Post-Conflict Peace-Building and Natural Resource Management Conference


“Where resource exploitation has driven war, or served to impede peace, improving governance capacity to control natural resources is a critical element of peace-building.” - Carolyn McAskie, UN Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), UNEP, University of Tokyo, and McGill University are developing a series of six edited volumes over the next year that assess experiences in strengthening post-conflict peace-building through natural resource management. In presenting the findings from a four-year research project “Post-Conflict Peace-Building and Natural Resource Management,” the Earth Institute at Columbia University is hosting a day-long event to explore the lessons learned and main findings.

The books include more than 150 case studies and other analyses by 225 researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from multiple disciplines—including high value resources, land, assessment and restoration, water, sustainable livelihoods, and governance.

In the spirit of bringing best practices to scale, the series of panel discussions and roundtables will examine key findings in the aim of defining a contextual foundation for advancing critical research, developing new training and teaching tools, and creating frameworks and lessons learned for government officials, international organizations, and conflict resolution practitioners.

Information about the conference can be found below:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director, The Earth Institute
Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A full agenda will be sent to registered participants. Please register by April 13th, 2012 through this site:

The conference will be hosted by Professor Marc Levy of Columbia University, Carl Bruch, Co-Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute, David Jensen of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, and include presentations and discussions from over 25 authors of the case studies and researchers and professors from Columbia University.

Links to the partners:
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Advanced Consortium for Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity (AC4)
Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network (CIESIN)
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
United Nations Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB)
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
McGill University