The Peace Piece: "Pieces of Peace: Formal and Informal Pathways in Resilient Environmental Cooperation in Conflict Contexts"
Environmental factors alone are rarely the cause of conflicts. Related factors such as food shortage, lack of access to water and loss of livelihoods connected to environmental degradation, however, often emerge as conflict drivers. The interplay and relationship between politics, law and technical issues on environmental cooperation is as relevant between states as it is at the local level or in intersections with non-state actors. This interplay is important to understand to be able to find solutions to adaptation and mitigation of climate change in conflict affected areas.
The frameworks and mechanisms of governance that underpin environmental cooperation in conflict contexts should address the politics as well as technical issues. Yet, a number of apolitical interventions, such as primarily technical coordination over shared natural resources in conflict settings, have been advanced toward peacebuilding aims only to fall short.
The webinar draws on different examples of formal and informal instruments that underpin environmental cooperation in conflict contexts toward resilient peacebuilding. From formal treaties to informal principles and diplomatic norms, this webinar emphasizes the importance of advancing multistakeholder and multi-level engagement in ensuring that environmental peacebuilding initiatives hold space for resilient political and technical representation and advancement in conflict contexts.
This webinar is an installment in the series, The Peace Piece: Primers for Peace at COP28, an online briefing series designed to inform policymakers, researchers, and practitioners about opportunities for peace at COP28. To learn more and view the full series, please visit: https://www.ecosystemforpeace.org/cop28.
This description was excerpted from environmentalpeacebuilding.org