Natural resource management is a growing source of conflicts globally. Resources at the heart of the conflicts may be renewable such as water, land or wildlife, or non-renewable, such as oil, gas, minerals and timber. If well managed, natural resources can contribute to the welfare of a country and its population and may support peace and sustainable development.
In 2008, five United Nations Agencies in cooperation with the European Union launched a partnership program to support countries in natural resource management for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
The partnership provides technical assistance to national stakeholders and agencies to improve their knowledge on environmental issues and the management of natural resources. Important elements include policy development, coordination between key actors at field level and development of training modules.
The training materials are specially designed for in-country partners, Government institutions and civil society members. A series of Guidance Notes and training manuals have been produced covering the following themes:
All Guidance Notes can be downloaded from the main page of the UN-EU Partnership on Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention website.
An online, interactive training module as well as a self-study learning module has also been developed. For a free access to the UN Online and self-study training program, please click here.
Follow-up activities shall take place in the Africa’s Great Lakes Region, after the first pilot implementation phase has been conducted in Afghanistan.