Sustainable management of natural resources

View of deforested land near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The management of land and natural resources is one of the most critical challenges facing developing countries today. Natural resources necessarily play a central role in promoting sustainable development.  Increasing competition for diminishing renewable resources, such as land and water, is on the rise, compounded by environmental degradation, population growth and climate change. As an increasing number of countries look to tap newly discovered natural resources and tensions over scarce resources increase - getting this right is particularly important to advance sustainable human development and stability world-wide.


Against this backdrop, the EU and the UN came together to form the multi-agency EU-UN global partnership to strengthen capacities for sustainable management of natural resources. This partnership aims to support war-torn and vulnerable countries to prevent conflict and build peace through improved management of natural resources like timber, minerals, fertile land and water.


Within this partnership UNDP, five sister UN agencies, the EU’s Instrument for Stability, and select EU Delegations have worked together to produce practical guidance notes, an inventory of source material, and on-line training modules. These have all been designed to help countries identify the right policies to prevent and manage conflict over land and natural resources. The programme will also deliver a series of training modules for UN and EU staff in country offices, as well as local partners, to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to understand, anticipate, prevent, and mitigate potential conflicts over land and natural resources.

UN and EU launch training programme on natural resources and conflict

A new on-line course on land, natural resources and conflict was launched on 16 January 2013. This training was developed as part of the EU-UN global partnership to strengthen capacities for sustainable management of natural resources.

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Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of UNDP talks about the EU-UN Global Partnership and the “EU-UN Toolkit and Guidance for Preventing and Managing Land and Natural Resources conflict".

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