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From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources
and the Environment (UNEP)

Policy report explains how environment and natural resources have an impact on conflict and vice versus and explores ways both can help or damage the peacebuilding process.



Land and Natural Disasters: Guidance for Practioners (UN-Habitat 2010)

Guidelines provide a holistic approach to addressing land issues from the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster through early recovery and reconstruction phases. It is targeted at humanitarians and land professionals, as well as government officials. The guidelines take an inter-disciplinary approach to land, one that also brings together emergency relief and early recovery perspectives.



Land and Conflict: A Handbook for Humanitarians (UNHabitat 2009)

The handbook navigates through issues related to vulnerable populations, IDPs, camps, livelihoods and land use. Lists do’s and don’ts and case studies related to the environment.



Timber as a construction material in humanitarian operations
(OCHA, IFRC, CARE International 2009)

Guidance discourages timber use and considers alternative materials, explains when and how to use timber, includes complaints or situations raised by communities about shelter, addresses logistics and relates most of this to environmental impact.  Environment is mainstreamed into the document. Intended for in-country staff in humanitarian programmes involving construction.



The Environment, Natural Resources and HIV/AIDS (SIDA 2003)

Policy paper meant to guide the design of development programmes by pointing out the linkages between HIV/AIDS and environment/natural resources. Covers rural communities in Africa, falling incomes and labor, effects on agriculture, livestock production, forestry and water.

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Forest Management in Refugee and Returnee Situations.
A Handbook of Sound Practices (ProAct)

Handbook explains opportunities to minimize environmental impacts of forest operations, timber and woods as livelihoods and guidelines for developing locally appropriate initiatives for managing this natural resource, especially in refugee operations.  Covers all phases from emergency to durable solutions.



Livestock-Keeping and Animal Husbandry in Refugee and Returnee Situations
– A Practical Handbook for Improved Management (UNHCR and IUCN 2005)

Handbook outlines basic considerations for staff in camp management roles to make when planning livestock programs. Environmental and natural resource considerations are included throughout the document. Good practices and places for improvement are identified. Tips on implementation, checklists and monitoring and evaluation techniques are included.

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HIV/AIDS and the Natural Environment (Lori Hunter, Population
Reference Bureau)

Report explains linkages between HIV/AIDS and natural resources in poor countries, especially Africa.