UCI "Blood Diamond" Expert Addresses Africa Peacekeeping
|Photo by Richard Matthew/UC Irvine|
|A refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to people displaced by violence.|
His discussion is culled from his field research on violence driven by the struggle to control natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa, and he'll assess the risks and opportunities that exist for conservationists who set out to manage natural resources there.
Matthew works with the United Nations in Africa as a senior expert on environment, conflict and peacebuilding. He recently conducted field research in the Albertine Rift, one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically unique regions of Africa--and the site of much political and social violence.
He is scheduled to speak from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday in the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Way, Irvine. His talk is free and open to the public, but a RSVP is requested at (949) 824-2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org as space may be limited. Free parking is available in the Beckman lot.