Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

UN Environment, Environmental Law Institute, UCI, SDG Academy, Duke University, Columbia University, UNDP Conflict Resolution

Target Audience

- Peace and security specialists that want to understand more about natural resources.
- Natural resource experts that want to design better and more conflict-sensitive programs.
- Sustainable development practitioners as well as private sector actors that need to understand how natural resources can be developed in fragile contexts with weak governance.
- Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this growing field.


Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st century geopolitics. These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies. It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

Learning Objectives