Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Environment and Peace

Environment and peace are cross-cutting and relevant in all areas of conservation, sustainable development and security. The Theme on Environment and Peace focuses on the integration of natural resource management in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and recovery to build resilience in communities affected by conflict. The theme is constituted on the understanding that building more effective environmental governance and policy can reduce conflict and ensure security from local to global levels. By reducing conflict and conflict potential and by strengthening environmental security we lay the ground for enduring social and environmental sustainability. As an international expert and volunteer driven network, the theme provides a platform for practitioners all around the world to share information, collaborate and innovate across the field. We bring together leading scientific and local knowledge, aimed at addressing social conflicts around conservation, resource use and activities that damage environments and ecosystems.
Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Theme Chairs
Elaine Hsiao, Chair - Theme on Environment and Peace Galeo Saintz, Chair - Theme on Environment and Peace

Elaine Hsiao
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Galeo Saintz
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Main Areas of Work

The Theme on Environment and Peace seeks to strengthen the IUCN’s work in the following five areas:

1. SOCIAL CONFLICTS & PEACE

  • We address social conflicts and peace through inclusion, diversity, access, just conservation.

  • Transforming natural resource-based social conflicts (i.e., regarding access to and competing interests)

  • Transforming social conflicts involving indigenous peoples and local communities (i.e., impacts of conservation)

  • Transforming identity-based conflicts that relate to environment, natural resources or conservation

    2. SECURITY & PEACE

  • Security is encouraged through resilience, livelihoods and access to resources

  • Natural resource security in situations of conflict

  • Livelihood and economic security of vulnerable communities affected by the impacts of humans on the environment (i.e., development, extraction)

  • Building resilience of communities affected by (environmental) conflict


    3. ECOLOGICAL CONFLICTS & PEACE

  • Through advocating coexistence, rule of law, monitoring and appropriate use of technology in conservation practice

  • Transforming human-wildlife interactions

  • Transforming unsustainable human activities: development, extraction, poaching, endangerment of species, climate change, etc.


    4. PEACEBUILDING

  • Culture or Ethic of Peace and the Environment

  • Activities and strategies


    5. CONFLICT RESOLUTION

  • Rights-based approaches to conservation

  • Conflict prevention and transformation

  • Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Addressing wildlife trade and biodiversity threats - CITES / Wildlife Wars / Ecocide

We achieve this by:

  • Promoting the prevention, management and resolution of social conflict as a key requirement for conservation and management of ecosystems
  • Supporting action that reduces conflict and strengthens security through collaborating with the IUCN secretariat, members and commissions and other partner organizations

  • Supporting the establishment of inclusive multi-stakeholder platforms, including experts in conflict management and prevention; bringing together scientific and local knowledge, aimed at addressing social conflicts around conservation, resource use and activities that damage environments and ecosystems

  • Sharing and contributing knowledge to increase understanding on environmental policies and action that reduce conflict and improve security

 

Publications

 

Projects
We are working on a number of exciting projects and there are many opportunities for members to get directly involved!

Internal Review

  • An internal review of the IUCN's work on peace and conflict, is progressing. Completion date: end of 2018.

Task Force on Environmental Change and Migration

  • We have created a new Task Force on Environmental Change and Migration, co-led by TEP member Richard Matthew. This will enhance knowledge on interlinkages, drivers and impacts of environmental change, conflict and migration (human and other species). The Task Force currently has over 30 interdisciplinary members.

Documenting Human Migrations

  • Convening a multi-member creative team to produce an educational storytelling piece documenting the intersections of human migration with environmental change or wildlife conflict. Possible focus on the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. This is in collaboration with the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Whakatane Mechanism

 

Join the Theme on Environment and Peace
Engage, network and collaborate with over 90 members from the Theme and an additional 30+ members in the Task Force on Environmental Change and Migration.

  • Join leading scientific and local knowledge experts and practitioners, actively addressing social conflicts around conservation, resource use and activities that damage environments and ecosystems.

  • Help build more effective environmental governance and policy to help reduce conflict and ensure security from local to global levels. Collaborate to reduce conflict and conflict potential and strengthen environmental security that underpins ecological sustainability.

  • Make an impact on the work and thinking of IUCN and the policy arenas in which it is active, by bringing your expertise and experience to shape this theme’s work.

How to Join
To join the Theme on Environment and Peace, you will need to become a member of CEESP and indicate your interest in our Theme.  Join CEESP here.

Get in touch
We invite anyone with any questions or interest in developing partnerships and collaborations to contact us directly at: IUCN.Environment.Peace@gmail.com

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