Transformation of Resource Conflicts: Approach and Instruments

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Günther Baechler, Kurt R. Spillmann, Mohamed Sulimann
Peter Lang, 2002 - 558 pages
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The collection of contributions to this volume addresses such burning issues as natural resource management, conflict transformation, and co-operation in sub-regions of the Horn of Africa. The individual pieces of action-oriented field research constitute the final report of the international research project on Environmental Conflict Management (ECOMAN). ECOMAN focuses on theory and practice of environmental conflict management in the Horn of Africa. On one hand it draws from the discussion launched in the mid-nineties about environmental security, and about political, legal, and institutional approaches to deal with highly complex and multi-party conflict. On the other hand it refers to traditional and/or local mechanisms of conflict regulations if and when resource use and distribution is involved. It adopts mainly a transformatory approach using process-oriented and interactive problem solving methods.

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The Editors: Günther Baechler, Ph.D. in political science, a former director of the Swiss Peace Foundation (Swisspeace), currently is head of the conflict prevention and transformation division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC in Berne.
Kurt R. Spillmann, Ph.D. in history, is professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and head of the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research in Zürich.
Mohamed Suliman, Ph.D. in chemistry, is director of the London based Institute for African Alternatives IFAA.

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