Press release

Natural Resource Management Critical to Peacebuilding

February 19, 2009

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, says UNEP Report

Nairobi, February 20, 2009 – Intrastate conflicts are likely to drag on and escalate without a greater focus on environment and natural resources in the peacebuilding process, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The report is co-authored by IISD senior fellow Richard Matthew, IISD program manager Oli Brown and David Jensen of UNEP's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB).

For more information, please download UNEP's media release (PDF - 99 kb) and read the report
(PDF - 1 mb)

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