The 2008 edition of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management's Peace and Conflict study is now available.
The 2008 edition of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management's Peace and Conflict study shows that the decline in the number and severity of armed conflicts since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, the decline
Following years of violent conflict in Liberia, it is not an uncommom sight to see United Nations Military Peacekeeping soldiers on the street corners in the nation's capital Monrovia.© CI/photo by Michael Matarasso
In Cambodia, rural villagers who rely on natural resources for food and income are vulnerable to the ecological damage left behind by violent conflict. CI/photo by Haroldo Castro
Since the rise of the state some 5,000 years ago, large scale warfare has been a permanent global fixture. History shows that the motivations for war are different for those ordering the conflict than for those undertaking it and now a startling new study has found 80 percent of the world's major armed conflicts occur in biological hotspots. That is, the richest storehouses of life, the areas essential for both biodiversity conservation and human well-being, are also the regions of the most human conflict. Millions of the world's poorest people live in hotspots and depend on healthy ecosystems for their survival. Is it time for civilization to take political and social responsibility and protect these places? It certainly makes more sense than fighting over oil!
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