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Africa’s Great Green Wall is officially 4% – and unofficially 18% – complete

16 September, 2020
Natasha Vizcarra, Global Landscapes Forum

Now in its second decade, the ambitious African Union–led restoration initiative known as the Great Green Wall has brought close to 18 million hectares of land under restoration since 2007, according to a status report unveiled by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at a virtual meeting on Monday, 7 September.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
2

Water diplomacy: a tool for climate action? – Event summary

01 September, 2020
Raquel Munayer, adelphi

As part of this year’s online World Water Week at Home, adelphi and IHE Delft convened the workshop "Water diplomacy: a tool for climate action?". The workshop reflected on the role that foreign policy can play in mitigating, solving and potentially preventing conflicts over the management of transboundary water resources, especially in a changing climate.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Water

Region
Global Issues
3

Why the Nile Constitutes a New Kind of Water Dispute – and Why That’s Dangerous

11 September, 2020
Peter Schwartzstein, Center for Climate and Security

The longstanding dispute over water rights among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia escalated in 2011 when Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), in the absence of any agreement with downstream Egypt. The GERD dispute offers an alarming insight into just how dangerous future transboundary water disputes may become, particularly in the context of a changing climate.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
4

Water, Peace and Security

12 June, 2020
Manon Levrey, EPLO

Conflicts connected to water-security are often related to climate change issues. However, the link between water-scarcity-related risks and security challenges is not as straightforward, direct and immediate as often perceived. The online workshop ‘Mobilising decision-makers on water scarcity-induced conflict risks: The Water, Peace and Security Partnership’, organised by the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) and adelphi, looked into this complex relationship.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Water

Region
Global Issues
5

Why has the AU been silent on the Ethiopian dam dispute?

25 February, 2020
Meressa K. Dessu, Dawit Yohannes and Roba D. Sharamo , ISS Today

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are currently engaged in vital talks over the dispute relating to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. While non-African actors are increasingly present in the negotiations, the African Union (AU) is playing a marginal role.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
6

Australia’s bushfires and climate change: A media analysis

08 January, 2020
Daisy Dunne, Josh Gabbatiss and Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons, with swathes of the southern and eastern coastal regions having been ablaze for weeks.  As the fires have spread, there has been extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally documenting – and debating – their impacts. This Carbon Brief overview summarises how the fires – and the political response to them – have been covered by the media.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Forests

Region
Oceania & Pacific
7

Hydro-Nationalism: Future Water Woes Call for Radical New Borders

23 October, 2019
Zachary Q. McCarty (St. Olaf College) and Elizabeth L. Chalec …

Rio Grande, Texas, river, water, basin, border
The Rio Grande river in the state of Texas, United States. | © David Mark/Pixabay

International political boundaries are arbitrary creations. Today’s borders are better described as imaginary lines on maps, rather than hard barriers between states. Often using mountains, rivers, or other geographical landmarks, modern borders are entrenched in historic tradition rather than logic and fact. As a result, today’s international borders are poorly equipped to handle modern challenges, in particular climate change, which has already begun to threaten the most important state resource, fresh water.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Security
Water

Region
Global Issues

8

Analytical tools for identifying water conflict risks – Event summary

30 September, 2019
Benjamin Pohl (adelphi) and Susanne Schmeier (IHE Delft)

Access to water can be a critical resource for cooperation, but also a source of tension. Identifying risks before their onset is crucial for the efficiency and economic feasibility of intervention strategies, but how can these risks be measured? To address this conundrum, adelphi together with several partners convened a side-event at World Water Week, which connected experts developing analytical tools to policy makers in the water sector.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Conflict Transformation
Water

Region
Global Issues
9

Forty years of tree-planting in China: successes and failures

06 September, 2019
Feng Hao, chinadialogue

In the Inner Mongolian county of Horinger, Northwestern China, afforestation efforts have transformed a barren, dusty landscape into a pine forest. Planting trees has diminished the sandstorms, boosted biodiversity and improved the environment generally. As the climate emergency worsens, the potential for planted trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere is being re-examined. What can the world learn from the Chinese experience with afforestation?

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Global Issues
Asia
10

Providing Water Security in an Uncertain World

20 August, 2019
Nathanial Matthews (Global Resilience Partnership)

India, water

A problem is looming. Most water infrastructure isn’t designed to meet the demands of the increasingly volatile world that climate change is producing. Our modern landscape requires a reconceptualization of infrastructure’s demands and needs that often defies convention. And nowhere is a flexible and responsive approach more crucial than in water infrastructure, where we are experiencing unprecedented changes in flows and increasing pressures on consumption, according to Wellspring: Source Water Resilience and Climate Adaptation, a new report from the Global Resilience Partnership, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation and The Nature Conservancy. The report explores some ways practitioners can take a new approach to source water protection that would enhance resilience and help sustain communities and ecosystems in a shifting climate.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Water

Region
Global Issues