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Environmental Peacebuilding

BioScience, by Lesley Evans Ogden
January 30, 2018

As the River Jordan meanders between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, disease-causing microbes that thrive in water contaminated with sewage pass over geopolitical lines without passports or border checks. By drinking or bathing in that contaminated water, children on each side of the border get sick. But proposed solutions could provide an opportunity to heal more than just disease. Cross-border investment in water treatment can be a mechanism for brokering peace.

This is the kind of thinking behind environmental peacebuilding, a new discipline in natural-resource management that stems from a growing realization that although natural resources can fuel conflict, they can also provide a focus for cooperation.

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