Ecology heals wounds of war

Twenty years on from the original Rio Summit and the emergence of sustainable development, which first raised awareness of the importance of the environment to humanitarian development, significant strides have been taken to integrate environmental considerations into humanitarian development, but such considerations still remain largely ostracized from core security and humanitarian theory and practice.
An important issue and opportunity is therefore being ignored.

Richard Milburn argues in an article in International Affairs ( ‘Mainstreaming the environment into post-war recovery: the case for ecological development’) that an evolutionary step beyond sustainable development is now required, both to unite under a common banner the work on this subject carried out to date, and to encourage further practical and theoretical work to be carried out to mainstream the environment into postwar recovery.

To enable this transition, Richard Milburn, who is Research Co-ordinator for the Marjan Centre, suggests adopting the concept of ‘ecological development’ which uses the management and development of the environmental resources of water and biodiversity to mitigate conflict, promote peace-building and a transition from conflict towards peace – and a subsequent durable post-conflict recovery – is then expounded, demonstrated through case-studies of two very different conflicts, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Afghanistan.

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