In order to help address escalating violence, UN Environment has launched the UN Initiative for Environmental Defenders. This brief analyses the initiative and looks into how member states can support peace by engaging in environmental diplomacy, with a focus on Brazil.
Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.
Blood Timber is a report by global witness which reveals how logging companies in the Central African Republic have paid millions of euros into the hands of rebels guilty of mass murder, kidnappings, rapes and the forced recruitment of child soldiers. It also finds that the EU is complicit in these actions because of their intensive trade relations. The report therefore calls on the EU and its member states to cut all trade and aid links to CAR’s logging industry, which continues to be a source of instability as the African country struggles to restore peace.
Lots of Words, Little Action. Will the private sector tip the scales for community land rights?. Annual Review 2013–2014. Washington, D.C.
Setting priorities to avoid deforestation in Amazon protected areas: are we choosing the right indicators?, Environmental Research Letters, 8, 1-7.
Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Environmental Change & Security Program Report 14, 2. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Missing the Poorest for the Trees? REDD+ and the Links between Forestry, Resilience and Peacebuilding. London School of Economics, International Alert.
Dispute or Dialogue? Community perspectives oncompany-led grievance mechanisms. International Institute for Environment and Development.
Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Africa and Their Relevance for REDD+. USAID and FCMC. Washington: DC.
The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities. Suppoted by the European Union and the Governments of the Netherlands and Finland.