Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

 

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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.

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Author(s): Klaus Töpfer
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Author(s): David Jensen, Steve Lonergan

 

Part 1: Post-Conflict Environmental Assessments

 

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Author(s): David Jensen
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Author(s): Ken Conca, Jennifer Wallace
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Author(s): Annica Waleij, Birgitta Liljedahl, Bjorn Sandström, Louise Simonsson
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Author(s): Achim Maas, Alexander Carius

 

Part 2: Remediation of Environmental Hot Spots

 

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Author(s): Chad Briggs, Inka Weissbecker
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Author(s): Hannah Moosa, Muralee Thummarukudy, Oli Brown
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Author(s): Mario Burger
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Author(s): Nao Shimoyachi-Yuzawa

 

Part 3: Restoration of Natural Resources and Ecosystems

 

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Author(s): Aïda Tamer-Chammas
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Author(s): Steve Lonergan
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Author(s): Lucile Gingembre
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Author(s): Anne Hammill, Richard A. Matthew

 

Part 4: Environmental Dimensions of Infrastructure and Reconstruction

 

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Author(s): P.B. Anand
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Author(s): Charles John Kelly
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Author(s): George Bouma
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Author(s): Oli Brown, Haddijatou Jallow, Morgan Hauptfleisch, Peter Tarr
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Author(s): Carl Bruch, Ross Wolfarth, Vladislav Michalcik
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Author(s): Mikiyasu Nakayama
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Author(s): Jon Unruh, Mourad Shalaby
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Author(s): Juha I. Uitto, Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan

 

Part 5: Lessons Learned

 

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Author(s): David Jensen, Steve Lonergan