Environmental Diplomacy

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Environmental Diplomacy

Blumstein, S., & Pohl, B. (2016). Water and climate diplomacy, integrative approaches for adaptive action in transboundary river basins. Berlin: Adelphi. Retrieved from:


This report focuses on governance instruments for transboundary waters that address the interrelated objectives of climate change adaptation, sustainable development, and political stability. In conclusion, this report highlights several recommendations including: linking basin institutions to local and national support, incorporating the ability to adapt into new and existing into basin institutions, and promoting information sharing.


United Nations Department of Political Affairs, & United Nations Environment Programme. (2015). Natural resources and conflict: A guide for mediation practitioners.  New York, NY: United Nations Department of Political Affairs and United Nations Environment Programme. Retrieved from:


Natural Resources and Conflict” is a research project carried out by Policy and Mediation Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA/PMD) in collaboration with Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This project was also supported by Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the EU-UN Global PArtnership on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention. This guide is divided into two parts:

PART A presents methodology for mediating natural resource conflicts. It examines challenges that may arise when mediating conflicts.

PART B is dedicated to case-studies of good practices in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Sudan.


United Nations Development Programme, & United Nations Environment Programme. (2013). The role of natural resources in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration: Addressing risks and seizing opportunities. New York, NY: United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme. Retrieved from:


The focus of the report is the role of natural resources in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs (DDR). The report highlights several recommendations for  effectively integrating natural resource concerns into DDR programs, for the purpose of  ensuring more sustainable and effective initiatives.  Primary conclusions include how the inclusion of natural resources is useful for not just economic recovery, but other systemic factors such as social reintegration, reconciliation, and promoting gender-responsive programming as well.