Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 51: 22 Dec 2015


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

Rating Companies on Responsible Sourcing Sprint

18 January 2016 | Amnesty International and WikiRate, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Amnesty International, Global Witness, and WikiRate are gathering a community of students to help us answer our questions on responsible sourcing. On 18 January 2016, they will be holding an interactive workshop at Cambridge University to help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to analyse information from companies and... Read More

Conflict Minerals Compliance and Supplier Sustainability Conference

4 February 2016 – 5 February 2016 | TBM Evolution Group, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This TBM evolution event will enable participants to focus on real implementation and practical applications of Conflict Minerals Complaince and supplier engagement challenges. For inquiries, please contact ksenia@tbmevolution.com.  Read More

World Bank Group Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2016

1 March 2016 – 3 March 2016 | World Bank Group, Washington, DC

By convening a broad spectrum of partners from governments, aid agencies, civil society, private sector, and research institutions among others, the 3-day Forum aims to facilitate a robust exchange of knowledge and experience among policymakers and practitioners, highlighting innovative work and groundbreaking initiatives that can improve development solutions. Read More


In the last two weeks, 12 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Deadly Enterprise: Dismantling South Sudan's War Economy and Countering Potential Spoilers
Justine Fleischner (Enough Project, 2015)
This report lays out the main modalities of financing used by the government of South Sudan and the SPLA-IO in order to provide an overview of the war economy and political incentives in order to identify specific policy interventions to support the transition towards peace. Read More

Indigenous Land Rights and Conflict in Darfur: The Case of the Fur Tribe
Jon Unruh (Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict, 2016)
Land Rights in Darfur operate as a central feature of the conflict. Widely regarded as being at the heart of the war, land rights for the different indigenous groups involved in the conflict are complex, confused, sensitive, and volatile. Read More

The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees
John Wendle (Scientific American, 2015)
Climatologists say Syria is a grim preview of what could be in store for the larger Middle East, the Mediterranean and other parts of the world. The drought, they maintain, was exacerbated by climate change. The Fertile Crescent—the birthplace of agriculture some 12,000 years ago—is drying out. Read More

Turning the Tide: Building a Clean Oil Sector through South Sudan’s Peace Agreement
Global Witness, 2015
The corruption of the South Sudanese political and military elite lies at the heart of the country’s continued conflict. As the nation’s main source of prosperity, oil revenues had the potential to get the world’s newest economy moving, and to provide the development its citizens had been denied by 30... Read More

Environmental Degradation, Climate Change and Conflict: The Lake Chad Basin Area
Ayo Obe (International Crisis Group, 2015)
In 1974, Yisa (not his real name), a young engineer from Chibok town in north-eastern Nigeria’s Borno state, was an enthusiastic participant in the country’s response to the severe drought that had affected northern Nigeria and the wider Sahel region over the previous two years. Read More

The Experiential Peacebuilding Cycle: Grassroots Diplomacy, Environmental Education, and Environmental Norms
Saleem H. Ali and Todd Walters (University of Queensland and International Peace Park Expeditions, 2015)
Environmental issues can provide a higher purpose for cooperation despite their frequent framing as drivers of conflict. Linking environmental problems to integrative peace rather than to distributive conflict has much to do with instilling environmental norms through experiential education. In this chapter we consider the connections between experiential education and peacebuilding. Read More


18 jobs were posted in the last two weeks. Here is a sampling of the new additions. Please visit our jobs page to view these positions and other job opportunities.

Sudan: Water Supply Engineer (Deadline: 2015-12-23)
16 December 2015 | CTG Global
Water is identified by this project as one of the principal limiting factors bearing on livelihoods in East Darfur. The water supply infrastructure (water yards, rahads and hafirs) is degraded and insufficient for water user needs, and under current management approaches is financially unsustainable. Read More

Afghanistan: Central Highlands Field Coordinator (Deadline: 2015-12-26)
16 December 2015 | Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités
GERES (www.geres.eu) is a French NGO working worldwide for the improvement of people’s living conditions through preservation of environment and fair and sustainable energy access. In Afghanistan, GERES has been working since 2002 in the fields of energy efficiency and rural development. Read More

Iraq: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator (Deadline: 2015-12-28)
16 December 2015 | Action Contre la Faim
While the fight against hunger had previously been an element of more general humanitarian action (the fight against poverty, promoting better health, etc.) they founded an organisation that was exclusively dedicated to ending  hunger. Action against Hunger is now recognised as one of the leading organisations in the fight against... Read More

Somalia: Livelihoods & ERD Coordinator (Deadline: 2015-12-31)
16 December 2015 | International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, Governance, protection, GBV, WASH and health reaching out to... Read More

DRC: Chief of Party (Deadline: 2015-12-31)
16 December 2015 | Chemonics
Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated USAID Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Eastern Congo Agricultural Value Chain Project. This project aims to improve livelihoods for agricultural communities in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Katanga provinces by creating inclusive growth, improving food security, and supporting women and youth... Read More

Nepal: Country Representative (Deadline: 2015-12-31)
16 December 2015 | Global Green Growth Institute
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a new international organization committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation... Read More

South Sudan: WASH Specialist (Deadline: 2016-01-06)
16 December 2015 | Norwegian Refugee Council
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been operational in South Sudan since 2004 providing assistance to IDPs, returnees, refugees and host communities in areas affected by displacement. NRC currently operates an integrated programme focused on six sectors (core competencies): Education, Shelter, Food Security, WASH, Camp Coordination/Camp Management (CCCM) and Information,... Read More

DRC: Deputy Chief of Party (Deadline: 2016-01-09)
16 December 2015 | CARE
CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated five-year, Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This position is expected to be based in Bukavu or another location in Eastern DRC. Read More

West Africa: WASH Project Manager (Deadline: 2016-01-10)
16 December 2015 | International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Read More

Syria: Project Manager (Deadline: 2016-01-10)
16 December 2015 | Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
The Project Manager is responsible for managing, coordinating, supervising, monitoring and reporting on the ongoing activities related to the EU funded Project “Improving access to water and sanitation services in hosting localities affected by Syrian crisis in North Bekaa Valley”. Read More

Afghanistan: Chief of Programmes (CoP) (Deadline: 2016-01-15)
16 December 2015 | Mission East
Mission East, founded in Denmark in 1991, is an international humanitarian and development organisation, working in South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The organisation’s activities in Afghanistan presently involve a comprehensive, integrated programme working to achieve rural community development through interventions in water sanitation, and hygiene,... Read More

DRC: Engineer Water, Sanitation (Deadline: 2016-01-30)
16 December 2015 | Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of around 200 people working in 5 locations. Mercy Corps is currently implementing an urban development program IMAGINE (Integrated Maji, infrastructure and governance initiative for East of Congo), funded by the... Read More

Lebanon: Food & Security Livelihoods Coordinator (Deadline: 2016-01-31)
16 December 2015 | Première Urgence Internationale
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Read More

International News

Vietnam/China/South China Sea: Insight - Vietnam Builds Military Muscle to Face China
18 December 2015 | Greg Torode, Reuters
Vietnam's military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernisation drive, Hanoi's biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War. The ruling Communist Party's goal is to deter its giant northern neighbour as tensions rise over the disputed South China Sea, and if... Read More

Iraq: World Bank Lends Iraq $1.2 Billion to Face Oil, Security Shocks
18 December 2015 | Sylvia Westall, Reuters
The World Bank said on Thursday it would lend Iraq $1.2 billion in emergency support to help it deal with the economic effects of its fight against Islamic State militants and low oil prices. The budget support loan will be disbursed in a single tranche and should be available to... Read More

DRC: Student Leads Wisconsin School District to Go “Conflict-Free” as International Movement Gathers Steam in 2015
17 December 2015 | Enough Project
From high schools and college campuses to cities and states, the “Conflict-Free” movement continued to expand this year. Spurred by the activism of a high school student, the latest resolution by a Wisconsin school district adds another victory in an international campaign working to ensure that laptops, cell phones, and... Read More

Food Security: Building Peace: A Path to Resilience in the Face of Food Insecurity
16 December 2015 | Kate McMahon, Devex
This year’s weather forecast is grim for vulnerable communities and households around the world. Recent reports indicate that this year’s extreme El Nino is having — and will continue to have — a devastating impact on families living in poverty, especially those living in the “global south”. Read More

Myanmar: UN: Poverty, Conflict Drive Opium Production in Myanmar-Laos
15 December 2015 | Ron Corben, Voice of America
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime’s latest opium survey for Myanmar and Laos, released Tuesday, said poverty and conflict are the driving forces behind poppy cultivation, the second largest behind that of Afghanistan. In its latest production assessment, UNDOC said although Southeast Asia’s opium poppy output generally has steadied... Read More

Global: Conflict Tops List of Global Risks
15 December 2015 | Strategic Risk
A UNEP report supports the findings of the World Economic Forum that interstate conflict with regional consequences is now rated as the most likely of all global risks, with water crises highest in terms of impact. Read More

Liberia: 6th EITI Report Shows Gains in Extractive Sector
15 December 2015 | Omari Jackson, Liberian Observer
The Liberian government received more revenues than payments declared by eight reporting companies because of the net difference of U$5,361,233 or 2.9% of the total amount received, according to a report covering the fiscal period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 launched yesterday by the Liberia Extractive Industries... Read More

Climate Security: Climate Change Will Create More Violent Extremism, If We Let It
15 December 2015 | Jessica Leber, Co.Exist
The protests and violent conflict in Syria that began in 2011 originally took U.S. security analysts by surprise. Early in the Arab Spring, the State Department had ranked Syria near the bottom of a list of Middle East and North African nations most likely to experience upheaval. Read More

South Sudan: Camera Traps Snap First Photos of Endangered Elephants (and Other Rare Species) in South Sudan
11 December 2015 | Earth Touch
Despite years of civil conflict in South Sudan, the nation’s wildlife seems to be persevering. A new camera trap survey has revealed that the country’s remote tropical forests are home to an array of elusive species, including African golden cats and critically endangered forest elephants. Read More

United States: SEC Proposes Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers under Dodd-Frank Act
11 December 2015 | US Securities and Exchange Commission
The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose rules that would require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to the U.S. federal government or foreign governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals.  The proposed rules, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer... Read More

Iraq/Syria/Islamic State: Leaked Budget Document Provides Glimpse into How ISIS Makes Money [Audio]
10 December 2015 | Stacey Vanek Smith, NPR
NPR explores how ISIS gets its money and why that makes it so hard to turn off the money spigot. It examines how ISIS makes up its budget and manages it through its tax system, fees and the antiquities smuggling strategies. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 9 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Following is a sampling:

Climate Change is a National Security Issue - But Not for the Reasons You Think
16 December 2015 | Neil Berg and Nick Burger
The connection between climate change, conflict, and U.S. national security is receiving increasing attention from political analysts, government agencies, and even the White House. At COP21, President Obama called climate change an economic and security challenge. Recent research has emphasized the link between climate and violence. Read More

SEC Takes Long-Awaited Step to Combat Rampant Corruption in the Oil, Gas and Mining Industry
11 December 2015 | Zorka Milin and Corinna Gilfillan
Today the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a strong proposed rule to implement a landmark transparency law which requires US-listed oil, gas and mining companies to publish details of their payments to governments, broken down per country and per project, with no exemptions. Read More

Deepening Australia’s Regional Relationships through Climate Security
10 December 2015 | Robert Sturrock
Climate change undermines regional human security, with inaction breeding greater insecurity. Conventional wisdom about Australia’s geography is that we are uniquely located to capitalise on the unfolding economic expansion in East Asia. However, missing from this assessment is an understanding of the climate security challenges confronting our region—which is the... Read More

The EITI and Commodities Trading Transparency: Where Are We Headed?
10 December 2015 | Nicholas Garrett
For the past 2 years RCS Global has been advising Trafigura on its journey to become the commodities trading industry leader on transparency. With developments in the trading industry transparency space accelerating towards the end of 2015, we would like to share our view of next steps. Read More

The “Water Wars” Trap
9 December 2015 | Josh Newton
As negotiations at the Paris climate conference head into the final, critical stage, a piece of pop wisdom is coming to a boil: “They say the next wars will be fought over water.” Some politicians, academics, and laypersons angling for progress on climate change have picked up the frenzied refrain. Read More

Oil Fuels War and Terrorists Like ISIS: The Climate Movement Can Bring Peace
9 December 2015 | Rebecca Solnit
Greed for petroleum has produced plenty of war. War can be defined narrowly, as conflict between nations, or broadly, as large-scale violence in pursuit of gain. This is why so many see the climate movement as a peace movement – especially after the recent massacres in Paris. Read More

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