The Publish What You Pay campaign aims to help citizens of resource-rich developing countries hold their governments accountable for the management of revenues from the oil, gas and mining industries.
A mid-term independent evaluation of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), facilitated by CIDA, was one of the main issues during the Advisory Board meeting of the Initiative at the end of October in Vienna.
by Kate Romer, Senior Country Programme Coordinator, World Vision Australia
Are governments in the Asia-Pacific region doing enough to support those at risk of displacement from climate change? Should they be regarded as refugees?
The Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, gave a speech on climate and security at the British Embassy, Berlin, 24 October 2006. The following are excerpts of the speech:
Imagine you want to compile in one book the findings about global warming as collected in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the knowledge of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) or the World Bank on the status and perspectives of human and
Rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food. But while users within a nation often fight over water, no nations have gone to war specifically over water resources for thousands of years.
Protests against mega infrastructure projects in a number of Latin American countries have intensified during the last few months. The main victims of projects, such as dams, road developments through tropical forests, and mining projects are poor communities.
According to the World Bank the annual global market value of losses from illegal cutting of forests exceeds US$10 billion, causing annual losses in government revenues of about US$5 billion.
In Mid-September, the German Federal Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ), the British Department for International Development (DFiD), the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), and International Alert organized a two-day conference in Berlin.
In China, 100 million people need to share the water of the Yellow river basin, and find the best ways of doing so. In the Pangani river basin in Tanzania, conflicts are emerging between water users, such as commercial farms, small farmers and livestock keepers.
Although decision makers at the policy level as well as in industry and civil society paint an almost rosy picture of climate protection activities in Germany and Europe, they must increasingly face up to the need for adaptation to – now inevitable – climate change.