Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 58: 29 Mar 2016


Environment in Humanitarian Action: Why It Matters?
22 March 2016 | Consultative Group for Emergency Preparedness and Response
When you think of humanitarian action, do you ever reflect on the environment? You surely see humanitarian relief as saving lives, alleviating suffering, providing aid and maintaining dignity. But is there also room for considering the environment? Or should it simply be left for development actors to worry about? Read More


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

Media, Peace & the Environment National Conference

16 April 2016 | Media Association for Peace, Beirut, Lebanon

MAP is happy to be holding the world's first conference dedicated to the intersection between media, peace, and the natural environment. The day will explore the values of peace journalism as they intersect with issues of sustainability and environmental justice locally and globally. Read More

4th Conflict Minerals Compliance and Supply Chain Transparency Conference

22 June 2016 – 23 June 2016 | Marcus Evans, Chicago, IL

Marcus Evans will host the 4th Conflict Minerals Compliance and Supply Chain Transparency Conference on June 22-23, 2016 in Chicago, IL. The 4th edition of this conference examines US, UK, EU, and APAC regulations and reform which make supply chain due diligence and corporate social responsibility a must. Read More

The 4th Annual Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

29 June 2016 – 3 July 2016 | Initiatives for Land, Lives, and Peace, Caux, Switzerland

Initiatives for Land, Lives, and Peace (ILLP) is delighted to inform you of the upcoming Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS 2016), due to take place between 29th June and 3rd July at Caux, Switzerland.CDLS 2016 will focus on the interaction between land degradation and migration, and the opportunities that land restoration... 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:

How Do Natural Resources Influence Civil War? Evidence from Thirteen Cases
Michael L. Ross (International Organization Foundation, 2004)
Recent studies have found that natural resources and civil war are highly correlated.Yet the causal mechanisms behind the correlationare not well under- stood, in part because data on civil wars is scarce and of poor quality. In this article I examine thirteen recent civil wars to explore the mechanisms behind the resource- conflict correlation. Read More

Rethinking Resource Conflict
John-Andrew McNeish (World Bank, 2010)
In this thematic paper I will reconsider the connections between natural resources and conflict. Aimed at producing a state of the art review of the research on the connections between natural resources and conflict, the paper will outline and discuss the mainstream theories and policy initiatives that have been created... Read More

The Green Climate Fund: Finding a Role for Peacebuilding Priorities
Neil Bhatiya (The Century Foundation, 2015)
In the wake of the September 2014 United Nations climate summit, which brought together representatives from more than one hundred countries to build global ambition to fight climate change, there has been a flurry of diplomatic activity dedicated to that end. Read More

Susan Martin: Migration a Climate Adaptation Strategy, but Displacement More Dangerous
Sean Peoples (New Security Beat, 2016)
“Migration is a risk management strategy,” says Susan Martin, the Donald G. Herzberg professor of international migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, in this week’s podcast. “It’s a way people have coped for millennia when the environment changes.” But climate change is forcing a new calculus on many... Read More

Deforestation and its Natural Effect on the Environment of Afghanistan
Sadeq Mir Aref (Asia Pacific University, 2015)
Deforestation has many negative impacts on the environment, human, animals, soil erosion, and loss of biodiversity and climate changes. In Afghanistan deforestation has made more prone to flash floods, and landslides; and every year it causes human deaths and people loss their houses and lands. Read More

Afghanistan's Key Energy Statistics
US Energy Information Administration, 2015
This EIA site contains information and statistics regarding Afghanistan's energy industry and where key sectors rank throughout the world. Read More


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

Sustainability Sourcing Data Analyst (Deadline: 2016-03-31)
24 March 2016 | Illinois Tool Works
ITW is seeking a Sustainability Sourcing Data Analyst in the Conflict Minerals area to join its Strategic Sourcing team located in Glenview, Illinois, USA.  As part of the team you will learn step by step the basic skills to support and execute our conflict minerals program in order to help ensure... 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

Chief Operating Officer (Deadline: 2016-04-10)
21 March 2016 | Global Witness
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an outstanding Chief Operating Officer to form a key part of a talented and highly collaborative Management Team.  Reporting into the Chief Executive Officer, this is a new role that will provide strategic vision and leadership in all operational and resource related aspects of... Read More

International News

DRC: Diamond Mining Industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 2020: Latest Market Research Report
25 March 2016 | Empowered News
ResearchMoz added its latest research report titled " Diamond Mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 2020: Worldwide Market Size, Shares, Trends, Growth, Survey and Forecast report " to it's large report database. The report comprehensively covers DRC's reserves of diamond by region and county, the historic and... Read More

How Exploiting the Earth Can Fuel Violent Conflict
22 March 2016 | Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post
At the end of May, the U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time ever in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and the environmental challenges facing today’s world. And it looks like one major theme to be addressed — one that’s a growing concern among... Read More

Stirling Scientist Wins £1.1 Million to Tackle Global Environmental Conflicts
22 March 2016 | University of Stirling
University of Stirling scientist, Dr Nils Bunnefeld, is tackling one of the biggest environmental problems facing government agencies and communities across the globe -how humans and wildlife can co-exist successfully. ConFooBio, a five year £1.1 million international study -- funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant -- aims to... Read More

Sudan/South Sudan: South Sudan Denies Conceding Abyei Region to Sudan
22 March 2016 | Sudan Tribune
South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister has denied reports that he authorised an official response to a United Nations Human Rights report on his country’s situation, which referred to natives of the oil-producing region of Abyei as non-South Sudanese. Read More

Climate Change: Obama Says Climate Change Is a Security Risk. Why Are Republicans Laughing?
21 March 2016 | Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy
In the middle of January, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work signed off on one of the potentially most significant, if little-noticed, orders in recent Pentagon history. The directive told every corner of the Pentagon, including the office of the secretary of defense, the joint chiefs of staff, and all... Read More

Iraq: Iraq Exports First Natural Gas Shipment in Its History
20 March 2016 | Associated Press
Iraq on Sunday exported the first shipment of natural gas in its history, a key development for the OPEC member struggling to feed a cash-strapped economy amid an expensive fight against the Islamic State group. The move revives a long-sought ambition by Iraq to be a gas exporter, thanks to... Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: On Iraq's Faultline: Kirkuk Governor Calls for Vote on Kurdish Autonomy
19 March 2016 | Florian Neuhof, Middle East Eye
Territorial gains and the weakness of the government in Baghdad emboldened the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its quest for an independent state. It is the stated objective of long-time President Massoud Barzani, who has called for a referendum on Kurdish independence to be held this year. Read More

Somalia: Elephant in Stealth Mode: A Bull Named Morgan Survives Somali War Zone
17 March 2016 | Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times
Elephant experts in Kenya were excited recently by some rare good news: An elephant had crossed into Somalia — and survived. Somalia, one of the world’s most war-torn nations, used to be home to thousands of elephants, but they were wiped out during the 1980s and ’90s as the country... Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan Army Says Land Grabbing Not Official Policy
16 March 2016 | Sudan Tribune
South Sudan’s national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has distanced itself from reports charging that some of its soldiers and officers have been grabbing land in and around Juba in a manner indicative of the practice having become an official policy of the government and the army. Read More

Ethiopia/Egypt: Church Could Broker Peace in 'Water Wars' between Egypt and Ethiopia
16 March 2016 | Mark Woods, Christian Today
Christians could play an important role in easing tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia, according to an Egyptian Coptic bishop. Tensions have risen between the two countries over the allocation of water from the Nile, vital for the economies of both. Read More

Colombia: Can Sustainable Farming Revive Colombia’s Former Killing Fields?
16 March 2016 | Karen Tatiana Pardo, El Espectador
In what was once the setting of civil war and gangland murder, peasants in northern Colombia's Montes de María region are using sustainable farming practices to rebuild a degraded environment. It may be a ticket to their future. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 11 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Following is a sampling:

Will Peace Halt Colombia’s Coca Boom?
25 March 2016 | Jim Wyss
Daniel Duarte has thick, rough hands and the burned scalp of someone who has spent more than two decades under the Andean sky tending coca crops. Read More

Pentagon Directive Quietly Makes Climate Change Long-Term Priority
24 March 2016 | Wilson Center Staff
In the middle of January, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work signed off on one of the potentially most significant, if little-noticed, orders in recent Pentagon history. The directive told every corner of the Pentagon, including the office of the secretary of defense, the joint chiefs of staff, and all... Read More

How Drip Irrigation Methods Could Help Myanmar
21 March 2016 | Daniel Zohar Zonshine
We hear a lot recently about El Nino and its effect on water availability in Myanmar. Many people are worried, quite rightly, about the potential results of this phenomenon and the water shortage. Read More

Long-term Peace in Afghanistan will Remain Elusive Without Land Security
18 March 2016 | Mehrab Masayeed Habib
Decades of war have ravaged Afghanistan’s natural environment. But even after the recent round of fighting comes to an end, the country will continue to face a bleak future without water, forests, wildlife and clean air. Read More

Calculating the Environmental Benefits of Peace in Colombia
17 March 2016 | Doug Weir
Colombia’s environment has suffered widespread and severe damage as a result of half a century of armed conflict. With a peace agreement with FARC on the table, the government has been reviewing the financial costs of the damage – and the economic and environmental benefits of peace. Read More

Five Years on: Lessons Learned from the Environmental Legacy of Syria’s War
16 March 2016 | Wim Zwijnenburg
This week the Toxic Remnants of War Network commemorates the beginning of the conflict in Syria. The devastation wrought upon the country has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, wounding many more and displacing millions across the region and beyond. Read More

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