Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners

Author: 
Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Publisher: 
United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Year of Publication: 
2015

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This guide offers practical advice, drawing from decades of experience, on the mediation of natural resource conflicts. It aims to inform mediators and stakeholders addressing conflicts over natural resources — whether those disagreements are violent, have the potential to turn violent, or are part of a larger political struggle, including within a peace process. It draws on the field experiences of mediators and mediation experts. It also features lessons learned from UNEP's work on environmental diplomacy in different conflict affected countries, with a particular focus on how to use impartial technical knowledge to equalize stakeholder information in a mediation process. Helping to identify paths towards resolution through mediation and third-party involvement, the Guide can be applied for localized and transboundary conflicts, as well as natural resource disputes that arise in the context of broader peace negotiations.

ISBN: 978-92-807-3433-1

United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)