Community stewardship: the foundation of biocultural rights (Bavikatte and Bennett)

Author(s) Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte and Tom Bennett Keywords Biocultural rights, stewardship, property, environment, law, nature, indigenous people, customary law, commodity, post-development, political ecology, commons, Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Protocol, traditional resource rights Abstract The term ‘biocultural rights’ denotes a community’s long established right, in accordance with its customary laws, to steward its lands, waters […]

Farmer–herder conflicts, pastoral marginalisation and corruption (T.A. Benjaminsen & B. Ba)

Author(s) Tor A Benjaminsen and Boubacar Ba Keywords Mali , farmer–herder conflicts, political ecology, rent seeking, corruption Abstract This study aims to explain a farmer–herder conflict in the inland Niger delta of Mali. We focus on the interests and motivations of the actors involved in the conflict and the rent seeking of the local administration […]

Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts (P. Le Billon)

Author Philippe Le Billon Keywords Natural resources; economic development; social development; resource wealth; curse; resource exploitation; vulnerability; of resource-dependent countries Abstract A generous endowment of natural resources should favour rapid economic and social development. The experience of countries like Angola and Iraq, however, suggests that resource wealth often proves a curse rather than a blessing. […]

Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (E. Weinthal, et al)

Editor(s) Erika Weinthal, Jessica Troell, and Mikiyasu Nakayama Keywords Water, Livelihoods, Economic Reconstruction and Recovery, Political Ecology, Water Resource Management, Agricultural Productivity, Flood Control, Peace Processes, Confidence Building, Transboundary Cooperation, Peace and Dialogue, Riparian Stakeholders, Water Security and Scarcity, Transnational Cooperation, Refugee Rehabilitation, Policy, Institutional Aspects, Water ServicesCommunity Water Resource Management, The Right to Water […]

Human Rights and the Environment (B.R. Johnston)

Author Barbara Rose Johnston (Center for Political Ecology) Keywords Human rights and the environment, environmental justice, political ecology Abstract This issue of Human Ecology focuses on the interrelated nature of crisis in human and environmental systems and argues that the right to a healthy environment is a fundamental human right. In this article I present […]