Building sustainable peace through environmental cooperation in the island of Ireland: modelling transboundary conservation

Juneseo Hwang

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Abstract

As Brexit becomes reality, concerns are growing over environmental degradation due to differences in environmental policies on both sides of the border. At the same time, post-conflict peace occupied by neoliberal ideas remains fragile. However, there is no research that explores the nexus between environmental cooperation and peacebuilding in the Irish context. To narrow this loophole, first, this essay engages with the theory of environmental peacebuilding and sheds light on the role of environmental cooperation as an instrument for peacebuilding in post-conflict societies. Then, it proposes three models for environmental peacebuilding that likely fit in the Irish context. While not singling out one most feasible model, the paper concludes that the island of Ireland already has institutional arrangements and resources to implement any of the proposed models. Building a sustainable peace requires an approach to not only facilitate good relationships between divided human communities, but also resolve the human-nature conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalIrish Political Studies
Early online date30 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 30 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Transboundary Conservation
  • Irish Border
  • Brexit
  • Environmental Peacebuilding
  • Sustainable Peace

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