Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 2: 5 Feb 2014


Call for Abstract and Research Proposals on Government Development Strategies in the Pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa
3 February 2014 | Institute for Peace and Security Studies

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) is calling for Abstracts on Government Development Strategies in the Pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa: lessons learned. The research findings and proposals will largely focus on analyzing government policy and implementation of strategies with solid evidence in pastoralist areas of Africa. (Deadline: February 28, 2014).

New online training - UN and EU partner in a training toolkit for preventing land and natural resources conflict
27 January 2014 | European Union and United Nations Development Programme

The EU-UN Partnership on Land and Natural Resource Conflicts has issued practical guidance notes and training materials on land and conflict, extractives and conflict, renewable resources and conflict, capacity-building for natural resources and conflict prevention in resource rich economies. They are available via the new EU-UN website.

Toxic Remnants of War Project: New civil society initiative on conflict and the environment
27 January 2014 | Toxic Remnants of War

The Toxic Remnants of War Project is founding a new network which will call on states and other actors to improve policies and procedures for addressing the consequences of environmental harm generated by conflict, and strengthen obligations governing responsibility, assistance and cooperation.

DFID-ESRC China and Africa Research Programme Grant
23 January 2014 | Economic and Social Research Council

The Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council announce a research grant program focused on the comparative economic development impact of China's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. (Deadline: March 13, 2014).

Social Media Launch

Environmental Peacebuilding is now on Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn . We invite you to like us, follow us, and join in the discussion on natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding. We will be using all three platforms to share jobs, news, and other announcements as they are posted to the knowledge platform.


UNEP: Disasters & Conflicts Programme - Communications Assistant Internship
3 February 2014 | UNEP Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB)

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communications Advisor, the communication internship program supports the implementation of the communications strategies for UNEP's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch with partners, media and the public. (Deadline February 14, 2014).

Book Launch: Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
21 March 2014 | ELI & UNEP, Washington, DC.

Location to be announced--please check back for details.

Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference
21 May 2014 | Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington, DC

The Annual Conference provides a platform to discuss pressing issues in the field and develop collaborative initiatives. One of the themes of the conference explores how the private sector operates in chaotic conflict environments, how corporations consider their roles as peacebuilders, and how the private sector can serve as a positive force in building peace. Organizers encourage a broad range of experts to participate in the event, including practitioners on natural resources and peacebuilding.

UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP
23 June 2014 | United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

The UNEA is mandated to ensure the active participation of all relevant stakeholders in the governance of UNEP and to promote a strong science-policy interface.

2nd International Summer Academy in Peace-building & Intercultural Dialogue
17 August 2014 | Institute for Peace and Dialogue, Baar, Switzerland

The main goal of the international summer academy is to support institutional academic peace education and strengthen peace-building skills and intercultural dialogue of international society.

UNITAR Course: Natural resources management in post-conflict countries
24 September 2014 | Web-based, United Nations Institute for Training and Research

The goal of this UNITAR course is to provide an overview of the role natural resources play in conflict environments, illustrating both positive and negative situations where natural resources have an impact on a conflict and - conversely - how the environment is impacted by conflict. (Registration Deadline: September 17, 2014).

Library Resources

Nigeria’s Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Export of Stolen Oil
Christina Katsouris and Aaron Sayne - Chatham House, 2013
This report analyses the international dimensions of Nigerian crude oil theft and explores what the international community could do about it. Read More

Securing Land Rights Project: Working Paper on Land Tenure Regularization in Rwanda
Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development, 2013
This paper deals with a paradox of one of the most ambitious attempts to secure land rights for a predominantly rural population: the 2007 Rwandan Land Tenure Regularization Program (LTRP). The LTRP is a national land registration program—the first of its kind in Rwanda—that aims to title every plot of land in the country within the terms... Read More

The hoe, the cow and the gun - New research on transhumance in the DRC
Justine Brabant and Jean-Louis K. Nzweve (Life and Peace Institute), 2014
This new research report published by Life and Peace Institute and its DRC programme includes an in-depth study of the phenomenon of transhumance which is highlighted as one of the main causes of armed conflict in South Kivu. Transhumance, or the seasonal migration of tens of thousands of cows from the... Read More


UNICEF: WASH Emergency Coordinator (P-4) Bangui, CAR (SURGE)
29 January 2014 | UNICEF

Accountable for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF's WASH emergency response to safeguard and improve public health in Central African Republic. (Deadline: February 4, 2014).

Flora & Fauna International: Programme Manager, West Africa
3 February 2014 | Fauna & Flora International

This position will be based either at Fauna & Flora International's office in Cambridge, UK, with regular travel to West Africa or will be based in the West Africa region. (Deadline: February 16, 2014)

Conservation International: Senior Vice President - Center for Environment and Peace
3 February 2014 | Conservation International

The Senior Vice President for the Center for Environment and Peace will implement an ambitious strategy encompassing international policy goals, ambitious fundraising targets and the development of a new program area focusing on the relationship between peace and the environment. (Deadline: February 21,2014).

UNEP: Disasters & Conflicts Programme - Senior Programme Officer
22 January 2014 | United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is looking for Senior Programme Officers to coordinate the sub programme in Disasters & Conflict. (Deadline: March 16, 2014).

UNEP: Disasters & Conflicts Programme - Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer (P4)
4 February 2014 | United Nations Environment Programme

 UNEP is looking for senior experts to act as Regional Focal Points in the deployment of environmental expertise to crisis affected countries. (Deadline: March 1, 2014).

Mercy Corps: Conflict Mitigation and Resource Management Program Manager - Nepal
30 January 2014 | Mercy Corps

Program Manager for the Conflict Management and Mitigation and Inclusive Resource Management Initiative. Responsible for administration and implementation of a USAID-funded peacebuilding program with strong natural resources management elements. (Apply immediately).

International Alert: Specialist Consultants Required in Peacebuilding Sector
4 February 2014 | International Alert

International Alert is requesting Expressions of Interest for short and long term assignments from specialists with experience in areas including peacebuilding, climate & environment, and advanced research techniques. (Deadline: February 23, 2014).

International News

Elephant Campaign: How Africa's 'White Gold' Funds the al-Shabaab Militants
3 February 2014 | Idhi Doshi,The Independent

Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards
1 February 2014 | Peter Zahler & George Schaller, The New York Times

Congo's Poachers Threatened with U.N. Sanctions
31 January 2014 | Reuters

Security Council Grants Year-long Mandate Extension for United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Central African Republic
28 January 2014 | United Nations

Rebels in Syria Claim Control of Resources
28 January 2014 | Ben Hubbard, Clifford Krauss & Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Wikileaks, Drought & Syria
21 January 2014 | Thomas Friedman, The New York Times



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