Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 5: 18 Mar 2014


Social Media
17 March 2014 | ELI & UNEP

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The Long Shadows: Examples of the Environmental Impacts of World War II
18 March 2014 | International Environment House, Geneva
"The Long Shadows: examples of the environmental impacts of World War II" is a presentation by Simo Laakkonen, a senior researcher in environmental history at the Department of Environmental Science, University of Helsinki. This event, hosted by the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat, will be held at the International Environment I,... Read More

World Bank Event: Trafficking and Fragility in West Africa
19 March 2014 | The World Bank, Washington DC
In its 2013 threat assessment on organized crime in West Africa, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted that "In the interest of promoting stability, development, and peace, West Africa needs to be insulated from contraband flows entering the region". Since the early 2000s, new forms of trafficking... Read More

iPCMP Webinar: Conflict Minerals Platform
19 March 2014 | iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform (Web-based)
Get to know the iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform by joining our free webinar on March 19th at 11 a.m. EST. Learn how you can streamline your conflict minerals reporting processes and gain quick visibility to and validation of your supplier’s mineral sources through iPoint’s intuitive and web-based software solution iPCMP. Read More

Book Launch: Water & Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
21 March 2014 | Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC
The Environmental Law Institute, United Nations Environment Programme, University of Tokyo, McGill University, and Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment cordially invite you to the launch of "Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding," the fourth book in the series on strengthening post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management. The book is scheduled to... Read More

Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources
21 March 2014 | Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
In Oil Sparks in the Amazon:  Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources (University of Georgia Press, 2014), Patricia Vásquez explores the potent mix of grievances, identities, and structural constraints that have given rise to conflicts between investors in the hydrocarbons sector and local communities in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. ... Read More

Expert Seminar: Land Degradation as a Global Challenge
27 March 2014 | Clingendael Institute, Netherlands
On 27 March 2014, the Clingendael Institute organises an expert seminar discussing some diverse but interlinked aspects of land degradation, exploring possibilities for fostering policy debate on the issue. Read More

Library Resources

Critical Reflection on ‘Land Grabbing’ in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts
A. Graf, C. Kruckow and S. Gemperle (KOFF, FriEnt), 2013
This roundtable on conflict sensitive water and land management assembled representatives of Swiss civil society and state agencies. They debated the implications of land acquisition on their work as well as their responses. The event featured the two country cases of Ethiopia and Cambodia, where negative consequences of land acquisitions... Read More

Conflict Minerals – An Evaluation of the Dodd-Frank Act and other Resource-related Measures
Institute for Applied Ecology, 2013
The analysis of the Dodd-Frank Act and further resource-related measures showed that the root causes for conflicts in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are manifold and only secondarily related to resources. Read More

Water and Conflict
USAID, 2014
Competition over natural resources, including water, is often viewed as a driver of conflict and has emerged as a key component in many current and past conflicts. However, disputes over water, whether scarce or abundant, do not always result in violence. Read More

Contested Claims over Protected Area Resources in Rwanda
Anna Knox (USAID), 2014
LAND Project is pleased to share with you the Policy Research Brief on Contested Claims over Protected Areas in Rwanda.The aim of this policy brief is to describe current and historical conflicts over rights to land and natural resources within and surrounding protected areas in Rwanda. Read More

The Earth Security Index 2014
Earth Security Initiative, 2013
Our world is in the midst of a major geopolitical shift. New emerging powers are becoming important actors in a multi-polar international system, many of which are facing resource security dilemmas. Their ability to master domestic resource security challenges, within the realm of the global legal framework, will be a defining factor for their recognition as a responsible partner... Read More

Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide
Andy Catley, John Burns, Dawit Abebe, Omeno Suji, 2014
The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Originally released in 2009, this updated version of our PIA guide takes account of the continuing need to include local people in defining and measuring impact, while... Read More

Conflict Trade: Regulating Illicit Flows to and from War
Mark B. Taylor (NOREF), 2013
This expert analysis note describes an emerging approach to regulating illicit flows of goods to and from conflict zones. The approach, based on norms of national and international law defining business due diligence, is well suited for dilemmas posed by war economies. Read More


Gender and Natural Resource Management Research and Policy Expert (Deadline: 27 March)
13 March 2014 | UNDP
The Gender and Natural Resource Management (NRM) Research and Policy Expert will be responsible for working with UN Women, the Ministry of Gender and Development and its implementing partners to generate research and targeted recommendations on women’s participation in the management of natural resources in Liberia.  The research and recommendations... Read More

Associate Research Scholar, Earth Institute, Columbia University
5 March 2014 | The Earth Institute, Columbia University
The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) seeks an Associate Research Scholar to conduct applied research on social and environmental sustainability and environmental conflict resolution. Read More

Campaign Leader - Conflict Resources (Deadline: 18 March)
17 March 2014 | Global Witness
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Campaign Leader to lead our Conflict Resources team, to curb the trade in conflict resources and related illicit flows, with a focus on case studies like Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Dubai. Read More

International News

Ukraine: For Crimea, Secession is Only as Good as Recognition
15 March 2014 | Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times
PARIS — When Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, with the strong support of the United States, Russia, a staunch ally of the Serbs, insisted that the declaration was a reckless breach of international law. Read More

World: Factoring conflict reduction into WASH programmes
14 March 2014 | Relief Web
Source: IRIN Country: Nepal, World CHESKAM (EASTERN NEPAL), 14 March 2014 (IRIN) - Evidence that sanitation interventions can contribute to local stability and conflict reduction is encouraging and should be considered in programme design, experts say. Read More

Nigeria: Scores Reported Killed in Village Raids in Nigerian Land Conflict
13 March 2014 | Agence France-Presse, The New York Times
KANO, Nigeria — Gunmen on motorbikes killed at least 69 people and burned down several homes in attacks on four villages related to conflicts over land in northwestern Nigeria, a state lawmaker said Thursday. Read More

United States: Suit Filed in Haiti Cholera Epidemic
12 March 2014 | Somini Sengupta, The New York Times
A class-action lawsuit claiming to represent cholera victims in Haiti and their relatives in the United States was filed against the United Nations on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. At issue is the question of accountability for an epidemic that began in 2010 and has since claimed more... Read More

Libya: Prime Minister Ousted in Chaos over Tanker
11 March 2014 | David D. Kirkpatrick and Cliffort Kraussmarch, The New York Times
CAIRO — Libya’s transitional Parliament voted on Tuesday to remove its prime minister as his government conceded that despite days of bluster it was powerless to stop a tanker from sailing away with an illicit shipment of Libyan oil. Read More

South Sudan: Conflict Erases Food Security Gains, UN Agencies Say
10 March 2014 | Charlton Doki, Voice of America
JUBA — The conflict in South Sudan has undone the strides the young country has taken toward food security in recent years, U.N. agencies said Monday. Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of the population from around 10 percent following two good harvests in... Read More

Nigeria: Nigerians Ask Why Oil Funds Are Missing
10 March 2014 | Adam Nossiter, The New York Times
LAGOS, Nigeria — Even in a country where untold oil wealth disappears into the pockets of the elite, the oil corruption scheme he was investigating seemed outsize — and he threatened to lay it bare at a meeting with Nigeria’s top bankers. Read More

Ukraine: Sovereignty vs. Self-Rule: Crimea Reignites Battle
8 March 2014 | Peter Baker, The New York Times
WASHINGTON — They wanted to break away from a country they considered hostile. The central government cried foul, calling it a violation of international law. But with the help of a powerful foreign military, they succeeded in severing ties. Read More

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Environmental Peacebuilding is a knowledge platform and global community of practice on natural resources, conflict, and peace, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), UN Environment, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo. The platform unites a global network of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in fragile states and conflict-affected settings. The platform also helps people to access new publications on the topic, conduct new research, and participate in events to support the growth of the field. As part of our Community of Practice, we bring you biweekly updates on recent developments, including news about our program as well as links to new publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job openings.

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