In the course of the debate on the security implications of climate change, the discussion on "environmental refugees" is also receiving new momentum.
The Peacebuilding Commission has a "crucial role" to play "in ensuring that natural resources become an engine for sustainable development", especially in post-conflict settings.
Central Asia belongs to the resource-richest regions worldwide. Most probably that fact is also the main driving force of the EU's "Strategy for a New Partnership" with Central Asia, which was presented at the end of June.
Sudan and Darfur are currently the most often cited examples for links between desertification and conflict. This was also the case on June 26, 2007, at the "Desertification and Security" conference, jointly organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry for Development.
Although shared water resources can lead to competition, confrontation and even escalate into violent conflict, there is nonetheless considerable potential for cooperation in water management. There are international as well as local examples of water linking people.
This annual workshop of the Sustainable Land Management Network in Mountainous Region of the Mainland Southeast Asia (SLM-MMSEA), extending to Northeastern India serves as a sustainable land management forum from a wide range of disciplines and broad geographical areas in the region.
KOFF would like to offer the space to share and discuss past experiences and current challenges of applying conflict sensitivity and managing peacebuilding programmes.
The Finnish Environment Institute has already arranged two conferences on Climate and Water, the first one in 1989, the second one in 1998.
The International Peace Park designation legitimized a spirit of cooperation that has been used to seek ongoing designations and other forms of cooperation that may not have been anticipated at the time.
Parallel to the beginning of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) submitted its report "Climate Change as Security Risk" to the federal government.
Fifteen years ago the five riparian countries of the Aral Sea basin signed a cooperation agreement and established the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia (ICWC).
The European Commission (EC) increasingly addresses environmental security. In Fall 2006, the Directorate-General for External Relations commissioned a study on the capacities of the EC to prevent and mitigate environment-related conflicts.