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Ethiopia’s climate fragility and security linkage too serious to ignore

25 November, 2019
Milen Yishak, Independent Consultant on Environmental Diplomacy

Until recently, impressive economic growth, stable leadership and its attractiveness as a foreign investment hub put Ethiopia in a positive spotlight. However, the country still ranks low in human development and is highly dependent on rainfed agriculture, making it particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Combined with existing tensions and inequalities, climate vulnerability can exacerbate security risks. To mitigate these linkages, Ethiopia’s leadership should support implementation of conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation policies and include climate security in its conflict mitigation strategy.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Land & Food

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
2

Europe’s carbon-rich peatlands show ‘widespread’ and ‘concerning’ drying trends

24 October, 2019
Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief

European peatlands could turn from carbon sinks to sources as a quarter have reached levels of dryness unsurpassed in a record stretching back 2,000 years, according to a new study. This trend of “widespread” and “substantial” drying corresponds to recent climate change, both natural and human-caused, but may also be exacerbated by the peatlands being used for agriculture and fuel.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Land & Food

Region
Europe
Global Issues
3

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

4

Tackling Food Security and Protracted Crisis in Horn of Africa

11 October, 2019
Planetary Security Initiative

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO's work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan - part of a new initiative to scale-up resilience-based development work in countries affected by protracted crises.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Conflict Transformation
Development
Finance
Land & Food

Region
Middle East & North Africa
5

Linking climate change and peacebuilding in Colombia through land access

18 September, 2019
Sebastian Lema (Climate Focus) and Johanna Kleffmann (adelphi)

Colombia’s long-standing internal conflict and the country’s contribution to climate change share one common root cause: land concentration. Policies to strengthen access to land and to ensure sustainable land use might therefore hold the key to promoting peacebuilding in Colombia, while simultaneously reducing emissions.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Land & Food
Security

Region
South America
6

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
7

It’s not just energy – The multi-layered nature of decarbonisation

30 August, 2019
Dennis Tänzler, adelphi

Two events in August 2019 underlined the complexity of paving the way to a climate-neutral world: the publishing of the new IPCC report and the Amazon fires. Both events demand that climate diplomats move beyond a narrowed focus on energy in decarbonisation debates.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Land & Food

Region
Global Issues
8

Explainer: ‘Desertification’ and the role of climate change

30 September, 2019
Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

The severity of desertification and its mutual relationship with climate change cannot be overstated. In light of the recent launch of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Robert McSweeney from Carbon Brief explains what desertification is, what role climate change plays, and what impact it has across the world.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Land & Food

Region
Global Issues
9

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

02 October, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining

Region
Central America & Caribbean
10

EVENT SUMMARY: "Climate, Fragility and the SDGs: Lessons from Lake Chad"

24 July, 2019
adelphi

“Climate Security risks will materialise in very different ways and forms, whether we talk about  Lake Chad or about the Arctic, Bangladesh and the Small Island Developing States,” said the EU’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Joao Vale de Almeida, in his opening remarks. “But for the EU, there is no doubt, as underlined in 2016 in our Global Strategy, and reaffirmed by the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, that climate change is a major threat to the security of the EU and to global peace and security more generally,” he said.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
11

Why has climate change adaptation become more important than ever in India?

24 July, 2019
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

As India grapples with the worsening impacts of climate change, the need to strengthen its adaptation efforts has become more significant than ever. Climate diplomacy and mainstreaming climate adaptation into the most vulnerable sectors could provide some solutions to overcoming barriers, such as the lack of sustainable funding.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Finance

Region
Global Issues
Asia
12

Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states

09 July, 2019
Martin Ras, UNDP

No country is immune to natural hazards, but for fragile states, the effects are even more severe. Mostly, conflict prevention and humanitarian aid are seen as more pressing priorities to protect livelihoods there. This pushes efforts of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to the bottom of the priority list and results in compounded pressures.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Conflict Transformation
Development
Security

Region
Global Issues
13

South Asia Needs to Adopt a Gender Mainstreaming Approach in Climate Policy

31 May, 2019
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

Women are vital for effective climate policy making and implementation. In South Asia, more needs to be done on systematically integrating women into policy processes - as active stakeholders and not merely as victims of climate risks.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Gender

Region
Global Issues
Asia