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Greening the Blue Helmets

Training Programme: Environment, Natural Resources & UN Peacekeeping

This training programme, Environment, Natural Resources & UN Peacekeeping, focuses on improving natural resource and environmental management in all the domains of peacekeeping activities to ultimately support the achievement of the core peacekeeping objectives. It also aims to build an active community of practice and platform to actively share lessons learned.

Training modules

The course consists of the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction to environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping (1.5 hours): Provides a basic introduction to the role of natural resources and the environment in contributing to conflict and peacebuilding. It explores the benefits of addressing these issues as part of peacekeeping operations and outlines individual responsibilities for environmental management, drawing on the DFS/DPKO Environmental Policy.

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Module 2: Restoring governance of natural resources (1 day): Provides an overview of the entry points for peacekeepers to contribute to the improvement of national governance over natural resources and highlights ways to improve implementation of peacekeeping mandates. This module examines the opportunities for: capacity building through the extension of state authority over natural resources, identifying the role of natural resources in security sector reform, improving legislation and management of natural resource concessions contracts, and guidance and involvement in voluntary certification schemes.
Module 3: Sustaining peace and security at the community level through natural resources (1 day): Examines the important ways that peacebuilding happens on a community level to bring about sustainable peace and security. The module illustrates short-term and longer term opportunities for peacekeepers to secure peace through Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DRR) and natural resource programmes, emergency employment and livelihood support, conflict prevention and resolution strategies incorporating natural resource stress points, and through confidence building Quick Impact Projects (QIPs).
Module 4: A lighter footprint: Improving the efficient use of natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of peace operations (1-2 days): Provides a detailed review of the environmental management requirements for peacekeeping operations as set-out in the Environmental Policy adopted by DPKO and DFS in June 2009. It includes an overview of the environmental performance of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted regarding water, energy, waste, construction materials, wildlife and natural heritage. It also identifies the economic, social and environmental benefits associated with the use of resource-efficient technologies.

Target audience

This general awareness training should target all military, police and civilian personnel.  The follow-up specialized training modules will target peacekeeping staff with specific responsibilities related to environmental issues or in areas that could impact the governance or use of natural resources.

Copyright: This training module was developed by UNEP’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch in collaboration with UNITAR and IISD. For more information contact david.jensen@unep.org or ivan.blazevic@unep.org