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Brown bag session 4 – Nature in Action for Peace

We present our fourth Brown Bag Session, a short online, informal learning session. In this Brown Bag Session, that was co-created with PAX for Peace, we will take a closer look at the Nature in Action for Peace catalogue that was published by them. We will look at how Nature-based Solutions and broader nature-positive approaches can minimize and mitigate the harmful impacts of war on the environment. What standards must be in place? What were best practices and can be taken away from these? Together with our great panelists and you as an audience we will explore these questions!  

  • Date and time 27 June 2024, 12:00 - 12:45 CET
  • Where Online, via Zoom
  • For whom All interested international development practitioners

UNEP perspectives – Nature in Action for Peace

In Issue 48 of the UN Environment Programme’s Perspectives series, PAX critically looks at how using Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and broader nature-positive approaches can minimize and mitigate the harmful impacts of war on the environment, and how it can be an instrument for conflict prevention. Though the NbS framework has been advocated by many, others have pointed to important flaws associated with it, such as the risk of avoiding carbon emission reductions through carbon offsetting, land grabbing and insufficient consent from local communities, greenwashing, human rights abuses, militarised conservation, and insufficient focus on justice.  

PAX emphasizes the significance of extending NbS to the vulnerable contexts, provided that stringent standards and guidelines for NbS are applied. The efforts and funds related to the international momentum around NbS should not turn out too risk-averse, but instead be invested properly in those communities who need it the most. Next to listing existing guidance on NbS in conflict contexts, this paper outlines key lessons to successfully implement NbS in conflict-affected areas towards co-benefits for nature and peace. The key lessons are grounded within four environmental peacebuilding projects that PAX and its partners were involved in. 

Panelists

Elise Wolters, project officer at PAX 

Elise Wolters is a project officer at PAX, working on the topic of nature-based solutions for peace and security. She works on the development of a catalogue of relevant NbS projects and their lessons related to peace and security, connecting with project officers and organising meetings with an expert review committee. Next to her work at PAX, she volunteers for AirWars where she writes civilian casualty assessments. She holds an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University, for which she researched the US Africa Command through fieldwork in Uganda. She also completed the MSc Global Environment, Politics and Society from Edinburgh University, where she studied militarised conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

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Program outline

In this Brown Bag Session, we delve more into the connectedness of the environment, climate and peace and the potential of NbS for peace and security. Our panelists will share their insights related to questions like:  

  • What is the link between environment, climate, and peace? 
  • What are the potential and risks for NbS for Peace?
  • Case study   

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