Conflicts over natural resources in the Global South: conceptual approaches

Inhabitants of poor, rural areas in the Global South heavily depend on natural resources in their immediate vicinity. Conflicts over and exploitation of these resources – water, fish, wood fuel, minerals, land – severely affect their livelihoods. This collective volume on conflicts over the exploitation of natural resources in the Global South originates in the research programme CoCooN (Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources), steered by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO/WOTRO) and involving universities and civil society partners in many countries. The seven projects funded during the CoCooN programme (2010-2016) follow a case study approach and cover different geographical regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as a broad range of resource issues, including the politics of groundwater management, crimes and natural resource exploitation, property rights and extractive industries, legal systems in small-scale gold-mining conflicts, legal pluralism and fishing conflicts, and the impact of ‘jatropha curcas’ on local livelihoods. Chapters dealing with Africa are: How natural is natural? Seeking conceptual clarity over natural resources and conflicts (on Kenya, by Marcel Rutten and Moses Mwangi), and Analysing the role of politics in groundwater management: research in Ethiopia, Palestine and Yemen (by Ebel Smidt et al.) [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Conflicts over natural resources in the Global South: conceptual approaches
Editors: Bavinck, Maarten
Pellegrini, Lorenzo
Mostert, Erik
Chapter(s): Present
Year: 2014
Pages: 207
Language: English
City of publisher: Leiden
Publisher: CRC Press/Balkema
ISBN: 9781138020405; 9781315778464
Geographic terms: Africa
Asia
South America
Ethiopia
Kenya
External links: https://hdl.handle.net/1887/23292
http://www.nwo.nl/en/about-nwo/media/publications/wotro/cocoon-book.html
Abstract: Inhabitants of poor, rural areas in the Global South heavily depend on natural resources in their immediate vicinity. Conflicts over and exploitation of these resources – water, fish, wood fuel, minerals, land – severely affect their livelihoods. This collective volume on conflicts over the exploitation of natural resources in the Global South originates in the research programme CoCooN (Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources), steered by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO/WOTRO) and involving universities and civil society partners in many countries. The seven projects funded during the CoCooN programme (2010-2016) follow a case study approach and cover different geographical regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as a broad range of resource issues, including the politics of groundwater management, crimes and natural resource exploitation, property rights and extractive industries, legal systems in small-scale gold-mining conflicts, legal pluralism and fishing conflicts, and the impact of ‘jatropha curcas’ on local livelihoods. Chapters dealing with Africa are: How natural is natural? Seeking conceptual clarity over natural resources and conflicts (on Kenya, by Marcel Rutten and Moses Mwangi), and Analysing the role of politics in groundwater management: research in Ethiopia, Palestine and Yemen (by Ebel Smidt et al.) [ASC Leiden abstract]