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Transboundary Conservation and Conflict Resolution: Lessons from projects commissioned by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Since 1990, The International Tropical Timber Organization has been involved in several conservation projects, which broadly include the following ecoregions: Borneo rainforest (Indonesia, Malaysia); Central African rainforest (Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of Congo); Southeast Asian forest (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) and the Andean rainforest (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia). This report provides an evaluation of these projects in terms of their potential for peace-building, which has been a stated goal alongside conservation. Download report by clicking here.

Transboundary Protected Areas Cooperation in the East Carpathian and Carpathian Biosphere Reserves

"Transboundary Protected Areas Cooperation in the East Carpathian and Carpathian Biosphere Reserves", (2008) presents research and recommendations intended to facilitate more effective transboundary cooperation, and was commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund's Danube Carpathian Office (WWF-DCPO), under its program entitled "Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in the Ukrainian Carpathians."

Property Rights and Conflict Minerals

This issues brief was prepared for the US Agency for International Development on the role property rights can play in preventing the flow of conflict minerals. The project was under a subcontract from Tetra Tech ARD and led by Dr. Mark Freudenberger. Although many mineral-rich countries such as Botswana and Chile have prospered with democratic institutions, there appears to be a clear linkage between the prevalence of easily ”loot-able minerals” and the perpetuation of a conflict. Disrupting the linkage between mineral economies and violence requires a multifaceted strategy that curtails the flow of illegal revenues from mining areas as well as provides the opportunity to provide secure livelihoods opportunities for these communities. Download Case Here...

Energizing Peace: Pipelines and Regional Cooperation

View this publication. Natural resources, such as oil and gas, are commonly viewed as catalysts of conflict. Because individuals, ethnic groups, and governments often see control of scarce resources through the lens of a zero-sum game, they compete with each other over ownership. Competition can easily spill into conflict. For this reason, it may seem odd to ask whether oil and gas pipelines can contribute to resolving existing conflicts between states. This paper argues that they can; under the right conditions, a shared need for resource commerce can be a means of fostering cooperation between states. Authored by IEDS Director, Saleem Ali and published by the Brookings...