurs. Read More

Human Rights and Resource Conflicts in the Amazon
Torkjell Leira (Rainforest Foundation Norway, 2015)
This report investigates an alarming increase in human rights violations in the Amazon region. Human rights defenders, environmental activists and indigenous peoples are facing attacks and are being put under systematic pressure, and rights to land and to consultation are regularly encroached. Read More

Local Conflicts and Natural Resources: A Balancing Act for Latin American Governments
Lisa Viscidi and Jason Fargo (Inter-American Dialogue, 2015)
This Inter-American Dialogue report examines the reasons behind clashes over energy and extractive industries projects, analyzes the challenges for governments seeking to balance investment needs with local communities’ grievances and offers recommendations to reduce conflicts in four Latin American countries – Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile. Read More

Transboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate
Anton Earle, Ana Elisa Cascao, Stina Hansson, Anders Jägerskog, Ashok Swain, and Joakim Öjendal (Routledge, 2015)
Climate change has an impact on the ability of transboundary water management institutions to deliver on their respective mandates. The starting point for this book is that actors within transboundary water management institutions develop responses to the climate change debate seperately from the physical phenomenon of climate change. Read More

Contested Development in Nepal: Experiences and Reflections
Sagar Raj Sharma, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Prabin Manandhar, and Mahendra Sapkota (Kathmandu University and Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, 2014)
Emerging from a decade long violent conflict, Nepal is at a crossroads where it is faced with some major tasks to accomplish in the near future – drafting a new constitution, addressing its democratic deficit and institutionalizing democracy, concluding the peace process, and paving the path for socio-economic development of the... Read More

Environmental Conflicts Management in Rwanda: The Role of Decentralization
Peter J. Mugume (University of Gothenburg, 2015)
This thesis concerns the management of environmental conflicts in post-genocide Rwanda through decentralization. The study advances knowledge in the field of peace and development. The thesis contributes an exploration of whether and how decentralization promotes the management of environmental conflicts. Read More

Mining in Sierra Leone: An Overview of the Current Legal Framework
Yann Alix (Herbert Smith Freehills, 2015)
Sierra Leone is a resource-rich country, unfortunately known for its 'conflict' or 'blood' diamonds used by the rebellion during the 1991-2002 civil war. However, its fertile soil also contains iron ore, rutile, bauxite and gold and its mining sector was relatively advanced and mechanised before industrial large-scale mining ceased in... Read More

Seed Governance: From Seed Aid to Seed System Security in Fragile Areas
Edith Boekraad (Cordaid, 2014)
Intergovernmental agencies and development organizations, including Cordaid, consider interventions directed at seed security of utmost importance to support smallholders recovering from conflict situations and disasters, and to contribute to revitalisation of local agricultural production and food security. Read More

A Land Title is Not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia
Amnesty International, 2014
The violent struggle to control territory for economic, military and political reasons, coupled with high levels of rural poverty and the high concentration of land ownership among relatively few owners, has been one of the root causes of Colombia’s 50 year-old internal armed conflict. Read More


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

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

Ethiopia: Thematic Director, Crop Productivity and Enhancement (Deadline: 2015-06-16)
2 June 2015 | Sasakawa Africa Association
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 Management; the Managing... Read More

Cambodia: Conservation Program Manager (Deadline: 2015-06-19)
2 June 2015 | World Wildlife Fund
WWF-Cambodia is looking for a qualified and energetic Conservation Programme Manager who is 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

Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi: Africa Government Officer (Deadline: 2015-06-22)
17 June 2015 | One Acre Fund
One Acre Fund is increasingly exploring opportunities to work together with the Ministries of Agriculture in the countries where we work. There exist very powerful opportunities to partner with the Ministries to both shape policy, but more importantly to implement effective policy, coordinated together with our significant field presence. Read More

Nepal: Country Representative (Deadline: 2015-06-30)
2 June 2015 | International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN is seeking applications from qualified individuals to recruit a dynamic and self-motivated professional for a Country Representative post in IUCN Nepal Country Office. The Country Representative is the head of IUCN’s operations in Nepal under the agreement between IUCN and the Government of Nepal, and has the overall responsibility of... Read More

Africa/Asia: Researcher on Women and Land (Deadline: 2015-06-30)
2 June 2015 | Human Rights Watch
The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Researcher on Women and Land. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on the impacts of large-scale international land acquisitions on women’s human rights in... Read More

International News

Iraq: Iraq to Form Special 'Oil Army' to Fend off ISIL Threat
8 June 2015 | Andrew Critchlow, The Telegraph
Iraq is mobilising a 27,000 strong army of security personnel to protect its oil and energy facilities from attacks by Islamic State insurgents. Adel Abdel Mahdi, Iraq's oil minister, gave details of the new force at the end of the meetings of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Read More

Cote d'Ivoire/Liberia: Land Conflict Still Brewing at Liberia/Ivorian Border: Fear Mounts
5 June 2015 | Cholo Brooks, GNN Liberia
Continued land disputes between Liberia and Ivory Coast are still ongoing as Liberians in some towns in Grand Gedeh County say Ivorians are encroaching on Liberian soil on a daily basis. They are planting cocoa and other crops, giving rise to a situation that they said is creating fear amongst... Read More

Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste Presses Ahead with Challenge to Timor Sea Oil and Gas Treaty
5 June 2015 | Daniel Hurst, The Guardian
Timor-Leste is set to resume a formal challenge against an oil and gas treaty that became mired in controversy following claims Australia bugged the cabinet room in Dili to gain the upper hand in negotiations. But the government of Timor-Leste has decided to withdraw an International Court of Justice case... Read More

Iraq: IS Reduces Water Supply to Government Areas in Iraq’s Anbar
4 June 2015 | Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press
Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water flowing to government-held areas in Iraq’s western Anbar province, officials said Thursday, a move that highlights the use of water as a weapon of war and puts more pressure on Iraqi forces struggling to claw back ground held by the extremists... Read More

South Sudan: Meet the South Sudanese Farmers Who Want to Feed Their War-Torn Nation
1 June 2015 | Charlotte Alfred, Huffington Post
Pineapple farmer Marko Bagayowya has big plans. He wants to build a juice factory and sell South Sudan-made drinks. He wants to leave his four children an inheritance, something his own father was unable to do. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Erbil Warns Baghdad It May Sell Oil 'On Its Own'
31 May 2015 | Middle East Monitor
The regional government in Erbil has the right to sell its own oil if Baghdad does not uphold its part of an oil agreement, the Iraqi Kurdish administration's parliament speaker said Saturday. Speaker Yusif Muhammad Sadiq said that the Kurdish administration had alternatives if the central government continued not dispersing... Read More

China/South China Sea: China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea
31 May 2015 | Edward Wong, New York Times
A Chinese admiral said Sunday that Beijing could set up an air defense zone above disputed areas of the South China Sea if it thought it was facing a large enough threat, according to Chinese news media. Read More

Iraq: OPEC under Siege as ISIL Threatens World's Oil Lifeline
30 May 2015 | Andrew Critchlow, The Telegraph
Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the... Read More

Liberia: Protesters Invade Liberia Palm Oil Plantation, Injure Official
28 May 2015 | Reuters
Armed protesters entered a palm oil plantation in southeastern Liberia, taking several people hostage and injuring a senior government official, police officials and the company that owns the project said on Wednesday. The violent demonstrations first broke out on Tuesday at a plantation in Sinoe County run by Golden Veroleum... Read More

Sudan: Sudan Orders Chinese Gold Miners to Stop Digging Immediately
27 May 2015 | Want China Times
The government of Sudan has stunned Chinese investors in gold mining in the country by ordering them to stop extraction operations within 24 hours or face arrest. As a result, most Chinese gold extracting enterprises have stopped production, while others have hired local contractors to keep their factories running. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 5 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website.

Oil and Sustainable Peace in South Sudan
5 June 2015 | Gurtong
Shortly after independence, the National Legislative Assembly enacted two important pieces of legislation: Petroleum Act (2012) and Petroleum Revenue Management Act (2013). These two laws are widely considered to represent good industry practice. If fully implemented, the laws could set the foundation for a vibrant and sustainable petroleum sector. Read More

Revealed: How America Could Stop China in the South China Sea
5 June 2015 | Robert A. Newson and Lauren Dickey
Beijing’s release of its new military strategy has surely captured the attention of many. Now, more than ever before, the Chinese military has made clear its intentions to develop maritime capabilities that will enable Beijing to assert claims to sovereignty in the South China Sea and project military reach far beyond their... Read More

The Danger of False Narratives: Al-Shabaab’s Faux Ivory Trade
5 June 2015 | John Campbell
Elephants are being slaughtered and their tusks sold, in order to finance deadly attacks by Somalia’s terrorist group al-Shabaab. This narrative linking poaching and al-Shabaab financing has been widely touted. It hit the international spotlight thanks to high profile attention from U.S. congressmen, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read More

Companies Mark Major Benchmark, Support a Conflict-Free Minerals Trade in Congo
1 June 2015 | Annie Callaway
Today marks the deadline for publicly traded companies in the United States to disclose the potential presence of conflict minerals in their supply chains, and what they’re doing about it. In a recent statement, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Sakharov Prize winner Doctor Denis Mukwege said of the issue, "A conflict-free minerals industry... Read More

Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Could Change OPEC's Entire Strategy
1 June 2015 | Elena Holodny
OPEC's hands-off policy in the oil market is expected to continue after the cartel meets in Vienna on June 5. This policy includes an aggressive pace of oil production despite extremely volatile oil prices. However, if prices once again move significantly lower and look like they'll stay there all the way into 2016,... Read More

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