Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 62: 24 May 2016


STUDENTS - APPLY NOW! Campus Organizer, Enough Project's Conflict-Free Campus Initiative 2016-17
17 May 2016 | Enough Project & STAND
The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative (CFCI), a joint initiative of the Enough Project and STAND, draws on the power of student leadership and activism to support peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By encouraging school officials and stakeholders, both of which are large purchasers of electronics and powerful spokespersons, to commit to measures that... Read More


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

9th ICP International Summer Academy and Forum: Mediating Company-Community Conflicts

12 July 2016 – 16 July 2016 | The Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Caux (Montreux), Switzerland

The 9th International Summer Academy and Forum 2016 offers its participants an overview of the problems that arise due to the impact of companies setting up in complex environments and how to address them through mediation and dialogue. Read More

24th World Congress of Political Science: Understanding Environmental Peacebuilding Panel

23 July 2016 – 28 July 2016 | International Political Science Association, Poznań, Poland

Environmental issues in post-conflict societies have received greater attention recently. 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. Read More

Hiroshima and the DMZ: The Ethnology of Environmental Peacebuilding in Korea and Japan

26 July 2016 – 9 August 2016 | Peace Park Expeditions and Ohio University, South Korea and Japan

Experience the power and beauty of East Asian culture, language and ecology in the Hiroshima and the DMZ program. This summer will take students back in time as they learn about the practical and symbolic work of environmental peacebuilding in South Korea and Japan through the ages. Read More


In the last two weeks, 13 new publications were added to our online library of materials on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Resources and Resourcefulness: Gender, Conflict, and Artisanal Mining Communities in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
World Bank, 2016
Recent studies in the DRC tend to focus on human rights abuses or on the status of women, however few investigations examine the link between mining and sexual violence. There is a dearth of research specifically into the gender dimensions of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) as a means to... Read More

Should I Stay or Should I Go: The Role of Colombian Free Urban Housing Projects in IDP Return to the Countryside
Marcin Sliva and Henrik Wiig (Habitat International, 2016)
Over six million people have been displaced in Colombia's ongoing armed conflict, mainly from rural to urban areas. In 2012, the Colombian government launched a large-scale social housing program to alleviate the housing deficit caused by conflict and furthermore compensate the IDPs for their losses. Read More

Post-Conflict Development in East Asia
Brendan M. Howe (Routledge, 2016)
East Asia is a region deeply affected by conflict. Colonial, ideological, and national wars have left their scars and legacies on regional, international, and national governance. Yet East Asian post-conflict development experiences have been viewed as remarkably successful. Read More

Engines for Peace? Extractive Industries, Host Countries, and the International Community in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Päivi Lujala, Siri Aas Rustad, and Sarah Kettenmann (Natural Resources, 2016)
Extractive industries can provide great opportunities for post-conflict peacebuilding in resourcerich countries by providing revenue to finance reconstruction and set the economy back on track. However, the process of resource extraction often poses challenges for peacebuilding. Read More

The Gap between Buzz Words and Excellent Performance: The Environmental Footprint of Military and Civilian Actors in Crises and Conflict Settings
Annica Waleij and Birgitta Liljedahl (FOI - Swedish Defense Research Agency, 2016)
The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has addressed challenges related to environmental impact and sustainability of temporary communities such as the military, peacekeepers, or humanitarians in conflict and disaster areas in approximately 20 years. Experience has shown that the environmental legacy of these communities, regardless of purpose and type, may... Read More

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy
World Bank Group, 2016
The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand... Read More

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2016
In conflict-affected and high-risk areas, companies involved in mining and trade in minerals have the potential to generate income, growth and prosperity, sustain livelihoods and foster local development. In such situations, companies may also be at risk of contributing to or being associated with significant adverse impacts, including serious human... Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility and Natural Resource Conflict
Kylie McKenna (Routledge, 2016)
This book examines the possibilities and limitations of corporate social responsibility in minimising the violent conflict often associated with natural resource exploitation. Through detailed and penetrating empirical analysis, the author skilfully asks why previous corporate social responsibility practices have not always achieved their aims. This theme is explored though an... Read More


14 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.

Cambodia: Project Coordinator (Deadline: 2016-05-25)
11 May 2016 | Fauna & Flora International
Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest-established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. Read More

Sierra Leone: Social & Environmental Impact Assessment Expert (Consultant) (Deadline: 2016-05-27)
23 May 2016 | UNDP
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved the Project Identification Form (PIF) that was presented by UNDP on behalf of the Environment Protection Agency on “adapting to climate change induced coastal risks in Sierra Leone”. This project will be one of the key instruments for implementing the adaptation priorities identified... Read More

South Sudan: Food Security and Livelihood Program Manager (Deadline: 2016-05-29)
9 May 2016 | Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support... Read More

Cameroon: Head of Wildlife Crime Program (Deadline: 2016-05-29)
23 May 2016 | World Wildlife Fund for Nature
WWF, active in almost 100 countries, has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa for more than 20 years, with a focus on forest conservation through developing and managing protected areas, while promoting sustainable forestry practices and community conservation. Read More

Policy Analyst, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region (Deadline: 2016-05-31)
23 May 2016 | Enough Project
The Policy Analyst for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in Congo, as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. Read More

Lao Peoples Democratic Republic: Integrated Conservation Resource Management (Deadline: 2016-06-02)
11 May 2016 | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
The Hin Nam No National Protected Area (HNN NPA) has a unique karst landscape of outstanding importance for regional biodiversity. It is located in Bualapha District (Khammouane province), on the Lao-Vietnamese border. Around 22 villages with approx. Read More

Lebanon: Support to Ministry of Environment (Deadline: 2016-06-02)
23 May 2016 | UNDP
The Ministry of Environment (MoE) with support from the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has prepared the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Syrian Conflict & Priority interventions1 in 2014 and has ensured its integration as part of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) of 2016. Read More

Republic of the Congo: Park Director (Deadline: 2016-06-04)
11 May 2016 | Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. Read More

International News

Iraq/Kurdistan: Kurdistan Turns to the US and Others to Help Fund the Future of its Crude Oil [Audio]
23 May 2016 | S&P Global Platts
Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has been hard hit by the oil price plunge of late, but it is attempting to pull its oil industry out of the shadows and toward legitimacy. Discuss in this podcast is the state of Iraq's crude production and exports, the Kurdistan Regional Government-s efforts to... Read More

Myanmar: Communities Demand Regulation as Jade Mining Destroys Landscape
23 May 2016 | Htet Khaung Linn, Myanmar Now
Local activists and communities have also begun asking for changes in Myanmar's multi-billion dollar jade industry. They demand that authorities mitigate its heavy environmental impacts and offer communities some of the benefits. On March 25, 10 civil society organisations from Kachin and Yangon held a press conference in Hpakant calling... Read More

Israel/Palestine: Israeli Land Grabs Benefit Palestinians, State Tells High Court
22 May 2016 | Chaim Levinson, Haaretz
Landowners from Anata are demanding the state cancel order expropriating their lands for Ma'aleh Adumim, but the state says residents benefit from order by finding work in settlement's industrial zones. Read More

Liberia: President Sirleaf Launches E-Registration Platform; Commends Farmers for Making Liberia a Food Secured Nation
22 May 2016 | Executive Mansion
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Saturday launched Liberia’s e- Registration  Platform for farmers in the country and commanded them for  making the nation a food secured nation as compared to depending on the traditional  extractive  resources of rubber, iron ores  and timber in the development of the country. Read More

Conflict Minerals: EU Conflict Minerals Legislation Risks Being Quietly Shelved
20 May 2016 | Julian Hale, Equal Times
Since 2014 the European Union, which Global Witness calls a “major player” in the trade, has been working on a law aimed at getting manufacturers to stop buying those minerals that wind up in electronic devices such as mobile phones or laptops or other products such as engines or jewellery. Read More

DRC: Robin Wright Targets Congo's 'Conflict Minerals' Violence with New Campaign
17 May 2016 | Ed Pilkington, Guardian
House of Cards star Robin Wright has launched a campaign with Congolese and American activists to end the pillage of Congo’s vast mineral resources and break the cycle of devastating wars that have claimed more than five million lives. Read More

Afghanistan/China: Afghanistan Backs Beijing Stance on South China Sea
16 May 2016 | Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press
China on Monday said landlocked Afghanistan has expressed support for Beijing's stance on the South China Sea dispute, the latest country from outside the region to line up behind China's calls for bilateral talks on the issue. Read More

Mozambique: Mozambique Wrestles with Drought, Debt, Conflict
14 May 2016 | Anita Powell, Voice of America
Two years ago, the nation of Mozambique was riding high after a peaceful presidential election, the promise of offshore natural gas wealth, and what looked like an end to a long-simmering conflict that arose from decades of civil war. And then El Nino hit. Read More

Colombia: To Fight Deforestation, Replanting Eco-Awareness in Colombia
13 May 2016 | Eden Krsmanovic, City Paper Bogota
A recent report released by the Convention on Biological Diversity takes a critical look at the extent of the damage to Colombia’s native forests, and the news isn’t good. According to the Convention, 95% of the country’s land mass has been impacted by deforestation. Read More

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Border Fencing Escalates Pakistan-Afghanistan Tension
12 May 2016 | Al Jazeera
Tension at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has escalated over the fencing of a 2km area at the Torkham crossing which was stopped by the Afghan forces. The border crossing has been closed for three days and Pakistani officials have insisted that it will remain shut until Afghanistan takes back its objection... Read More

Iraq: Iraq to Stop Sunflower Seed Imports as Domestic Production Rises
12 May 2016 | Bloomberg, Khalid Al Ansary
Iraq will stop importing sunflower oil next year as domestic production is rising under a government plan to boost supplies of food staples. The government will sign a contract to buy sunflower oil from Iraq’s Etihad Food Industries, Qasim Hmoud, acting director general of the Ministry of Trade’s State Co. Read More

Food Security: Hunger, a Matter of Global Security
11 May 2016 | Enrique Yeves, Inter Press Service
Desperate, frustrated, and with little hope for the future, on 17h December 2010, the Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in petrol and set himself alight. Thus began the popular revolution that toppled the dictatorship of Zine El AbidineBen Ali, in power since 1987, and with it a domino effect that... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 13 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Following is a sampling:

Low Oil Prices Are Making Iraq's Political Crisis Worse
22 May 2016 | Shwan Zulal
Iraq is exporting around 3.3 million barrels of oil a day from Basrah in the south and around 500,000 barrels from the Kurdish region through Turkey. However, despite the record levels of export and production, the country’s finances are in a worse shape than a few years ago when production was... Read More

Protect Myanmar's Marine Resources from Being Pillaged to Point of No Return
20 May 2016 | Colin Poole
Literally out of sight, the country’s marine resources have been pillaged almost to the point of no return. Research data released in February of this year by the Norwegian government demonstrated a decline in Myanmar’s oceanic and coastal fish stocks of between 70-90% since the late 1980’s. Read More

Natural Resources, Plunder and Reparations in the DRC: How the ICJ is Setting Precedents
19 May 2016 | Eliana Cusato
What might reparations for the illegal exploitation of natural resources in armed conflict look like? This question may soon be answered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the final episode of its long-running Armed Activities Case. Read More

Oil Wars: Why Nations Aren’t Battling over Resources
19 May 2016 | Emily Meierding
When China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig sailed into waters off the Paracel Islands in May 2014, it provoked an international crisis. Hanoi insisted that the rig was operating illegally in Vietnamese territory. Both countries sent naval and fishing vessels to enforce their claims. Commentators predicted that the two states... Read More

Global Security Efforts Must be a Post-Paris Climate Imperative
18 May 2016 | Nick Mabey and Janani Vivekanada
It often feels as if the times we live in are unprecedented. Certainly, if we look back over the last 18 months, it is not hyperbole to describe the challenges the world has faced as such - from the Syrian conflict and the subsequent migration crisis, to the Ebola and... Read More

Partitioning Iraq: Make a Detailed Case, or Cease and Desist
16 May 2016 | Ben Connable
Iraq is once again in political turmoil, and once again we are hearing calls to partition the country into three ethno-sectarian cantonments: Shi’a, Sunni, and Kurd. The partition trope resurfaces periodically, most often while Iraq looks “too hard to fix.” Advocates of partition suggest that Iraq is a false construct of the... Read More

Water Wars: Known Unknowns in the South China Sea
13 May 2016 | Chris Mirasola
The USS William Lawrence conducted a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross Reef on Tuesday, May 10th. Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef is home to a 10,000-foot runway and substantial military and civilian infrastructure. Read More

How Climate Change is Driving Nigeria's Herdsmen Conflict
13 May 2016 | Chidi Oguamanam
Forging national unity has been a perennial challenge to Nigeria’s evolution as a country. Since independence from Britain 56 years ago, the country continues to weather severe existential storms that strike at its very core. These make national cohesion and political stability largely elusive. Read More

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