When conflict breeds other conflict: Natural resource conflicts in Mali

As conflicts over natural resources play out in Mali, spillover effects can be felt throughout the Sahel region.

“Local natural resource conflicts in Mali have spillover effects to other sectors and to other regions,” explains our adviser on natural resource management and climate change, Shreya Mitra.

“They are not geographically contained. And yet, when we are thinking about analysing these conflicts and developing responses, we think of them in isolation.”

In this video, Shreya stresses the necessity of analysing the underlying causes of conflicts over natural resources – internal and cross-border – and of applying conflict- and climate-sensitive approaches when responding to them.

This interview was recorded for the Environment, Conflict and Cooperation Platform.