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How can environmental co-operation be used to bolster regional peace? A large body of research suggests that environmental degradation may catalyze violent conflict. Environmental co-operation, in contrast, has gone almost unexplored as a means of peacemaking, even though it opens several effective channels: enhancing trust, establishing habits of co-operation, lengthening the time horizons of decisionmakers, forging co-operative trans-societal linkages, and creating shared regional norms and identities. This volume examines the case for environmental peacemaking by comparing progress, prospects, and problems related to environmental peacemaking initiatives in six regions - South Asia, Central Asia, the Baltic, Southern Africa, the Caucasus, and the US-Mexico border. The regions vary dramatically in terms of scale, interdependencies, history, and kinds of insecurity, but each is marked by a highly fluid, changing security order, creating a potential for environmental co-operation to have a catalytic effect on peacemaking. Among the volume's key findings are these: that substantial potential for environmental peacemaking exists in most regions; that significant tensions from narrower efforts to improve the strategic climate among mistrustful governments can impair broader trans-societal efforts to build environmental peace; and that the effects of environmental peacemaking initiatives are highly sensitive to the ways they are institutionalized.
Ken Conca and Geoffrey Dabelko have put together an interesting and useful volume on the potential linkages between environmental cooperation and peace... informative and well written... should be read by scholars and policy actors interested in the potential ways environmental cooperations might promote peace rather than violence. -- Rodger A. Payne ECSP Report The arguments developed in Environmental Peacemaking will be of extraordinary value, especially in shared watersheds, if we are to sustainably meet these needs. -- Christopher Behf Natural Resources Forum 2004 Provocative and invaluable... makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the link between environment cooperation and peace. -- Dimitrios Konstadakopulos Perspectives on Politics 2005 A provocative and invaluable book... makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the link between environment cooperation and peace. -- Dimitrios Konstadakopulos American Political Science Review 2005 It should be of interest to scholars in the field of environmental security, environmental politics and international relations. -- Hilary Nixon International Environmental Agreements 2006
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