UNEP is partnering with the Environmental Law Institute, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), McGill University and the University of Tokyo on a major global research programme to identify best practice in managing natural resources to support peacebuilding.

The research will yield more than 150 peer-reviewed case studies and analyses by 230 scholars, practitioners, and decision makers covering 50 post-conflict countries. This material is being assembled into a set of six edited books, to be published by Earthscan, addressing: (1) high-value natural resources; (2) land; (3) water; (4) resources for livelihoods; (5) assessment and restoration of natural resources; and (6) governance. In addition, a synthesis volume will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2012.

The series documents and analyzes post-conflict natural resource management successes, failures and ongoing efforts in more than 55 conflict-affected countries.

The first book, High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, was released in November 2011. Edited by Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad and published with the assistance of PRIO, it includes a foreword by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

The lessons learned from the research programme will form the basis for future UN training and policy development.

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Environmental Law Institute

David Jensen, ECP Programme Coordinator: david.jensen@unep.org