This website offers a platform for exchange on environment, conflict, and cooperation (ECC). It aims to foster sustainable peace and development by gathering and disseminating knowledge. It also seeks to create networks among stakeholders in the global environment, climate, foreign policy and security communities.
Environmental aspects are increasingly recognised as important elements of sustainable peace: The UN and EU have initiated discussions on the potential impacts of climate change on the security and stability of states, and environmental security has become a central issue in foreign and security strategy planning. This is also illustrated by the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office for this platform.
This website approaches the ECC topics from two main angles:
1) Our focus on Climate Diplomacy explores the foreign policy dimension of climate change and climate policy, including different regional and thematic approaches to it. The website also seeks to provide arguments for enhanced international cooperation and diplomatic engagement for climate in multi- and bilateral fora.
To read more about climate diplomacy, have a look at the booklet: Climate Diplomacy - Foreign Policy Responses to Climate Change (2017). Highlights include:
2) Our second core theme revolves around approaches to build resilience to compound climate-fragility risks. This platform section presents core conclusions of the report A New Climate for Peace, commissioned and welcomed by the G7 foreign ministers. The page’s Resilience Compass blog provides a space to share analysis, research and emerging thinking on climate change impacts and climate change responses in fragile states and on the actions necessary to build resilience and stability.
To create and spread the knowledge on the versatile ECC topics, the platform offers several original tools:
We seek to further promote a vivid discussion on issues of the environment and natural resources at the global and regional level. A number of regional partners form part of our editorial team to provide local insights and first-hand information:
Energy Poverty Research Group (EPRG): EPRG was established at the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane by the UQ Energy Initiative and the School of Chemical Engineering in 2013. The EPRG is a transdisciplinary group which investigates how energy access and poverty alleviation are interconnected in developing contexts. It incorporates the disciplines of engineering, economics and business, communications and social change, and behavioural sciences to support enabling environments that can positively shape energy dynamics in impoverished communities. Bringing together research capability and innovation across disciplines, the group explores sustainable, reliable and affordable energy systems that are tailored to local and regional socio-economic contexts.
The Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG) was formed in early 2006. Given the wide variety of expertise available at Manipal University this initiative seeks to establish synergies between fundamental research in the natural (physical) sciences and engineering. MARG has also launched the Science, Technology and Security Forum (STSf) website, which is intended to provide a platform to the larger strategic, academic, diplomatic and scientific community to participate in debates on matters impacting international security with a particular focus on Asia and in particular, India. The need for such a forum has its origin in the necessity to integrate scientists and technologists with the matrix of decision-making in matters of policy.
Institute for Security Studies (ISS): As a leading African human security research institute, the Institute for Security Studies works towards a stable and peaceful Africa characterized by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security.
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University: Comprised of faculty and professional staff members who work in multidisciplinary project groups, the School integrates scholarship, learning, and practice to solve environmental and energy problems.
Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA): Its mission is to promote constructive dialogue, strengthen citizen, political and institutional capacities, and articulate processes towards sustainable development in Latin America. Therefore it utilizes multi-sectoral public policy dialogues and conflict prevention methodologies as its main strategies.
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies: The mission of the Centre for NTS Studies is to conduct research and produce policy-relevant analyses aimed at furthering awareness and building capacity to address non-traditional security issues and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center: Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) – an initiative of the Wilson Center’s Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience – has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, the media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content (audio and video), and the award-winning blog, New Security Beat.
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) in 2015. Now operated by a consortium of leading think tanks, the goal of PSI is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating the Community of Practice on planetary security. The PSI aims to increase awareness, to deepen knowledge, and to develop and promote policies and good practice guidance to help governments, the private sector and international institutions better secure peace and cooperation in times of climate change and global environmental challenges.
Other useful resources on environment, land, food, climate, development and other related issues include:
Land Portal: This platform is a is a free and highly curated repository which gives access to over 35,000 open access publications, laws and regulations and multimedia items, aggregated from over 1,000 different sources. It features thematic portfolios on forest tenure, indigenous and community land rights, land and investments, land and gender, urban tenure and land conflicts.
Environmental peacebuilding integrates natural resource management in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and recovery to build resilience in communities affected by conflict. Join our growing global community of researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in sharing experiences and lessons from managing natural resources in conflict-affected settings, accessing new research on the topic, and participating in events to support the growing network of professionals active in environmental peacebuilding.
Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Chinadialogue: China is growing fast and, as it grows, it is faced with urgent environmental challenges. Climate change, species loss, pollution, water scarcity and environment damage are not problems confined to one country: they are challenges that concern all the world's citizens, but the rise of China gives them a new urgency. Tackling these challenges will require a common effort and common understanding. Chinadialogue aims to promote that common understanding. chinadialogue is devoted to the publication of high quality, bilingual information, direct dialogue and the search for solutions to shared environmental challenges.
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