“Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace” – the course

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace 

This course provided by edX engages the participants with an in-depth knowledge of the environmental aspects of conflict.  It does not offer solutions for every conflict, but shows how through actual real-world scenarios solutions that resolve conflicts equitably are possible in practice.

Instructors include David Jensen, head of the Environmental Peace-building Programme, UNEP, who also was a co-creator of the Google collaboration, MapX.  Exercises with MapX techniques are encouraged and help the student use these powerful online tools for themselves.


“Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st century geopolitics.  These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner.  Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies.  It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

“Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the

multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment.

 The course will remain open until  June 22nd, 2020.

Students can enroll anytime. Do it!


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