Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 40: 21 Jul 2015


Liz Alden Wily to Deliver Third Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding
21 July 2015 | American University, ELI, and UNEP
American University, ELI, and UNEP are pleased to announce that Liz Alden Wily will deliver the Third Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding. The lecture, entitled, "Communities & the State: Getting the Property Relationship Right for a Safer 21st Century," will be presented on Tuesday, October 6 from 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. Read More

Webinar: The Road to A Comprehensive Conflict Minerals Program in 2015
20 July 2015 | Source Intelligence
It seems like every company that has to file with the SEC or has customers that have to file for Dodd-Frank 1502, Conflict Minerals rule, is talking about three things right now: (1) whether or not it should move to product level reporting, (2) how to improve response rates and... Read More

The Sentry
20 July 2015 | Enough Project
Today the Enough Project is launching The Sentry, an initiative seeking to help dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts. We hope to lend greater support to broader accountability measures as well as provide leverage to peace efforts aimed at ending Africa’s... Read More

Call for Abstracts: Colloquium on African Borders
16 July 2015 | African Union Border Program
The African Union Border Program (AUBP) supported by the GIZ and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) invites contributions to a colloquium on African Borders on 29-30 October 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read More

Training Curriculum and Facilitators
14 July 2015 | Ade Bodunde
The International Center for Community Peace in Nigeria is seeking assistance in developing a curriculum and training program with courses on Environmental Security and Peace, Conflict analysis, Peace, Drug abuse, Counseling, Democratic Culture and Governance, Mediation, Inter-group dialogue, Law and Settlement of Disputes, Ethics and Leadership, Human Rights, Conflict transformation,... Read More


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

Climate Security Roundtable

22 July 2015 | Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.

Please join CNAS for an off-the-record roundtable discussion on climate security. This workshop will address the interplay of water, agriculture, and health in a changing climate. Specifically, speakers will explore how the effects of climate change strain existing systems for water supply and distribution and agricultural cultivation and create new... Read More

AIAG's Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing IV: A Business Case for Reporting

4 August 2015 | Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Southfield, MI

Enough Project staff Annie Callaway and Sasha Lezhnev will join the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) for a briefing that will seek to provide insights on key conflict minerals issues affecting companies. This three-hour event will provide a greater understanding of the situations that drive the automotive industry’s approaches for conducting conflict... Read More

Colloquium on African Borders

29 October 2015 – 30 July 2015 | African Union Border Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The African Union Border Program (AUBP) supported by the GIZ and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) will hold a colloquium on African Borders on 29-30 October 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 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:

An Unfinished Foundation
Ken Conca (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Why is the United Nations not more effective on global environmental challenges? The UN Charter mandates the global organization to seek four noble aspirations: international peace and security, rule of law among nations, human rights for all people, and social progress through development. Read More

Climate Change: A Risk Assessment
David King, Daniel Schrag, Zhou Dadi, Qi Ye, and Arunabha Ghosh (Center for Science and Policy, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2015)
This report, commissioned by the UK Foreign Office, conducts a thorough climate change risk assessment and proposes risk mitigation strategies. The assessment considers three areas: the future pathway of global emissions; the direct risks arising from the climate’s response to those emissions; and the risks arising from the interaction of climate... Read More

China's Shifting Sands in the Spratlys
J. Ashley Roach (American Society of International Law, 2015)
Since 2014 China has been constructing features atop seven coral reefs in the disputed Spratly/Nansha Islands of the South China Sea by dredging sand and coral from existing coral reefs. At last count China's new features total more than 2,000 acres. Read More

Practical Guide: Mines and Communities (abridged version)
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, 2015
The Republic of Guinea holds one-third of the world’s bauxite reserves, significant deposits of gold, diamonds, and some of the world’s most prized iron ore deposits. To help realize the promise that exploiting these minerals will improve the lives of the people of Guinea today and tomorrow, ABA ROLI has... Read More

Guide Pratique: Mines & Communautés
(Practical Guide: Mines & Communities )
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, 2015
La République de Guinée possède 30 % de la réserve mondiale de bauxite, d’importantes réserves d’or et de diamants, ainsi que de dépôts de minerai de fer les plus riches et non-développés du monde. Pour favoriser la réalisation d’un développement humain durable et de meilleures conditions de vie des guinéens... Read More

Ukraine Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment: Analysis of Crisis Impacts and Needs in Eastern Ukraine
European Union, United Nations, and World Bank Group, 2015
The RPA focuses on the areas under the Ukrainian Government’s control in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, as well as the three adjoining oblasts – Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv. The RPA covers immediate recovery, rehabilitation and social cohesion needs, and is designed to be flexible so that its scope and recommendations can be... Read More

Illusionary Transparency? Oil Revenues, Information Disclosure, and Transparency
Jerome J.Y. Ofori and Paivi Lujala (Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 2015)
Experience shows that discovery of valuable natural resources can become a curse rather than a blessing, and transparency has been identified as key to better resource governance because it can limit opportunities for corruption and mismanagement. Read More


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

Director of Policy (Deadline: 2015-07-24)
13 July 2015 | Enough Project
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

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Policy Analyst (Deadline: 2015-07-24)
13 July 2015 | Enough Project
The Policy Analyst for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in Congo, as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. Read More

Cambodia: Conservation Area Manager (Deadline: 2015-07-24)
13 July 2015 | World Wildlife Foundation
The Conservation Area Manager works permanently at EPL office and acts as a project focal point to address land use delineation, law enforcement, and conservation centred eco-tourism related technical matters of the EPL conservation areas (Protected Areas, Protected Forest). Read More

Liberia: Director of Operations and Finance (Deadline: 2015-07-24)
13 July 2015 | Conservation International
CI Liberia is seeking an experienced, dynamic, collaborative and detail-oriented individual to lead our operations program and provide direct financial management to our team in Liberia. Reporting to the Country Director, the Operations and Finance Director will oversee the financial, human resources, and administrative functions for our Liberia program. Read More

Jordan: Syria Response Director (Deadline: 2015-08-15)
13 July 2015 | Norwegian Refugee Council
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal... Read More

International News

Georgia/Russia: Russia in ‘New Land Grab’ in Former Soviet State
19 July 2015 | Associated Press
Hundreds of people are demonstrating outside government headquarters in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, urging authorities to halt talks with Russia in the wake of recent claims that Russia is seizing more Georgian territory. The Saturday demonstration came after Georgia said this week that Russian forces in the breakaway... Read More

Sudan: A Golden New Era for Sudanese Mining
17 July 2015 | The World Folio
Even though informal gold mining has long been an important element in the composition of the Sudanese economy, it is only since the secession of South Sudan in 2011 and the subsequent loss of oil that the Government has really begun to increase its focus on expanding the sector. Read More

Myanmar: Three Years, Zero Landmines Cleared
14 July 2015 | Guy Dinmore, Myanmar Times
Since the Scotland-based HALO Trust started work in Afghanistan in 1988 and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) cleared its first mine in Cambodia in 1992, the two NGOs have cleared and destroyed several million landmines and explosive weapons from conflict zones around the world. Their total haul in Myanmar? Zero. Read More

South Sudan: Oxfam: Rising Water Price in South Sudan Compounds Cholera Outbreak
13 July 2015 | Gabe Joselow, Voice of America
The aid agency Oxfam reports the rising price of water in South Sudan is putting more people at risk from a cholera outbreak. This is just one of the ways the economic impact from an ongoing civil conflict has worsened a humanitarian crisis in the country. Read More

Cambodia: Forest Products Threatened by Land Grabbing and Logging
12 July 2015 | Khmer Times
Farmers in Cambodia who depend on forest products for their livelihood face an uncertain future because of dwindling forests. Traditional harvesting areas for rattan, rattan berries and resin tapping are now occupied by illegal villagers and overwhelmed by the villagers’ indiscriminate logging. Read More

Sudan: Sudan Produces 43 Tons of Gold During the First Half of 2015: Minister
8 July 2015 | Sudan Tribune
The Sudanese minister of minerals, Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri, disclosed that gold production during the first half of this year has reached 43 tons. Al-Karuri, who addressed the ministry of minerals’ advisory board on Tuesday, revealed large increase in minerals production in the regular and traditional sectors during the first... Read More

Liberia: Grand Gedeans in Fear Due to Illegal Crossing Over by the ‘Mossi’ from Ivory Coast
8 July 2015 | Cholo Brooks, Global News Network
A local daily is reporting that concerns are mounting over the insecurity in Grand Gedeh County, as Representative Alex Grant raises the latest alarm of panic among his people due to illegal crossing into Liberia by some alleged Mossi people from neighboring Ivory Coast without consulting authorities. Read More

Climate Security: UN Security Council Meeting on Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Global Security
8 July 2015 | The Center for Climate and Security
On June 30th, 2015, the UN Security Council (UNSC) held an open Arria-formula meeting on the role of climate change as a threat multiplier for global security. The meeting was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Spain and Malaysia. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

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

Do-Gooders, Do No Harm: What Are the Best–and Worst–Ways to Help Those Mired in International Conflicts?
17 July 2015 | Laura Seay and Alex de Waal, Washington Post
In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easier than ever for those who live thousands of miles away from a conflict area to learn about a crisis. When people of good will hear about a crisis, be it the plight of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims, women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the... Read More

Ukraine Conflict – 24 Months of Urgent Environmental Recovery Will Cost $30m
16 July 2015 | Doug Weir
The environmental costs of the ongoing Ukraine conflict are still to be quantified but an EU-UN-World Bank needs assessment has called for US$30m to fund environmental recovery over the next two years. With UNEP still unable to assess or begin restoring the damage on the ground due to insecurity, this... Read More

Reconnecting with Nature in the Shadow of War
11 July 2015 | Rui Pinto
This is the second blog in Human Nature’s series on environmental peacebuilding, which chronicles CI’s growing role in this emerging field of research. Today’s post focuses on our case study in Timor-Leste. Read More

Kingston-Upon-Hull Becomes First UK City to Pass Conflict-Free Resolution
10 July 2015 | Mike Riley
On Thursday 18th June 2015, I was sitting in the council chamber at the Guildhall in Kingston-Upon-Hull, fingers crossed, quite nervous and excited at the same time in eager anticipation of the next item on the council agenda. Read More

Who Owns What in the South China Sea?
9 July 2015 | David A. Welch
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently made the remarkable statement that flexibility on sovereignty over the Spratly Islands would shame China’s ancestors, and that if “the gradual and incremental invasion of China’s sovereignty and encroachment on China’s interests” were allowed to continue, China could not face its children and grandchildren. Read More

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