Keynote Speaker

  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Organizer: Environmental Law Institute
  • Theme: Improving resilience and disaster preparedness
  • Perspective: Conflict-affected countries
  • Language: english
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All SD-Learning courses will be held at Room T-7 at the Major Groups/Side events pavilion at the RioCentro Convention Center. More information can be found at our Logistics page.

Sustainable management of Natural Resources to support Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Natural resources are essential to building resilience and peace in post-conflict countries. However, after conflict, rapidly changing political, social, and economics conditions present substantial challenges to natural resource management. Building resilience in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries depends on more effectively managing and sharing the benefits of natural resources after conflict.

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practices of managing natural resources to support post-conflict peacebuilding. It draws upon four years of research and more than 150 case studies and analyses developed by over 225 practitioners and researchers around the world. The four-year research program and the SD-Learning course based on it answer a call by the UN Secretary-General for increased focus on the links between natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding.

In the course, we will examine how natural resources factor into the cause of, conduct during, and conclusion of armed conflict. The course will consider the role that natural resources play in the negotiation of peace agreements and how natural resources frequently contribute to and otherwise affect specific aspects of post-conflict peacebuilding, including reintegration of former combatants, peacekeeping operations, enhancement of livelihoods, macroeconomic growth, rebuilding governance, and fostering cooperation and dialogue. Discussion will highlight how post-conflict settings are different from those settings not affected by conflict, and what these differences mean for managing natural resources to build resilience. A range of methods will be employed during the course, including presentations, facilitated discussions, brainstorming exercises, and case studies.


Natural resources play a central role in armed conflict and in facilitating t


The course will aim to:

1) Provide a basic understanding of the role natural resource play in post-conflict peacebuilding. We will examine a variety of resources and peacebuilding activities, highlighting interactions between


The course will be divided into six sections which examine: how natural resource factor into the cause of, conduct during, and end of armed conflict; how natur


The course will include a combination of presentations, facilitated discussions, brainstorming sessions, and case studies.

Ice breakers and introductions at the beginning of the course will be used to develop an understanding


Experience demonstrates that natural resources are essential to building resilience and peace in post-

Keynote Speaker
Ms. Haddijatou Jallow, Head of Sierra Leone’s Environment Protection Agency

Instructor 1
Carl Bruch (Environmental Law Institute)
Carl Bruch is a senior attorney and co-director of international programs at the Environmental
Instructor 2
Arthur Green (Chair of the Department of Geography & Earth and Environmental Science at Okanagan Col (Oknagan College)
Arthur Green is a professional educator and researcher with co
Instructor 3
Allan Cain ()
Allan Cain is an architect and specialist in project planning and urbanization. He ha
Instructor 4
Sophie Ravier (United Nations Department of Field Support)
Sophie Ravier is the Environmental
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