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Overview of the Links between the Environment, Conflict and Peace

Issues Brief: Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention
The way that we access and use natural resources can cause, trigger or drive violent conflict within states and across sub-regions. But the natural environment can also provide a constructive avenue for conflict prevention and peace-building.
Natural resources are vital to livelihoods, exports and growth, but they can also drive or exacerbate tensions both among groups and communities and/or between states. It is estimated that 17 violent conflicts between 1990 and 2002 centred on the exploitation of natural resources, and that nine of these were in Africa.

This issues brief draws on research conducted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development for the CPDC and on discussions at a CPDC workshop hosted by the Swedish International Development Agency in February 2005. The drafting was then led by the CPDC Secretariat.

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Author(s)International Institute for Sustainable Development and DAC Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation (CPDC)
PublisherOECD
Place publishedParis
Date / Journal Vol No.2005
Pages14
 

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