|Date and time:
|| Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (9:30 – 18:00)
|| International Conference Hall, JICA Research Institute (Ichigaya, Tokyo)
|| English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
||JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI)
Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
Global Infrastructure Fund Research Foundation Japan (GIF)
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Research Center for Sustainable Peace, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
the University of Tokyo
|| The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
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The United States and Japan are two of the largest sources of bilateral assistance to
countries seeking to rebuild after conflict. Decades of experience illustrates the need for more
effective approaches to post-conflict peacebuilding and diplomacy. Natural resource
management offers as-yet underutilized approaches for peacebuilding.
This joint symposium celebrates the development of the book “Harnessing Natural
Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance” by the research
project of ELI-GIF-University of Tokyo, while introducing recently-initiated JICA-RI research
project on land and property problems in post-conflict situations.
Drawing upon analyses by U.S. and Japanese researchers and practitioners of projects
from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and elsewhere, the ELI-GIF-University of
Tokyo volume identifies lessons and opportunities for how natural resource-management
programs can strengthen U.S. and Japanese peacebuilding initiatives.
Researchers from the JICA-RI project will join the discussion by introducing their
perspectives and analyses particularly on land and property issues. Though the JICA-RI project
is only at the early stage, their initial findings and the mutual discussion with presenters will
deepen the understandings on the problems and broaden the scope of participants in both
Practitioners, researchers, students and others interested in the topic are invited to a
conversation as the contributors to the book discuss lessons for development and security
practitioners on the roles of natural resource management in conflict and peacebuilding; lessons
on conflict dynamics and power structures in post-conflict situations; and, development
challenges in post-conflict natural resource management programs.