Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 63: 7 Jun 2016


Call for Papers: Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (July 2017 Publication)
16 July 2016 | Greenleaf Publishing
We are inviting contributions to the Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (BPSD) Journal from Greenleaf Publishing. Read More


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

Conference on Water in Conflicts

14 June 2016 | Geneva Water Hub and the Platform for International Water Law, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The Conference on “Water in Conflicts” will present the results of the Geneva Water Hub Expert Roundtable on the “Protection of Water During and After Armed Conflicts.” The speakers will discuss the use of water as a strategy and weapon of war in the current conflict in the Middle East. Read More

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners Short Course

20 June 2016 – 24 June 2016 | International Development University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Bringing together key strengths in water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, this course will provide participants with an exceptional chance to acquire an understanding of this key global issue. 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


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:

War in the Treasury of the People: Afghanistan, Lapis Lazuli and the Battle for Mineral Wealth
Global Witness, 2016
The mines of the rugged northeastern province of Badakhshan are one of the richest assets of the Afghan people, an extraordinary national treasure that should be a powerful resource for development. Instead, as a two-year investigation reveals, they are a major source of conflict and grievance, supply millions of dollars... Read More

A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance
Javed Noorani and Lien de Brouckere (Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, 2016)
This issue paper aims to examine the role and governance of the extractive sector in the economic development of Afghanistan. Specifically, the paper first addresses the threshold question as to whether, and if so, how the extractive sector can support economic development in Afghanistan without creating or contributing to conflict. Read More

The Afghan Opiate Trade and Africa
UNODC, 2016
This report presents a “Baseline Assessment” of the illicit Afghan opiate trafficking situation in Africa, with a focus on heroin trafficking along the southern route out of Afghanistan into, through, and from Africa. The main objective of this report is to provide an initial evidence base to support policymakers and... Read More

Before the Paris Conference: The State of Afghanistan’s Climate and its Adaption Capability
Thomas Ruttig and Ryskeldi Satke (Afghanistan Analysts Network, 2015)
Climate change is already having a severe impact on Afghans’ daily lives – but this challenge is often over-shadowed by what seem to be more-urgent problems: war and the economic crisis. Therefore, the reports submitted by the Afghan government for the Paris climate conference starting today, 30 November 2015 (and... Read More

Assembling Evidence for a Land and Property Restitution Database during the Syrian Civil War
Jon Unruh (World Bank, 2016)
The enormity of the refugee population generated by the Syrian civil war will present significant dilemmas for land and property restitution once the war ends. While postwar mass claims programs are widely applied and comprise a variety of valuable techniques, they also have a number of highly problematic flaws. Read More

Entre sécurisation de l’environnement et environnementalisation de la sécurité: Le défi de la sécurité environnementale à l’ONU
(Between Securitization of the Environment and Environmentalization of Security: The Challenge of Environmental Security for the United Nations)
Lucile Maertens (SciencesPo, 2016)
Le deuxième volume du cinquième rapport du Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) consacre, pour la première fois en 2014, un chapitre intégral à la sécurité humaine. Alors que l’abondance des études recensées dans ce rapport montre l’intérêt considérable que suscite la question des impacts sécuritaires du changement climatique, le rapprochement... Read More

How to Integrate Climate and Conflict Risks in Development Cooperation – Experiences and Lessons Learnt
Maria-Therese Gustafsson (Stockholm University, 2016)
There is broad agreement among practitioners and scholars that the combined task of responding to climate induced security risks requires ‘integrated approaches’. While development organisations have started to integrate the security implications of climate change into high-level policies, there are still important obstacles to effective implementation. Read More

A Coming Anarchy? Pathways from Climate Change to Violent Conflict in East Africa
Sebastian van Baalen and Malin Mobjork (Stockholm University, 2016)
The warming of the climate system is unequivocal according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and will have a strong impact on the security of humans and states alike. In the past half-century the climate system has changed in unprecedented ways and future climate change and variability will... Read More


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

Somalia: Water Supply Expert (Deadline: 2016-06-10)
23 May 2016 | CTG Global
CTG Global is a managed service company specializing in Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Human Resources support services and Monitoring & Evaluation in post-disaster and post-conflict countries around the world. CTG Global provides services to humanitarian organizations, government, non-governmental organizations and corporates that enables public and private sectors to focus on their... Read More

Mali: Director of Park and Zoo (Deadline: 2016-06-10)
4 June 2016 | Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which was founded in 1988, is registered in Geneva, Switzerland, as a private, non-denominational, philanthropic foundation. It is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of institutions created by His Highness The Aga Khan, with distinct yet complementary... Read More

Liberia: Agronomist (Deadline: 2016-06-18)
4 June 2016 | ArcelorMIttal
ArcelorMittal Liberia’s (AML) and IDH’s cooperation in the Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BCP), as part of the IDH Liberia Smallholder Production and Forest Protection program, is focused on the terrestrial biological environment (soils, plants and animals) but addresses them through measures that are technical or socio-economic according to the needs perceived... Read More

International News

Afghanistan: Afghan Government Money Reaching Taliban through Marble Trade
3 June 2016 | Sune Engel, The Guardian
Intent on maintaining a marble industry, government buys stone from firms who in turn pay fees and taxes to Taliban. Read More

Climate Change: At Security Council, Climate Change Cited among Factors Impacting Stability in Sahel
2 June 2016 | Climate Diplomacy
At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict. Read More

Ogoniland/Nigeria: A Future for Ogoniland
2 June 2016 | UNEP
Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Launch of the Ogoniland Clean-up and Restoration Programme Read More

South Sudan: South Sudan’s Oil Fields are Becoming a Wildlife Trafficking Hotspot
2 June 2016 | Jason Patinkin, Quartz Africa
South Sudan’s oil industry, plagued by violence, corruption allegations, and environmental ruin, faces another crisis: the smuggling of illegal wildlife products. Read More

DRC: The Paradox of Congo: How the World’s Wealthiest Country Became Home to the World’s Poorest People
28 May 2016 | Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the vast majority of people live in extreme poverty, earning only around $400 a year. The country is reeling from instability, hunger, and disease. One in seven children dies before they turn 5 years old. Read More

Myanmar: Fearing Extreme Weather, Farmers Scale Back Rice Cultivation
28 May 2016 | Phyo Thiha Cho, Myanmar Now
The Irrawaddy Delta is home to millions of subsistence farmers whose income and food security relies on their annual harvest, and to a lesser extent fishing. The drop in rice production follows the devastating impact of Cyclone Komen, which ravaged the agricultural sector with heavy flooding in 12 out of... Read More

Afghanistan: Taliban Instability Could Fuel Opium Trade
26 May 2016 | Justin Rowlatt, BBC News
Mullah Mansour, Afghan Taliban leader and the commander of a militia of thousands of men, died a lonely death. US President Barack Obama described his death as an "important milestone," but disentangling what it actually marks is not straightforward. The most obvious question is what it will mean for the Taliban. Read More

Iraq/Kurdistan: Why Kurdistan Can't Sell Its Oil
26 May 2016 | Seth J. Frantzman, National Interest
In an interview published in February 2015, Donnie Macdonald, the president of oil giant Chevron’s operations in Iraq, had glowing praise for the Kurdistan autonomous region in north of the country. “The Kurdistan region is still relatively under-explored and we believe the region has potential to become a prominent player... Read More

Blogs & Opinion

In the last two weeks, 21 blogs & opinion pieces on environmental peacebuilding were posted on our website. Following is a sampling:

Kurdistan Financial Crisis: Replacing Oil with Agriculture for Prosperity and Independence
4 June 2016 | Glenn Field, Rudaw
In the midst of Iraqi Kurdistan’s economic crisis, the region is in desperate need of alternative sources for revenue other than their oil and gas industry, which has struggled while at the mercy of the international market. Read More

Over 1,200 Companies File Conflict Minerals Reports with the SEC
3 June 2016 | Enough Team
Enough Project has been tracking the SEC conflict minerals reports since they began rolling in. Among the things they are looking at is who is filing an Independent Private Sector Audit (IPSA) for the 2015 reporting year.  Read More

Event Report: Addressing the Environmental Dimensions of Armed Conflict to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
2 June 2016 | Jessica Dorsey
During UNEA-2, the TRW Network partnered with Zoi Environment Network, The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Norwegian People’s Aid on a ‘Green Room’ side event on conflict and the environment. UNEA’s Green Room events are a series of side events primarily for civil society, with a view toward sharing experiences and... Read More

Lee on Young and Goldman, 'Livelihoods, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding'
1 June 2016 | SungYong Lee
The linkage between environment, conflict, and peacebuilding is no longer a new agenda. This topic, which was once treated as a niche area, has quickly moved into mainstream academic discussions since the early 2000s. Read More

The Folly of Lobbying to Carve Up Iraq
31 May 2016 | Luay al-Khatteeb
"It was the Kurds," wrote Thomas Friedman in 2014, "who used the window of freedom we opened for them to overcome internal divisions, start to reform their once Sopranos-like politics and create a vibrant economy that is now throwing up skyscrapers and colleges." Read More

Fix Mideast Water Crisis to Advance Peace Process
28 May 2016 | Munqeth Mehyar, Nader Khateeb, and Gidon Bromberg
Despite continuing disputes over settlements, Jerusalem, borders, and refugees, there is at least one problem on which Arabs and Israelis can still make progress — water. Read More

UNEA-2 Passes Most Significant Resolution on Conflict and the Environment since 1992
28 May 2016 | Doug Weir
After five months of negotiations, a resolution from Ukraine on the protection of the environment in areas affected by armed conflict has been approved by consensus at the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi. Read More

Why Do Land Grabs Happen? Because They Can
28 May 2016 | Michael Kugelman
In January, over the objections of indigenous groups that live there, the government of Ecuador sold oil exploration rights to 500,000 acres of the Amazon to a consortium of Chinese companies. Whenever we hear about stories like this, there is a tendency to think: How can this happen? How can obscenely rich... Read More

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