What are natural resource conflicts?  

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"Natural resources conflict" is a term that is generally used to refer to a conflict between two countries (or between groups within a country) which is caused by competing claims for access to natural resources.  For example, two countries might come into conflict over the use of a river that runs through both countries.  The downstream country might object if the upstream country dams the river.

It is hard to exactly define which conflicts are natural resource conflicts because there can be conflicts that are partly about natural resourcs and partly about other things.

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