Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 57: 15 Mar 2016


Do You Know Leaders in the Environment and Security Sectors in Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, or South Sudan? Send Us a Message!
10 March 2016 | ELI & UNEP
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are soliciting input from Members of the Environmental Peacebuilding Community of Practice to help identify stakeholders in the environment and security sectors in Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, and South Sudan who work in: Read More

Environment, Peace, and Security Certification of Professional Achievement
8 March 2016 | Columbia University
Columbia University’s Environment, Peace, and Security Certification of Professional Achievement will prepare you to understand the rapidly changing connections between environment and security dynamics, and will equip you to apply best-practice tools for managing the risks that arise from such linkages. Read More

Environmental Peacebuilding & Sustainability: Peace Parks in the Balkans
6 March 2016 | International Peace Park Expeditions & Ohio University
International Peace Park Expeditions and Ohio University will offer the following accredited academic expedition focused on Environmental Peacebuilding this summer with a deadline to apply of March 15, 2016. These academic expedition will provide students with a unique, adventure based, experiential learning opportunity in some of the most beautiful places... Read More


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

Roundtable on “Defining Environmental Peacebuilding”

16 March 2016 | International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA

For many years, researchers, practitioners, and decision makers have been working at the intersection of peacebuilding, natural resources and the environment.  Over this time, our understanding of “environmental peacebuilding” has evolved.  This roundtable discusses environmental peacebuilding from different disciplines – namely environmental studies, peace studies and political geography – and... Read More

Land and Poverty Conference 2016: Scaling up Responsible Land Governance

16 March 2016 – 18 March 2016 | World Bank, Washington, DC

Now in its 17th year, the annual World Bank conference on land and poverty brings together key stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector to discuss land policy design and implementation, impact evaluation and progress monitoring, and the latest research on these issues. Read More

Webinar Series for SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Filers

22 March 2016 – 12 April 2016 | Green Status Pro, Responsible Trade and Elm Sustainability Partners LLC, Webcast

Green Status Pro, Responsible Trade and Elm Sustainability Partners LLC, conflict minerals reporting industry experts, have announced that they will lead a limited number of webinars to assist compliance professionals prepare their corporate Conflict Minerals Disclosure. Read More

Global Water Security Summit

22 March 2016 | United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C

The following outlines objectives, outcomes and participants for a Global Water Security Summit on World Water Day, March 22, 2016, to be held at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Approximately 200 senior-level leaders and decision makers from key U.S. Read More

North Rift Dialogue on Land & Security

12 April 2016 – 15 April 2016 | Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, Kabarnet, Kenya

The Governments of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, supported by six other counties Nandi, Samburu, Trans-Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot, and in partnership with Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, the National Land Commission of Kenya, Initiatives of Change and Caring for Environment for Development will hold: An International Dialogue on Land and Security in... Read More


In the last two weeks, 17 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Côte d’Ivoire: Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment
UNEP, 2015
Upon request of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, UNEP conducted a comprehensive assessment of the status of the environment in Côte d’Ivoire in a number of key areas impacted by the 2002 civil war and unrest following elections in 2010, in which the incumbent President refused to accept defeat. Read More

Dodd-Frank 1502: Impact Update
Enough Project, 2016
Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank 1502) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Conflict Minerals Rule have improved global minerals supply chain transparency and begun to help break links between the minerals trade and violent conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic... Read More

Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel
UNEP, 2011
The report presents the findings of a unique mapping process analyzing climate trends over a 24 to 36-year period in 17 countries, from the Atlantic coast to Chad. The nine countries represented by CILSS – Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – determined... Read More

Land Reform: The 500 -Year Plan
Mike Mackenna (The Bogota Post, 2016)
Colombia holds the dubious international distinction of being one of the countries with the most internal refugees in the world. The exact ranking might change depending on which list you look at, but Colombia is somewhere in the top five, along with Sudan, Syria and Iraq. Read More

Seeking Peace in the Niger Delta: Oil, Natural Gas and Other Vital Resources
Dareen Kew and David L. Phillips (New England Journal of Public Policy, 2013)
Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region has seen little benefit from the billions of dollars earned from oil over the last four decades, prompting a growing but disorganized insurgency across the region. Irresponsible oil companies and government actors have reduced the Niger Delta to one of the most polluted environments on earth. Read More

Multi-Sector Capacity Needs in Challenging the Resource Curse in Conflict-Affected Countries
Jon D. Unruh (International Journal of Peace Studies, 2014)
The resource curse has received significant attention, and findings about a lack of strong institutions have significantly contributed to advancing a way forward. While recent literature highlights government institutions as the target for improvement, capacity building for other stakeholders involved is also important, so as to avoid the risks of... Read More


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

Chad: Expert in Food Security and Nutrition (Deadline: 2016-03-18)
9 March 2016 | CARE Canada
Given the context of chronic food and nutrition insecurity in Chad and recurrence of climate and social shocks, CARE has set itself the objective of establishing quality staffs to strengthen the achievements of these interventions and contribute effectively sustainable and resilience of women and girls in these attendance zones. Since 2013,... Read More

Ethiopia: Agricultural Development Coordinator (Deadline: 2016-03-18)
9 March 2016 | Pharo Foundation
The Pharo Foundation is a private foundation committed to the development of Africa. Our vision is an economically self-reliant Africa. Our mission is to facilitate economic independence of the African people through the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and job creation in Africa. We value sharing, passion, respect, humility and collaboration. Read More

Ethiopia: Water and Sanitation Development Coordinator (Deadline: 2016-03-18)
9 March 2016 | Pharo Foundation
The Pharo Foundation is a private foundation committed to the development of Africa. Our vision is an economically self-reliant Africa. Our mission is to facilitate economic independence of the African people through the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and job creation in Africa. We value sharing, passion, respect, humility and collaboration. Read More

Myanmar: Associate (Deadline: 2016-03-18)
12 March 2016 | Natural Resource Governance Institute
The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. We do this through technical advice, advocacy, applied research, policy analysis, and capacity development. We work with innovative agents of change within government ministries, civil society, the media, legislatures,... Read More

Sierra Leone & Liberia: Research Associate in Natural Resources and Development (Fixed-Term) (Deadline: 2016-04-10)
14 March 2016 | University of Bath (Social & Policy Sciences)
Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate to work on a project entitled, ‘Deepening governance and widening ‘spaces’ for change: community participation and natural resource transparency in post-conflict West Africa’ that is being funded by Humanity United. Read More

International News

Cambodia: Kingdom's Sugar Exports to EU Plummet
15 March 2016 | Will Jackson, Phnom Penh Post
New figures show that Cambodia’s sugar exports to the European Union fell by 94.8 per cent between 2013 and 2015, amid accusations of rights abuses and land grabbing in the Kingdom’s industry. Cambodian sugar receives preferential treatment under the Everything But Arms trade scheme for least developed countries, and in... Read More

Myanmar: Climate Change Could Cause 4450 Deaths in Myanmar
10 March 2016 | Yola Verbruggen, Myanmar Times
Researchers have predicted that climate change will have such severe impact on food production that it could lead to 4450 deaths in Myanmar by 2050. The expected toll puts the country at the 10th-worst spot out of 155 nations in terms of deaths per capita. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Intel Commits to No More Conflict Minerals in 2016
10 March 2016 | Ariella Brown, EBN
In his CES 2016 keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich cast a spotlight on Intel's goals beyond technology, particularly the achievement of attaining conflict-free  status in 2016. In an email exchange, Gary Niekerk, acting director, Intel's Office of Corporate Responsibility, answered my questions about this particular milestone, including the challenges it faced and its... Read More

Sierra Leone: 'Women Are Still Marginalised in Land Ownership'
10 March 2016 | Joseph S. Margai, Concord Times
Director of Green Scenery, Joseph Rahall, has disclosed that in Sierra Leone women are still marginalised in the ownership of land. He made this disclosure during a four-day training of land rights activists on voluntary guidelines on responsible governance on tenure (VGGT) land and fisheries in the country, which commenced... Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Shrinking Oil Reserves Crimp Iraqi Kurdistan's Allure
10 March 2016 | Ron Bousso, Reuters
A string of downgrades to Iraqi Kurdistan's oil reserves is a fresh blow to the autonomous region's fledgling oil industry already crippled by conflict, political strife and low crude prices. The revisions - resulting from a closer inspection of oilfields after drillers hit more water than expected - take the... Read More

Africa: Hunger Intensifies in Areas Suffering From Drought, Flooding and Conflict - UN Report
9 March 2016 | United Nations
Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new United Nations report released today. The figure has grown from 33 last December, after the addition of Swaziland, says the Food and Agriculture Organization... Read More

Myanmar: Jade Traders Call for Open Market as Sales Reach New Lows
4 March 2016 | Chan Mya Htwe, Myanmar Times
Plummeting demand from China has spurred jade traders to demand the right to sell internationally. Traders say the economic slowdown in Myanmar’s giant neighbour, and the anti-corruption campaign now being conducted by Beijing, have caused a catastrophic drop in sales to their major customer. Read More

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Taliban War: Opium Fuels Conflict as Farmers Pray for a Prosperous Harvest
4 March 2016 | Michael Kaplin, International Business Times
Despite billions of dollars in U.S. investment to eradicate opium cultivation, Afghanistan produces the bulk of the world’s opiate supply, and much of that money is helping fund an intensifying Taliban insurgency. Although the opium harvest dipped 19 percent last year due to a fungus, farmers are optimistic they'll see... Read More

Egypt/Ethiopia: Water Wars Intensify Between Egypt, Ethiopia
3 March 2016 | Walaa Hussein, Al-Monitor
Egyptians are worried about uncertainties surrounding Ethiopia's schedule for storing Nile water behind the walls of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The latest satellite photos show Ethiopia is preparing for storage, especially since the country pumped water into two turbines to generate electricity, according to Alaa el-Nahry, vice president of the UN-affiliated Regional Center for Space Studies and... Read More

South Sudan: Group: Wildlife Poaching on the Rise in South Sudan
3 March 2016 | Rodney Muhumuza and Charlton Doki, Associated Press
South Sudan's wildlife and other natural resources are being threatened by an alarming expansion of illegal exploitation and trafficking, a conservation group said Thursday. The Wildlife Conservation Society, working alongside local partners, has documented a sharp rise in illegal activities - including ivory trafficking and illegal logging - in many... Read More

Climate Change: Bin Laden Called for Americans to Rise up over Climate Change
2 March 2016 | Jonathan Landay, Reuters
Osama bin Laden wrote a letter calling on the American people to help President Barack Obama fight "catastrophic" climate change and "save humanity", in the latest evidence of his worries about environmental issues, newly released documents show The letter was among materials that were seized in the May 2, 2011, U.S. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 12 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Following is a sampling:

Water Wars: Flexing Muscles, U.S. Deploys Great Green Fleet to South China Sea
11 March 2016 | Zack Bluestone
In a symbolic show of force, the United States dispatched “a small armada” to patrol the disputed waters of the South China Sea, according to the Navy Times. Anchored by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis and its 7,000 sailors, the strike group also included two Japan-based cruisers... Read More

Armed Conflict Harms Countries’ Environmental Performance
9 March 2016 | Doug Weir
Improvements in global environmental monitoring are continuing to provide evidence showing that conflicts and insecurity have a persistent and negative impact on environmental governance. With governments now committed to the SDGs, these findings are reinforcing the urgency of addressing the environmental dimensions of armed conflict. Read More

Armed Groups and Mineral Extraction in the DRC
8 March 2016 | Washikala Malango
As armed groups are the main perpetrators of the ongoing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, many actors working in the country have started critically looking into the factors that have contributed to these groups’ ability to continue operating regardless of concerted local, regional, and international efforts to... Read More

A Healthy Environment Must be a Human Right – Especially in Armed Conflict
3 March 2016 | Doug Weir
The question of whether a healthy environment is a human right has been occupying the minds of legal experts and governments since the 1980s. In spite of considerable progress, acceptance of the idea remains far from universal. Yet to the casual observer, the link seems obvious. Today, Prof. Read More

The Drought that Preceded Syria's Civil War Was Likely the Worst in 900 Years
3 March 2016 | Elaisha Stokes
Syria's civil war has left 250,000 people dead, according to the latest UN count, and millions more are either displaced within the country's borders or have sought refuge abroad. And, while the proximate causes were largely political — primarily grievances with President Bashar al Assad, new scientific research adds support... Read More

Climate and Conflict: El Niño’s Ability to Magnify Tensions Between Companies and Communities
2 March 2016 | Josh Fisher
The Pacific island of Papua New Guinea has a long history of conflict and grievances among local communities and extractive industries like mining and oil and gas. Perhaps the most infamous of these conflicts was sparked by the costs that the Panguna mine placed on local communities, and the benefits... Read More

A Mysterious Pipeline Closure Is Bankrupting Iraqi Kurds
2 March 2016 | Keith Johnson
The export pipeline connecting Kurdish oil fields to Turkey has been offline for two weeks, costing Erbil at least $200 million. 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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