Title

Ask the Forest About War: Environmental Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Nepal

Abstract

In today’s world only 10 countries can be considered truly free from violent conflict. Forty percent of violent conflicts are directly linked to disputes over natural resources. My presentation asks: Can we take environment—a frequent source of conflict—and switch the paradigm towards a space for common ground? I will examine the environmental impact of Nepal’s 10-year civil war (1996-2006) and the role of Community Forest User Groups in rebuilding peace before, during and after the conflict as well as the potential for community forestry to rebuild peace in war-torn areas around the world. In an increasingly unknowable conflict-prone globe, community forestry can provide the roots to grow resilient forests, resilient communities, and resilient and lasting spaces for peace.

Faculty Sponsor

Don Snow

Tracks

Environmental Humanities

Terms of Use

ARMINDA Terms of Use

Location

Kimball Theatre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

SIT Nepal

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Ask the Forest About War: Environmental Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Nepal

Kimball Theatre

In today’s world only 10 countries can be considered truly free from violent conflict. Forty percent of violent conflicts are directly linked to disputes over natural resources. My presentation asks: Can we take environment—a frequent source of conflict—and switch the paradigm towards a space for common ground? I will examine the environmental impact of Nepal’s 10-year civil war (1996-2006) and the role of Community Forest User Groups in rebuilding peace before, during and after the conflict as well as the potential for community forestry to rebuild peace in war-torn areas around the world. In an increasingly unknowable conflict-prone globe, community forestry can provide the roots to grow resilient forests, resilient communities, and resilient and lasting spaces for peace.

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