Environmental Peacebuilding is based on the principle that our common dependency on natural resources and a healthy environment facilitates cooperation between societies and nations and can therefore foster the process of peacemaking in conflict regions.
The concept of environmental peacemaking (or environmental peacebuilding) draws upon the three pillars of sustainable development: (1) economic sustainability, (2) socio-cultural sustainability and (3) ecological sustainability.
Cross-border environmental cooperation integrates the processes of economic and socio-cultural development and societies benefit mutually from the common management of shared resources.
Furthermore, cooperation between societies offers a platform for ongoing intercultural dialogue, enables a process of trust building and fosters the establishment of peaceful cross-border societal linkages.
For more information on Environmental Peacemaking please see our selected list of environmental peacemaking resources on the subject.
EcoPeace is one of the only organizations that has put environmental peacemaking theory into practice. The following books talk about our environmental peacemaking methodology:
– Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics
– USAID’s Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Toolkit
– US Environmental Protection Agency – Toolkit that supports best practices in integrating public participation