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By Maarten Bavinck, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Erik Mostert

ISBN-10: 1138020400

ISBN-13: 9781138020405

ISBN-10: 1315778467

ISBN-13: 9781315778464

Inhabitants of bad, rural parts within the international South seriously depend upon normal assets of their rapid neighborhood. Conflicts over and exploitation of those assets – if it is water, fish, wooden gas, minerals, or land – seriously have an effect on their livelihoods. The members to this quantity depart in the back of the polarised debate, formerly surrounding the connection among common assets and clash, who prefer a extra nuanced procedure that enables for a number of explanations at a number of degrees. The contributions disguise a big selection of assets, geographical contexts (Africa, Asia and Latin America), and clash dynamics. so much are of a comparative nature, exploring studies of clash in addition to cooperation in a number of regions.

This quantity unearths its starting place in an cutting edge learn programme with the acronym CoCooN, recommended by means of The Netherlands enterprise for medical examine (NWO/WOTRO) and related to universities and civil society companions in lots of international locations. It provides the conceptual ways adhered to via every one of 7 interdisciplinary initiatives, starting from eco-friendly criminology and political ecology to institutional research, criminal pluralism and id politics. the amount might be of curiosity to teachers and practitioners serious about an realizing of clash in addition to cooperation over usual resources.

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Knowledge sharing is an important source of creating innovation, but inequalities in the capacities for accessing and using knowledge continue to pose a constraint to development in many countries. Moreover, the study of conflict and cooperation over natural resources spans several levels of analysis and bridges many disciplines. At the same time, the current speed of change in response to the interplay of various global factors requires new forms of linking existing bodies of knowledge with innovative research and experimentation.

G. g. Collier and Hoeffler 1998; Ross 1999; De Soysa 2000). These binary positions, however, no longer dominate the debate. The present position is the recognition that natural resource degradation and scarcity may play a role in the rise of conflicts, but that conflicts can rarely be characterised as purely resource-driven. Where tensions about access and use of natural resources do exist, these depend on a variety of factors – the outcomes of which may sometimes cascade from tension into violent conflict, but certainly not always: they may also lead to cooperative solutions (Noorduyn 2005).

2007). In connection with this, some experts have called for the promotion of markets for conflict-free goods, the promotion of conflict-sensitive business as part of a larger emphasis on social corporate responsibility, and careful scrutiny of the revenues (and origin) derived from natural resources. Some major policy initiatives in this domain will be mentioned below. Another strand of critical analysts has suggested that the western world has been complicit in creating or permitting the existence of chaotic ‘borderlands’, so that conditions legitimised interventions – in the form of both armed invasions or peace-building – aimed at creating or installing a neo-liberal world order (Duffield 2005).

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