A Socio-Environmental Synthesis of the Linkages between Conflict and Environmental Health

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Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Organizers: Erin Bunting, Elizabeth Mack
Chairs: Erin Bunting

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Conflict, by multiple definitions, is a debatable dimension of changing environmental regimes and water resources. This is a complex relationship to unravel as such conflict events involves environmental, social, and institutional dimensions with associated feedbacks. Conflicts are likely as disagreements occur about the best way to adapt resource and landscape change. Institutions are key to enforcing laws and regulations that govern natural resources. In many parts of the world however, there are institutional failures, which compound negative feedbacks between people and the environment. This session looks to highlight, across multiple spatial and temporal scales, and pinpoint the linkages at with resource and regimes induced conflict events operate. Additionally, the session will focus on how climate change has and will impact natural resource availability in regions vulnerable or with a history of conflict.


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Conflict, by multiple definitions, is a debatable dimension of changing environmental regimes and water resources. This is a complex relationship to unravel as such conflict events involves environmental, social, and institutional dimensions with associated feedbacks. Conflicts are likely as disagreements occur about the best way to adapt resource and landscape change. Institutions are key to enforcing laws and regulations that govern natural resources. In many parts of the world however, there are institutional failures, which compound negative feedbacks between people and the environment. This session looks to highlight, across multiple spatial and temporal scales, and pinpoint the linkages at with resource and regimes induced conflict events operate. Additionally, the session will focus on how climate change has and will impact natural resource availability in regions vulnerable or with a history of conflict.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Presenter Matthew Pflaum*, University of Florida, Dr. Olivier Walther, University of Florida, Dr. Steve Radil, University of Idaho, The changing geography of conflict in North & West Africa 15
Presenter Olivier Walther*, University of Florida, Steven Radil, University of Idaho, David Russell, Independent researcher, A new Spatial Conflict Dynamics indicator of political violence in North and West Africa 15
Presenter Erin Bunting, Michigan State University, James Herdon, University of Alabama, Elizabeth Mack, Michigan State Universiy, Amanda Ross*, University of Alabama, Conflict Propensity and its Relation to Climate across the African Continent 15
Presenter Erin Bunting*, Michigan State University, Elizabeth Mack, Michigan State University; Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Jane Southworth, University of Florida; Department of Geography, Hannah Hererro, University of Tennessee; Department of Geography, The Ecology of Conflict: Using Time Series Remote Sensing to Quantify Ecological Patterns, Resilience, and Rebounds in Conflict Impacted Regions of Africa 15

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