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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. 

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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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    Climate Change and State Fragility in the Sahel

    Climate Change and State Fragility in the Sahel

    Temperatures in the Sahel have risen by nearly 1°C since 1970, at a rate nearly twice the global average. The region faces increasingly variable...

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    Accessing and Using Climate Data and Information in Fragile, Data-Poor States

    Accessing and Using Climate Data and Information in Fragile, Data-Poor States

    The vulnerability of populations in fragile states to weather and climate variability is typically much higher than in other countries. These...

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    Promoting Climate-Resilient Peacebuilding in Fragile States

    Promoting Climate-Resilient Peacebuilding in Fragile States

    Efforts to help fragile states move onto a path toward stability and sustainability continue to face enormous challenges.Climate change is one of...

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    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem

    Migration and Conservation in the Bale Mountains Ecosystem

    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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    CSC Stories: Supporting Community Conservation in Kahuzi Biega National Park

    CSC Stories: Supporting Community Conservation in Kahuzi Biega National Park

    A short profile of work by IISD and the Wildlife Conservation Society to reduce people-park conflicts by strengthening community involvement in...

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    CSC Stories: Developing Conflict-Sensitive Management Strategies in Public-Private Conservation Concession in the Amazon

    CSC Stories: Developing Conflict-Sensitive Management Strategies in Public-Private Conservation Concession in the Amazon

    A short profile of efforts to reduce social conflicts around the Los Amigos Conservation Concession in the Peruvian Amazon by incorporating the...

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    CSC Stories: Restoring the Lake Edward Fishery in Virunga National Park

    CSC Stories: Restoring the Lake Edward Fishery in Virunga National Park

    A short profile of efforts by IISD and the Wildlife Conservation Society to address the impacts of conflict on the Lake Edward fishery in Virunga...

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    Conservation and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

    Conservation and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

    Conservation is an intensely political exercise and can be heavily contested.It inherently involves limiting or controlling the access to natural...

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