Environmental peacemaking - Challenges for the German development cooperation

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Cross-border environmental cooperation, particularly in the field of nature and water protection, is increasingly recognized as an instrument of conflict and crisis prevention. This plays an important role in the current international debate on environment and safety. In fact, co-operative mechanisms that protect rivers outweigh the much invoked conflicts and wars over water resources. Besides ecological benefits, cross-border nature protection areas foster confidence building between formerly hostile countries and social groups. So far, however, only a few successful experiences have occurred. In the field of development cooperation, especially questions relating to the actual design of such peacebuilding environmental measures (e. g. negotiation mechanisms, operator involvement, intervention or mediation) were rarely pursued.

Therefore, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned adelphi to conduct a conceptual study that demonstrates the potential of transboundary environmental cooperation, identifies concrete approaches and serves as a basis for further discussions with the BMZ and its implementing agencies on this issue.

Publications of this project

  • Environmental Peacebuilding. Environmental Cooperation as an Instrument of Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding: Conditions for Success and Constraints – Report commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Carius, Alexander 2007: Environmental Peacebuilding. Environmental Cooperation as an Instrument of Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding: Conditions for Success and Constraints. Report commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Berlin: adelphi.
  • Environmental Peacebuilding: Conditions for Success

    Carius, Alexander 2007: Environmental Peacebuilding: Conditions for Success. In: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Hrsg.): Environmental Change and Security Program Report, Issue 12, 2006-2007. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, pp. 59-75.
  • Ausgewählte Fragen zur Fortentwicklung der konfliktpräventiven Wirkungen der Umweltpolitik – Endbericht. F+E Vorhaben FKZ 903 19 226

    Carius, Alexander; Dennis Tänzler Annika Kramer und Moira Feil 2005: Ausgewählte Fragen zur Fortentwicklung der konfliktpräventiven Wirkungen der Umweltpolitik. Endbericht. F+E Vorhaben FKZ 903 19 226. Berlin: Adelphi Research.
  • Erfolgsbedingungen und Restriktionen von Umweltkooperation als Instrument der Krisenprävention und Friedensentwicklung – Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) – Referat Friedensentwicklung und Krisenprävention; Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik

    Carius, Alexander 2005: Erfolgsbedingungen und Restriktionen von Umweltkooperation als Instrument der Krisenprävention und Friedensentwicklung. Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) – Referat Friedensentwicklung und Krisenprävention; Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Berlin: adelphi.