On September 17-18, 2007, the CEL Specialist Group on Armed Conflict and the Environment co-convened an international meeting on "Managing Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Societies: Lessons in Making the Transition to Peace."
Approximately 35 people participated in the meeting, which was held in Geneva in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. Co-Chairs Carl Bruch and Michael Bothe led the meeting, with Hassan Partow from UNEP. CEL Steering Committee Member Nawzat Ali also participated. The meeting identified a range of post-conflict countries in which natural resources played an important role in peacebuilding and recovery. The participants shared observations regarding lessons learned and considered a range of follow-up actions to improve post-conflict management of natural resources, particularly as it relates to peacebuilding. The discussions from the meeting will frame the analysis that the Specialist Group is undertaking on post-conflict natural resources management.