March 13, 2009 at 10am to March 15, 2009 at 2:30pm
A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural ConferenceCo-sponsored by:Oakland University College of Arts and Science, Common Bond Institute,and International Humanistic Psychology AssociationEndorsed by a growing numberof universities and organizations internationallyConference Details at:www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_RCP.htm(copy & paste address into your browser)~ Registration is Open All ~Continuing Education Units (CEUs) availableWe Invite You To:an international forum promoting…See More
Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a Nigerian but currently lives in Connecticut, USA. My Bachelor's degree was from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state and my Master's degree in Peace and Conflicts Studies, University of Ibadan.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Nigeria & USA
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Social Worker & Teaching
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Rashid, you got it right. I am from Gamawa. I am happy to learn that you served in my state. I Visited Connecticut while in US doing a program at Boston. You know FOX WOOD? I am looking forward to share more ideas with you. Together we can make the world a better place.
Hello Rashid. I have just moved to London and am doing a semester at UCL, so that's why the profile changed. I'm not aware of what is going on in Borneo regarding a peace park movement, please explain....
Burma - hmmm, do you think that the political instability in that country is actually related to environmental instability? I agree that power in political systems is reliant upon the control of natural resources because that is ultimately the productive capacity of the nation, but I do not necessarily think that this is a direct contributor to the conflict in Burma. Once again, it's not my area of expertise though. My friends would know more about the conflict in Burma than I do for sure. It's worth researching and exploring though.
Rashid - I would love to do something like that. The Niger Delta is easily one of the most classic examples of environmental insecurity and conflict. I wonder though how we can identify an approach or issue that has not been previously explored and/or in process? I have not studied the Nigerian situation extensively, so I would appreciate your background on this.
Something that I have been looking into a lot over the last year is the idea of criminal prosecution of environmental crimes that rise to the level of international criminality. The effects of activities that rise to the level of international environmental criminal violation are too severe to ignore as mere harms to the environment, they destroy human communities as well - and so we cannot permit them to continue with such abhorrent impunity. Worthy of pursuit?
Hello Rashid, most of my work has a focus on the environment and law, but the greater context is better stewardship of natural resources and ecosystems to address tensions or conflicts over resources (or fueled by natural resource extraction), between humans and wildlife or between humans and protected areas. The law can play a role in this by providing more equitable frameworks for environmental protection and sustainable development - ensuring public participation, equitable distribution of benefits, transfers and capacity-building. Mitigating these tensions can reduce possibilities of violent conflict and it can bring different groups of people or stakeholders together to collaborate over a common interest, for example a shared water resource. I have been working with a peace park initiative between Honduras and Nicaragua, peace parks can be a great model for peace, sustainable development and environmental conservation. A friend of mine from Nigeria had once suggested creating a peace park between Nigeria and Cameroon - what do you think?
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