Natural Resources and Peacebuilding

Natural Resources and Peacebuilding
Partners: The Earth Institute, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with University of Tokyo and McGill University.
Purpose: To share interdisciplinary and innovative perspectives on managing natural resources as part of efforts to stabilize countries after conflict.



Natural resources, including oil, minerals, land, timber and water, are at the center of many countries’ conflicts. Effective, just and sustainable management of those resources is an essential component in restoring stability and fostering well-being. Here, Earth Institute researchers, partners and experts in the international peacebuilding community offer their views on managing natural resources to build peace—on topics such as land reform or delivery of water services, and in consideration of complexities added by climate change impacts, rapid population growth and globalization.

New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

by | 6.9.2014 at 3:08pm
How does environmental degradation pose risks to program design and investments?  Learn more about Earth Institute research in fragile states this fall. Photo: Alex Fischer

The Earth Institute is launching a new interdisciplinary seminar to help business and policy leaders better understand the connections between environmental stresses, natural resources and conflicts.

Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

by | 6.2.2014 at 6:40pm
http://www.cip.gouv.ht/

Until last month, Haitians had no way to search online to find the location of government offices. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Earth Institute and Haiti’s government, there’s a registry of every government office accessible online and on mobile devices.

Skill-based Volunteerism by Lawyers in Haiti

by | 4.24.2014 at 6:35pm
Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste

Three distinguished lawyers spoke about their experiences with pro-bono work in Haiti at the latest session in the Haiti Dialog Series, run by the Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development.

SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

by | 1.13.2014 at 7:32pm
surtab

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider currently operating in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania regions.

Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

by | 1.9.2014 at 5:15pm | 1 Comment
Picture of flood infrastructure. Haiti has high risk for flooding.

The fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan after the 2010 earthquake and featured Frantz Verella, the former minister of public works, transportation and communication of the government of Haiti.

Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

by | 10.4.2013 at 3:54pm
From left to right: Haiti Research and Policy Program Director Tatiana Wah, Liberian Minister of Finance Amara Konneh, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and CGSD Director Glenn Denning

On Sept. 27, the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti, Amara Konneh, minister of finance of the Republic of Liberia, and Saidu Nallo, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone, for a high-level discussion on the realities and needs of fragile states under the New Deal for aid effectiveness.

Identifying Capacity Building Needs for the Government of Haiti

by | 5.16.2013 at 2:05pm
The Earth Institute (EI) implemented the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) in the Port-à-Piment Watershed. The LDSF is a tested methodology to obtain accurate information on soil characteristics and properties. The EI trained faculty and students from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) in order to conduct the fieldwork and data processing. Photo Credit: CIESIN

The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed two distinguished speakers as part of the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series to discuss government capacity building and national monitoring systems for government funded programs.

Overcoming Challenges to Local Development in Haiti

by | 2.26.2013 at 5:09pm | 1 Comment
The maintenance and management of local water systems is frequently the responsibility of the municipal councils and community water committees. The local municipal council report using their limited budget to support repairs and upgrades of these systems but never have sufficient funds. Photo:CIESIN

Haiti Dialogue Series: Should funds be more effectively channeled through the Haitian government, a decentralized finance program could help streamline financing and reinforce local government planning efforts. As part of the Haiti Research and Policy Program dialogue series, Tatiana Wah was joined by Leslie Pean to discuss possible approaches to achieving the call for decentralization in Haiti that has been a part of the country’s development plans for decades, with renewed efforts after the 2010 earthquake. Most current international aid and development funding circumvents the government ministries at the national level. The lack of dedicated local budgets, as well as a weak incentive structure to attract or retain skilled professionals who are capable of complex governance, is a considerable hurdle for any decentralization proposal in Haiti.

Author: Haiti Relief Lacking in Long-Term Solutions

by | 2.21.2013 at 2:27pm | 1 Comment
The 2010 earthquake in the Port au Prince environs caused an estimated of $8 to $14 billion in damage and caused a death toll of over 200,000 people. The international community donated an estimated $7.5 billion dollars in aid and recovery funds.  Photo Credit: Alex Fischer, CIESIN.

Haiti Dialog Series: Author Jonathan M. Katz joined the Haiti Research and Policy Program’s dialogue series to discuss his new book and two years reporting on the Haitian recovery after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Katz argues within his book that the international aid money has become a missed opportunity to address core development challenges in Haiti and that the country remains equally vulnerable today as it did prior to January 10th, 2010.

Wildlife: The Other High-Value Resource

by | 1.2.2013 at 5:10pm | 2 Comments
Photo Credit: Leo Douglas

As wildlife trafficking has become more lucrative, widespread and organized over the past few years, the definition of high-value natural resources should be modified to include the commercial values of wildlife and its products.