What's next for environmental peacebuilding? Lessons learned and opportunities from conflict-affected states

 This event explores lessons and opportunities from conflict-affected states.

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17 February 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

What's Next for Environmental Peacebuilding?

— This event explores lessons and opportunities from conflict-affected states.

In the field of peacebuilding, scholars and policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of environmental restoration, afforestation and infrastructural renewal for creating the sustainable livelihoods necessary for successful peacebuilding efforts.

Featuring academics writing for International Affairs on environmental peacebuilding in Colombia, Yemen and the Sahel, this webinar discusses the policy implications of the turn to environmental peacebuilding.

This event is part of the Chatham House’s Environment and Society Discussion Series in which the Energy Environment and Resources Programme brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss key issues in environmental policy.

In particular, this event focuses on the role of environmental peacebuilding in creating sustainable livelihoods. From the impact the destruction of infrastructure can have on poverty as a driver of conflict, to the role environmental peacebuilding can play in bringing communities together by creating sustainable shared spaces of employment, the importance of the environmental livelihood creation is difficult to overstate.

Panellists focus on how policymakers can best encourage inclusive and sustainable livelihood creation and on addressing the key challenges such approaches face in the context of environmental peacebuilding efforts.


Héctor Morales-Muñoz is a research fellow at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the Alliance of Bioversity International— CIAT. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Ousseyni Kalilou has worked as a partner scientist on the research project ‘Climate change and security in the UN Security Council’ at IFSH-Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg.

Erika Weinthal is a Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security.

Chair: Oli Brown is an Associate Fellow with Chatham House’s Energy, Environment and Resources Programme working to address the environmental causes and consequences of conflicts and disasters.

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