Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace - Natural resources and the environment as a vehicle for peace

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11 Feb 2019

Starting on 11 February 2019, SDG Academy and UN Environment, in collaboration with UNDP, the Environmental Law Institute, UC Irvine, the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and Duke University, are offering an 8-week online training course on "Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace". This course provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment.



Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics. These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies. It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

A video describing the course in more detail is available at the following link.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with:

  • How natural resources and the environment impact conflict
  • How conflict harms natural resources and the environment
  • How natural resources and the environment support peacebuilding
  • How to assess and address the relationship between natural resources and conflict

​​​The complete syllabus can be found on the course website.


Target Participants

Peace and security specialists, natural resource experts, sustainable development practitioners, and advanced undegraduate and graduate students.



​Please register for the course at the link below. The course is in English; video transcripts will be provided in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.



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