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Anna Lynn Spitzer aspitzer at calit2.uci.edu
Tue Apr 13 14:49:11 PDT 2010

CUSA (UCI's Center for Unconventional Security Affairs) presents the
2010 Sustainability Seminar Series to help foster dialogue between
social and natural scientists on the challenges of sustainability in the
21st century. A select group of scholars, researchers, experts and
business leaders will present a variety of perspectives on choices and
challenges related to sustainability. 



Title:                                                      Conflict and
Sustainable Development


Speakers:                                            Anne Hammill,
International Institute for Sustainable Development (Geneva)


Time:                                                     7-8:30 p.m.


Date:                                                     Tuesday, April


Location:                                              Calit2 Auditorium


Abstract:                                              The management of
natural resources often causes conflict. Conservation practitioners know
all too well that their work is a form of conflict management, trying to
reconcile competing (and sometimes incompatible) interests in the same,
often dwindling, natural resource base. The links between natural
resources and conflict are especially evident in developing countries,
where poverty, population growth and dependence on natural resources are
high. Here, the availability of and access to natural resources are more
likely to affect livelihood security, wealth distribution, power
structures and even group identities, i.e., some of the more familiar
sources of conflict. By trying to protect and sustainably manage the
natural resource base and improve human well-being, conservationists are
effectively working to minimize important causes of conflict. But
managing competing interests over scarce natural resources has its
risks. This is especially true in conflict zones, where heightened
social tensions and human suffering, along with weak governance and the
circulation of small arms and light weapons can create a volatile
operational context. Experiences from Eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) highlight these risks but, just as importantly, they also
demonstrate the potential for sustainable natural resource management to
contribute to peace-building.


Sponsored by: the Samueli Foundation, University of California
Environment Institute, Calit2, University Extension, Student Affairs,
and the Newkirk Center for Science and Society.


For more information on the series and future seminar dates, speakers
and topics, go to:




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