Natural resource management and conflict in the European Union’s external relations

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Natural resources and conflicts are interlinked in a variety of ways. Conflicts might arise over natural resources. On the other hand, the cooperative and sustainable management of them may act as confidence building measure that contribute to peacebuilding.

The focus of this project was to asses how far different interlinkages are addressed in the external relations of the EU, especially the European Commission. adelphi therefore analysed and evaluated the instruments available to Directorate-General (DG) External Relations, DG Development, EuropeAid and other DGs. This also included analytical methods available to the Commission, as well as political initiatives, such as the support of the European Commission to the Kimberly Process to combat so-called conflict diamonds and the Forest, Law, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process.

Finally, adelphi was tasked to develop recommendations including a roadmap for their implementation focusing on further developing the Commission's capacities.

Publications of this project

  • Addressing the Interlinkages between Natural Resources Management and Conflict in the European Commission’s External Relations – Report commissioned by the European Commission, DG RELEX

    Carius, Alexander; Dennis Tänzler and Moira Feil 2007: Addressing the Interlinkages between Natural Resources Management and Conflict in the European Commission’s External Relations. Report commissioned by the European Commission, DG RELEX. Rotterdam: Ecorys.