This Guidance Note focuses on the role of natural resources in triggering, escalating or sustaining violent conflict. Its aim is to provide practical guidance on the role that the UN and EU can play in early warning and assessment, structural conflict prevention (long-term measures) and direct conflict prevention (short-term measures). It is meant to provide a combination of strategic advice and operational guidance, as well as to unite existing tools and guidance under a single framework.
This Guidance Note first identifies some of the challenges associated with capacity building for Natural Resource Management,(NRM) that arise in conflict-affected and fragile states; it then focuses on the goals of NRM and capacity
The second half of this Guidance Note contains practical actions that UN and EU staff can take to apply these basic capacity building concepts in the specific contexts of disputes over land, extractive resources, and renewable resources.
The Guidance Note concludes by providing links to resources, partners, and reading materials that staff can draw on to support their conflict prevention and capacity building efforts.
- UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action