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Quote of the Month

"The impact of climate change is posing a growing challenge to peace and stability. That is why we need a new culture of international cooperation: affected states need to be involved at an early stage, and state resilience needs to become a leitmotif of foreign policy." - Frank‑Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, Presentation of the Report “A New Climate for Peace – Taking Action on Climate and Fragility
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Are Oil Prices Latin America’s Newest Threat?

The dramatic fall in oil prices that has taken place since the second semester of 2014 was not exactly unexpected, even if it did take the world by surprise. As of February 5th, Brent crude has dropped from $115 to $56 a barrel, and West Texas Intermediate to $50. Widely ranging from energy policy to the fight against the Islamic State,...
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What’s in a Name? States of Fragility and Adjusting Aid to Conflict Zones

Depending on how closely you pay attention to the OECD, you may have picked up on a subtle but meaningful change in this year’s States of Fragility report. Whereas previous reports were titled Fragile States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has shifted its framing to focus less on states and more on conditions,...
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

We have published the first edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2015. Read how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action, about linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa, or how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia.
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Articles

Forests Publications

Quick Access

Rights and Resources Initiative 2008: Seeing People Through the Trees - Summary

USAID 2005: Forests & Conflicts. A Toolkit for Intervention. USAID/Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Kaimowitz, David 2005: Forests and Armed Conflict. In: ETFRN News Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

Brack, Duncan 2005: EU FLEGT Initiative:
Assessment of ‘Additional Measures' to Exclude Illegal Timber from EU Markets
, Chatham House.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 2004: Fact Sheet: Forests and Conflict.

 

Books & Studies

Global Witness 2011: Forest Carbon, Cash and Crime. London.

Gurung, Jeanette 2011: Getting REDD+ Right for Women. Bangkok: WOCAN.

Dhakal, B. et al. 2011: Forests for food security and livelihood sustainability: Policy problems and opportunities for small farmers in Nepal. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 35 (1): 86-115.

World Bank 2007: Democratic Republic of Congo: Transitional Support for Economic Recovery. Investigation Report. The Inspection Panel of the World Bank.

European Tropical Forest Research Network 2004/2005: ETFRN News 43 / 44:  Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

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Documents

FLEGT briefing sheets

The EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

The European Parliament motion on the FLEGT action plan, February 2004.

The EU Council Conclusions on the FLEGT action plan, October 2003.

Links

News, documents and events on social and environmental impacts of illegal logging. http://www.illegal-logging.info/

Security, Development and Forest Conflict. Forest conflict links and online publications.
http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/sdfc/index.htm

Background information and case studies on forest-related conflict analysis. http://conflictbiography.recoftc.org/html/index.htm

Congo Basin Forest Partnership: http://www.cbfp.org/

Poverty Environment Network. Examines the nexus between forests and livelihoods: http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/pen/_ref/about/index.htm