Improving Natural Resource Management in Post-Conflict Countries

Natural resources can — and increasingly do — play a central role in building a sustainable peace in post-conflict societies. Many conflicts were directly related to or fueled by valuable natural resources such as timber or minerals, and the transition to peace in fragile post-conflict societies requires a careful consideration of natural resource management. An inability of governments to deliver key services (water, food, shelter, livelihoods, and other resource-dependent essentials for life) can destabilize weakened societies recovering from conflict.