Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace - Massive Open Online Course

1 March 2018 - 10 May 2018

This 10-week massive open online course (MOOC) on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment. 

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.


This course is for: 

  • Peace and security specialists that want to understand more about natural resources.
  • Natural resource experts that want to design 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.


Enrollment opens on 6 November at:  http://bit.ly/envt-peace

The 10-week course begins on 1 March 2018 and ends on 10 May 2018.


Course enrollment page: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/environmental-security-and-sustaining-peace-march-2018   

MOOC page: https://epmooc.org

UNEP news release: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/un-environment-launches-online-course-environmental-security-and-sustaining