Chapter 5.2 – All Voices Heard: A Conflict Prevention Approach to Land and Natural Resources

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By Lynn Finnegan (Consultant) for Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva. Thanks go to Diane Hendrick for her help in the preparation of this chapter.

This chapter will focus on the supporting role that law and policy can play in achieving peaceful, equitable, and sustainable land and natural resource management. It will look at decision-making processes around land-related projects, emphasizing the need to involve all stakeholders in land management and governance. The text will highlight the importance of dialogue at all levels, empowering local communities to engage in decision making, and strengthening institutions that support adaptive learning and collective action. A conflict prevention approach to land issues can help build policy and practice that is peaceful, equitable, and sustainable.


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Further Information

For more information about the contents of this chapter and QUNO’s work on Natural Resources, Conflict and Cooperation; Food and Sustainability; Climate Change, please contact Diane Hendrick, Representative on Peace and Disarmament, QUNO.

Diane Hendrick has been active in the field of peace and conflict for more than 30 years. For 16 of those years she worked as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher in conflict transformation based in Vienna and has worked on peace and development related projects in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Albania. She has also co-directed a number of international peace education projects. Diane has lectured in peace studies at various universities in Austria, Ireland and England and has had extensive experience as a trainer in peacebuilding and conflict transformation working with a broad range of participants, inlcuding groups from areas of violent conflict, international institutions and national police forces. Before joining QUNO she worked with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. Diane has a First in Peace Studies from Bradford University, an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a PhD in Conflict Resolution also from Bradford University. Diane was Programme Assistant at QUNO Geneva in 1985-86. She is a member of Manchester and Warrington Area Meeting in the UK.

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