ELI Opens Massive Online Course on Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace
The Environmental Law Insititue has opened a huge online course open to make natural resources a source of cooperation rather than conflict.
Between 1950 and 2000, 90% of armed conflicts occurred in countries containing biodiversity hotspots. Today, 80% of fragile states have natural resources of strategic interest to the global economy. Despite the risks that war and armed conflict pose for the environment and the role that natural resources may play in fueling or escalating armed conflicts, there are also significant opportunities. Fortunately, knowledge and experience regarding the important role of natural resources and the environment in post-conflict peacebuilding has grown immensely over the past two decades.
Building on these experiences, UN Environment’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch worked with the Environmental Law Institute, Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of California, Irvine, to develop a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace. Geared toward technical experts, field practitioners, and advanced university students, this timely and relevant course addresses three key questions:
- How do natural resources and the environment contribute to or amplify armed conflict and violence?
- How are natural resources and the environment impacted by war and armed conflict?
- How can natural resources and the environment support post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction?
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Offered on the SDG Academy platform, the MOOC synthesizes 100,000 pages of material and 225 case studies from over 60 post-conflict countries into seven hours of film. The eight-week course starts on March 1, 2018, but registration is now open.
Additional information can be found at https://www.epmooc.org