Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-conflict Peacebuilding

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David Jensen, Stephen Colnon Lonergan
Routledge, 2012 - Law - 515 pages

When a country emerges from violent conflict, the management of the environment and natural resources has important implications for short-term peacebuilding and long-term stability, particularly if natural resources were a factor in the conflict, play a major role in the national economy, or broadly support livelihoods. Only recently, however, have the assessment, harnessing, and restoration of the natural resource base become essential components of postconflict peacebuilding.

This book, by thirty-five authors, examines the experiences of more than twenty countries and territories in assessing post-conflict environmental damage and natural resource degradation and their implications for human health, livelihoods, and security. The book also illustrates how an understanding of both the risks and opportunities associated with natural resources can help decision makers manage natural resources in ways that create jobs, sustain livelihoods, and contribute to economic recovery and reconciliation, without creating new grievances or significant environmental degradation. Finally, the book offers lessons from the remediation of environmental hot spots, restoration of damaged ecosystems, and reconstruction of the environmental services and infrastructure necessary for a sustainable peace.

Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding is part of a global initiative to identify and analyze lessons in post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resource management. The project has generated six books of case studies and analyses, with contributions by practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. Other books address highvalue resources, land, water, livelihoods, and governance.


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Being a Citizen of a post conflict country ( Sri Lanka) and an environmentalist by profession the title it self is a big resource for me. I have glance through the book.It has given me a big enstusiasm for my already started research under the gudance of Professor Sarath Kotagama in which I have started to studdy the relation ship between the wetlands of the Jaffan Distrcit ( The Northern city of Sri lanka) and the Winter migrants of the same area.
My priliminiary observation and the records for the migratory season 2012\2013 has reveal answers for many questions in the mean time it is the basis for some more questions which need more answer.
I call all the post conflict country sicitnist to unite togther to protect the wetlands and migratory birds of the whole world


David Jensen and Steve Lonergan
Postconflict environmental assessments
Remediation of environmental hot spots
Restoration of natural resources and ecosystems
Environmental dimensions of infrastructure and reconstruction
Lessons learned

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David Jensen manages the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding Programme of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Steve Lonergan is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria and former director of the UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment.

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