An international workshop on “Natural Resource Sector Reform and Human Security” on hosted by the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate took place on 18 and 19 July in Landau at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Jude Kimengsi and Maxi Domke, both Postdocs, participated and presented on behalf of the Chair of Tropical Forestry.
Experts from seven countries on the field of mining and forestry primarily in the African context came together. Research on international and national laws and regulations as well as concrete working conditions in the extraction of natural resources (timber and diamonds) has been presented and discussed. Jude and Maxi gave insights in research on the management and balancing of conservation areas and livelihood needs with the examples of a trans-boundary national park (Cameroon) and different community-based management approaches in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania and Myanmar.
Key issues were the formalization of management structures, the handling of illegal activities, power structures and activities by responsible government. The UN approach of Human Security with its human-centered focus has been discussed regarding its application for different levels of conflicts.
Besides the knowledge exchange and networking, an outcome of this workshop shall be the compilation of a Special Issue on the Journal of “Extractive Industries and Society” to bundle the relevant research in this field.
Thanks to the Peace Academy for the invitation and organization of the workshop.
By Maxi Domke