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Building Peace in a Changing Climate: Positive Peace through Climate Adaptation in Post-Natural Resource Conflict Communities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Climate adaptive strategies seek to minimize harms of climate change. Scholarly research has yet to examine the impact of these strategies in post-conflict communities, especially with regard to whether they might contribute to fostering greater overall well-being, or positive peace. This thesis seeks to address this gap and adopts the research question, how does climate adaptation impact positive peace in post-natural resource conflict communities? I hypothesize that climate adaptation is likely to contribute to positive peace in post-natural resource conflict communities by reducing environmental stressors through strengthened natural resource management. Theoretically, climate adaptation provides the capacity for local communities to strengthen natural resource management, which enables them to cope with the effects of climate change. This in turn, reduces environmental stressors and allows communities to better meet local needs and foster positive peace. Using a qualitative method of structured focused comparison, I collect empirics from two districts in post-natural resource conflict Rwanda (after 2002) to test how climate adaptation impacts positive peace at the local level. Although findings show little evidence that climate adaptation drives positive peace, results indicate that such programs may be poised to contribute to lessened environmental stress through strengthened natural resource management. 

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2017. , p. 71
Keywords [en]
Positive peace, climate change, climate adaptation, Rwanda
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324965DiVA, id: diva2:1112447
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Peace and Conflict Studies
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Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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