NEW global knowledge platform for environmental peacebuilding
By EEC on 06 Nov 2013
UNEP, ELI, and partners launch global knowledge platform for environmental peacebuilding
A new website providing users with free access to dozens of case studies as well as teaching and training materials on the role of natural resources in peacebuilding was launched by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Tokyo, and McGill University today.
Launched on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, the website will serve as a global platform for sharing information, experiences, and learning on the linkages between natural resources, conflict, and peace.
“A key goal of the Environmental Peacebuilding platform is to provide resources to decision-makers, practitioners and researchers on how to improve peacebuilding through more effective natural resource management,” said UNEP Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General Achim Steiner.
The contents of the site were produced as part of a broad collaboration led by ELI, UNEP, McGill University, and the University of Tokyo, together with 225 researchers and practitioners around the world. Six books including 150 case studies and other analyses examining experiences from 60 conflict-affected countries and territories are being released to the platform, with 76 case studies already available online.
The knowledge platform is available at www.environmentalpeacebuilding.org
The six books produced through the Global Research Programme can be purchased online; each chapter is available for download free of charge six months after its original publication date.