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Promoting the role of ecosystem management and natural resource governance is necessary to moving fragile societies onto pathways of resilience.

The connections between environmental issues and conflict are many and complex. Environmental factors themselves are rarely, if ever, the sole cause of violence. But natural resources and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflict in a variety of ways often obscured by more visible issues, such as ethnic tension and power politics. Our experts reveal the links among environmental change, natural resources and security. We also focus on what can be done about these links: namely, trying to better understand how peacebuilding practitioners, working in fragile states, can integrate climate risks and considerations into their work to ensure that it is sustainable and that it supports the transition from fragility to peace. 

  • Blog
    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    Digging Out of Conflict: Can Artisanal Mining Support Peacebuilding?

    We sit down with Alec Crawford to talk about the relationship between conflict and the artisanal mining sector, and to see if there are opportunities for it to operate alongside peacebuilding efforts.

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  • Blog
    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Conserving Biological Hotspots in Conflict-Affected Democratic Republic of Congo

    Maiko National Park, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is so remote that the park’s northern edge can only be reached by a seven-day walk through thick, inhospitable forest.

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  • Commentary
    Building Transboundary Water Security

    Building Transboundary Water Security

    This article highlights a new generation of transboundary agreements that aim to integrate wider freshwater benefits, notably ecosystem functions. It also points to the need for holistic approaches to freshwater management moving forward, as countries turn towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Toolkit
    Migration and Conservation: A toolkit for conservation and development practitioners

    Migration and Conservation: A toolkit for conservation and development practitioners

    This toolkit helps conservation practitioners assess the impacts of human migration on critical ecosystems.

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  • Blog
    How Should Conservation Actors Approach Migration?

    How Should Conservation Actors Approach Migration?

    Migration has always been an important strategy for coping with variability and change in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

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  • Report
    Migration and Conservation in the Misotshi-Kabogo Ecosystem

    Migration and Conservation in the Misotshi-Kabogo Ecosystem

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the...

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  • Report
    Human Migration and Ecosystems: Insights from the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa

    Human Migration and Ecosystems: Insights from the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa

    For centuries, people in east and central Africa have used migration as a strategy to respond to shocks, sustain livelihoods and adapt to changes...

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  • Paper
    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District, as migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities.

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    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem

    Migration and Conservation in the Lake Albert Ecosystem

    Migration is playing a significant role in the deterioration of the Lake Albert ecosystem in Buliisa District, as migrants, mainly coming from neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pulled to the region by the economic opportunities.

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    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem (Policy Brief)

    Human migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the overexploitation of key natural resources in the Bale Mountains ecosystem, to the detriment of conservation and traditional livelihoods.

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