UN Environment – Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners

This guidance document created by UN Environment offers guidance to mediation professionals and supporting institutions on good practice concerning the mediation of natural resource disputes in the context of conflict, violence, and peace-building. It can also be used by diverse stakeholders and natural resource management experts, such as government, companies, communities and nongovernmental organizations.

Specifically, the guide helps address (1) stand-alone natural resource disputes or disputes that form part of a larger political struggle; and, (2) natural resource disputes set within the context of peace negotiations. It consolidates lessons from decades of hands-on experience at both the local and international levels mediating conflicts over extractive resources, such as land and water.

Consult the guide here.

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