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David Jensen
Head of ECP

Matti Lehtonen
Inter-Agency Affairs

Andrew Morton
Greening of Peacekeeping

Dag Seierstad
Extractive Resources
and Environmental Change

Pauliina Upla
Environmental Peacebuilding

Katrine Sorensen
Renewable Energy

View UNEP Expert Group
on Conflict and Peacebuilding

Many of the knowledge products produced by the programme are being transformed into training materials. These include a) Pre-deployment training for peacekeeping troops on natural resources and environment, produced together with UNITAR and IISD; and b) Training for UN Country Teams and EU staff on natural resources and conflict prevention, developed together with the UN Framework Team and the EU-UN Partnership on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict.

Greening the Blue Helmets/UNITAR/IISD

As follow-up to the “Greening the Blue Helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations,” a series of four e-training modules is being produced in partnership with UNITAR and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The first module was launched in October 2012, entitled, “Introduction to environment, natural resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations,” . Other upcoming modules will cover restoring governance of natural resources, sustaining peace and security at the community level through natural resources, and technical options for greening peacekeeping operations.

For more information on these training modules go to the Greening the Blue Helmets webpage.

Training on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention

Together with the European Union and five other UN partners – UNDP, DPA, UNEP, PBSO, HABITAT and DESA – UNEP is working to support countries to improve land and natural resource management for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Through a joint programme coordinated by the UN Framework Team for Preventive Action and financed by the EU's Instrument for Stability, the first outcome of the project is a series of Guidance Notes, and an online self-paced learning tool covering the following themes: land and conflict, extractive industries and conflict, renewable resources and conflict, and capacity building for managing land and natural resources. For more information on this topic, click here. This training will also be offered through the UN Staff College. For more information, click here.


Emerging out of the series of edited volumes prepared in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the University of Tokyo, and McGill University, a series of training materials on best practice in managing natural resources for peacebuilding will be produced. For more information visit the UNEP-ELI Partnership page

A training course on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) is offered through the Folke Bernadotte Academy which includes a module on DDR and natural resources. This module, designed by UNEP and UNDP, outlines the risks and opportunities from natural resources to DDR programmes.  The course is based on the UN Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS). For more information see the course page.