SER free seminar 


Alan Roe will present ‘Natural resources management and the cultivation of Papaver somniferum (opium poppy): dimensions of chronic conflict in Afghanistan’, on Friday 20 October from 1pm.

Afghanistan currently produces 92 per cent of the world’s illicit opium. Increases in the illicit cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan is often attributed directly to the deteriorating security situation and incapacity of national and international forces to impose rule of law in rural areas.

This presentation emphasizes the impact of decades of conflict in Afghanistan and the threats which this poses to environmental governance at both state and community levels. Specifically it investigates disruption to the community management of land and water as key natural resources and places farmer choices to cultivate of opium within this context.

In this presentation Alan will give an insight into the unique NRM challenges which the country now faces and outline the rationale for, (and lessons of) research intended to ascertain how these challenges can be effectively addressed.

This seminar takes place in Room 1, Building 22, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University.

Visit the School for Environmental Research website for more information about this and other SER seminars.