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ECC Newsletter Edition 01/2017

16 February, 2017
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In the ECC Newsletter Edition 01/2017, read about the challenges and ways forward for the G20 under the German presidency in light of climate risks, understand how to bridge the gap between forestry and peacebuilding and find out what UNCCD Executive Secretary, Monique Barbut, has to say about land degradation and migration. The newsletter also features a new video on climate-security strategies with experts from UNEP, EEAS, the Red Cross and the G7/G20.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Environment & Migration
Forests
Land & Food
Security
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 4/2016

06 December, 2016
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In the ECC Newsletter Edition 4/2016, read how to address the links between climate security and resilience on the ground, and find out why the Marrakech Vision, launched at COP22, is a strong signal for the G20. We are also pleased to feature articles about the environmental crisis in the Middle East and the links between climate, conflict and migration in Haiti. Other highlights in this edition of the newsletter include an analysis of land privatization and violence in Kenya, and a new video interview explaining China’s incentives for pursuing climate action. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Land & Food
Security

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Central America & Caribbean
Global Issues
Middle East & North Africa
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2016

13 October, 2016
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In the ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2016, read how to strengthen synergies between water and climate policies and why the new EU Global Strategy is important for climate diplomacy. The Newsletter also features articles on links between infrastructure and risk of post-drought violence, the role of disaster management in achieving gender equality as well as other interesting stories in the field of environment, conflict and cooperation. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Conflict Transformation
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Gender
Land & Food
Sustainable Transformation
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Europe
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 2/2016

20 June, 2016
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In the ECC Newsletter Edition 2/2016, read about institutional approaches to tackle climate-induced displacement, climate change impacts and mining as well as the important role of diplomacy in disaster risk reduction. We are also happy to feature a speech by the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs on climate and fragility. The newsletter furthermore highlights the ways of cooperation with Russia on climate change and why it is imperative that Europe accelerates the clean energy innovation. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Development
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Energy
Environment & Migration
Land & Food
Minerals & Mining
Security
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation

Region
Europe
Global Issues
North America
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2016

17 March, 2016
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In the ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2016, read why there is need for decisive EU climate diplomacy after COP21, and what an integrated response to climate change, instability and migration should entail. The newsletter also highlights the importance of strengthening women’s voices through participatory approaches in environmental governance and the importance of “Mission Innovation” for international climate policy. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Environment & Migration
Gender
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Technology & Innovation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Europe
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 4/2015

30 November, 2015
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The COP21 special issue of the ECC Newsletter focuses on the peacemaking potential of the climate conference, the importance of communicating the economic benefits of climate action, and the role climate change has played on the foreign policy agenda during 2015. This edition also features an interview with FAO’s Martin Frick on how climate-related impacts on food security can contribute to fragility and instability, possible solutions for the Southeast Asian haze problem, and how El Niño emphasizes the need for more climate resilience. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

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Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Conflict Transformation
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Land & Food

Region
Europe
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2015

10 September, 2015
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In the ECC Newsletter 3/2015, read why UN Security Council debates about climate change need to move beyond security warnings, which economic and social benefits green technologies have, and why climate insurance matters for adaptation. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Security
Sustainable Transformation
Water

Region
Global Issues
Oceania & Pacific
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 2/2015

08 June, 2015
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Read why resilience needs to be the new compass for foreign policy, how financial revenues from natural gas exploitation can help Australian farmers cope with climate change, and how city-to-city diplomacy contributes to fostering climate action. Download the PDF here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Civil Society
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Environment & Migration
Minerals & Mining
Security

Region
South America
Global Issues
Middle East & North Africa
Oceania & Pacific
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

12 February, 2015
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The ECC Newsletter 1/2015 highlights, among others, how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action. It also analyses linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa and how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2014

28 November, 2014
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The ECC Newsletter 3/2014 features, among other, an article by Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, about how his country approaches climate diplomacy on the way towards ambitious climate action. It also takes a closer look at local governance and climate resilience with perspectives from Latin America and from Southeast Asia. Regarding internal and cross-border displacement, the newsletter reviews current progress of the Nansen Initiative’s recent consultation in Manila. Download the PDF version of the newletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Environment & Migration
Minerals & Mining

Region
South America
Oceania & Pacific
North America
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 2/2014

04 September, 2014
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The Newsletter Issue 2/214 includes articles on the importance of water diplomacy, the consequences of a resource rush in the Arctic, and the prospects of conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also highlights initiatives in Uganda, Zambia and Cambodia that turn environmental conflict potential into collaboration. Download the PDF-version of the newsletter here.

NewsletterClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Energy
Forests
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2014

23 April, 2014
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Read about the implications of scientific findings for climate diplomacy, which global impacts future progress in U.S. energy efficiency might have, and what can be done to improve transparency in natural resource governance. Download the PDF version of the newsletter.

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Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Forests
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Water

Region
Europe
North America
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 4/2013

15 November, 2013
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This ECC Newsletter analyses the role of disastrous climate events for progress on the "loss and damage" agenda at COP19, and presents two views on the climate, water and food security nexus in South Asia. It also discusses the geopolitical implications of the U.S. shale gas boom and possibilities to reduce problematic air pollution in China. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

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Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Energy
Water

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
North America
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2013

30 September, 2013
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In the Newsletter Edition 3/2014, read about the increasing role of adaptation in climate diplomacy efforts, climate change and rural-urban migration in Ethiopia, and the battle over oil exploitation in the Ecuador'sYasuní rainforest. Download the PDF version of the newsletter here.

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Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Diplomacy
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Environment & Migration
Forests
Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Asia
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ECC Newsletter Edition 2/2013

15 August, 2013
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Read about renewed efforts in European climate diplomacy towards 2015 and beyond, the role of climate change and natural resource scarcity in the Arab Spring, and the need for China to develop a sustainable energy approach in the Mekong region. Download the PDF Version of the newsletter here.

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Capacity Building
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Water

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Sub-Saharan Africa
Europe
Middle East & North Africa
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Adaptation & Resilience

All countries will need to adapt to some of the environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change that are already unavoidable. Food security, livelihoods, water resource availability and public health are some affected areas. People living in poverty are more vulnerable, having a lower capacity to adapt. Thus, it is essential to promote resilience building. The adaptation and resilience aspects need to be mainstreamed into planning by policy makers and the private sector as well as integrated into development strategies.

Biodiversity & Livelihoods

Nature protection is most sustainable if it essentially contributes to the long-term stability of human needs. Today many regions around the world are confronted with increasing destruction of the natural foundations of life. The consequences of wide-ranging resource destruction are no longer regionally limited, but rather represent a global threat. Those affected are mainly rural populations, who find the sources of their income and the foundations of their way of life swept away. The depletion and destruction of natural resources goes hand in hand with decreasing agricultural yields and increasing poverty, which in turn forces the affected populations to deplete the remaining resources.

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Capacity Building

On the one hand, conflicts are caused by structural factors, such as economic and social inequality or environmental destruction. On the other hand, conflicts are fuelled by a lack of democratic structures, deficient mechanisms of non-violent conflict settlement, inadequate rule of law, the destruction of social and cultural identity and the disregard of human rights. Against this backdrop, development policies have been dedicated to a broad concept of security, which comprises political, economic, ecological and social stability. As a consequence, development cooperation agencies and actors have developed a broad spectrum of approaches for conflict prevention and transformation as well as for sustainable use of natural resources.

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Civil Society

Civil society is the first victim of environmental pollution, under-development and conflicts. Economically disadvantaged and politically marginalized population groups are particularly affected by violent conflicts as well as increasing resource degradation. Simultaneously, civil society is a fundamental pillar for implementing sustainable development. It contributes in many ways to strengthening conflict prevention and plays a significant role in the peaceful and democratic development of states. It must be supported to strengthen civil rights, adherence to human rights in general and democratic participation.

Climate Change

Climate change resulting from the emission of greenhouse gases represents one of the vital challenges for international environmental policy. Flooding, droughts, shifting of climate zones and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events will have serious economic and social consequences for entire regions. The climate problem is also directly linked to the question of future energy generation.

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Climate Diplomacy

To address the challenges posed by climate change, a new profile of climate diplomacy is evolving. This utilises a full range of policies, including development cooperation, conflict prevention efforts, and humanitarian assistance, in addition to more traditional measures of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Moving from a risk analysis of climate-related threats to well-timed preventive action requires a greater commitment to integrating climate change concerns into development, foreign, and security policies. Examples include strengthening diplomatic networks, building new alliances with partners, and raising awareness – not only of potentially negative climate change impacts, but also of opportunities to embark on a sustainable transformation of our societies.

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Co-Benefits

Climate action entails an array of economic, social, political and environmental co-benefits. It provides an opportunity for economic growth and new jobs. Many investments can take into account climate considerations without becoming more costly. Further important co-benefits include: improved energy security, less local air and water pollution, health benefits as well as ecosystem and biodiversity protection.

Conflict Transformation

In order to overcome the structural causes of violent conflicts and thus bring about an improvement in the framework conditions for peaceful and fair development, it is essential to have long term and broadly planned peace development and peace advancement. Various governmental and non-governmental, national and international actors and groups are involved in these processes.

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Development

Climate change and development are inextricably linked. Climate change endangers the development agenda and has the potential to reverse development goals. Furthermore, successful mitigation of climate change heavily depends on development choices around the world. Therefore, development strategies need to be climate-compatible to provide long-term success, and there are viable policy options that support this compatibility. Many mitigation and adaptation activities can present development opportunities to developing countries and avoid the lock-in to environmentally damaging technologies.

Early Warning & Risk Analysis

The reasons for the development and escalation of conflicts and the incidence of risks are multifaceted and complex. Simultaneously, the assessment of the specific causes in the form of risk and conflict analyses can contribute to a better understanding of these processes and make it possible to provide warning of negative developments, or ideally help prevent them. In the context of natural resource use, risks and conflicts have gained increasing attention in the past years. The debate on possible future water wars is merely one example.

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Energy

The well-being of individuals, communities and nations depends on the availability of energy resources. The gap between energy supply and demand appears to be growing, making the world vulnerable to serious economic shocks. At the same time, the burning of fossil fuels causing climate change is one of the vital challenges of international environmental policy. So far, only rudimentary approaches exist for shaping climate and energy security in a sustainable way. The components of a strategy that can contribute to reducing vulnerabilities related to climate change and energy policy include a greater role for renewable energies, the improvement of energy efficiency and a stronger decentralisation of energy supply.

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Environment & Migration

The economic, social and environmental consequences of climate change aggravate the breakdown of eco-system-dependent livelihoods and are likely to become dominant drivers of long-term migration. Natural disasters already cause massive shorter-term displacement and the number of temporarily displaced people is likely to further increase with climate change. For vulnerable populations in vulnerable regions, such as the Sahel zone or the Ganges delta, migration often becomes the sole survival strategy. In order to address climate-related displacement and migration successfully, knowledge of effective adaptation and an improved understanding of how environmental change affects human mobility is essential. 

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Finance

Climate finance, from all sources, plays a key role in supporting and enabling adaptation and mitigation action as well as climate and energy innovation. The Paris Agreement ensured that the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environment Facility are at the core of climate finance architecture as entities entrusted with the operation of the Financial Mechanism of the UNFCCC. Increasing climate finance from all relevant public and private sources is crucial. Furthermore, much needs to be done to redirect finance flows to sustainable paths, e.g. reducing fossil fuel subsidies, introducing maritime and air transportation taxes. The conditions for green investment in developing countries should also be improved.

Forests

Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Competition for forest resources triggers, exacerbates, or finances numerous crises and conflicts in tropical developing countries. Illegal logging and timber trade foster instability and sometimes violent conflict by strengthening illegal and armed groups, increasing corruption and exacerbating use and claim conflicts among local communities, the state and the business sector. Forests are a vital resource to poor people but they can also become areas of conflict. Sustainable management of forest resources is therefore key to preventing violent conflict over and within forests.

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Gender

Gender plays an important role as a category of conflict for many reasons. The interlinkages between gender, environment and conflicts are complex and much research is still needed. Existing insights suggest that conflicts may worsen gender inequalities that existed before the outbreak of violence. The unequal distribution of land property rights in many parts of the world serves as an example. Moreover, women (and children) are among those most affected by both violent conflict and natural disasters. At the same time, women carry much of the burden of trying to implement rehabilitation measures after crisis events.

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Land & Food

Increasing water scarcity, desertification and crop failures due to extreme weather events are becoming more and more of a threat to global food production. While the world’s population continues to grow rapidly, food production is unable to keep pace. Due to the global food crisis in 2008, the number of hungry people reached the symbolic one billion threshold for the first time – corresponding to about 16 percent of world population. Food insecurity may be a consequence or cause of conflicts. Violent conflicts often lead to the destruction of agricultural infrastructure and means of production, as well as to the displacement of local communities.

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Minerals & Mining

In the past, the discovery and tapping of valuable or strategic resources like valuable minerals, oil and natural gas, particularly in developing and emerging countries, has often led to large scale environmental contamination and negative development. The "resource curse" of some countries shows that the wealth from resource yields is frequently unfairly distributed; instead of serving development it advanced the formation of corrupt elites and in some cases even led to conflicts and civil wars. Measures in various sectors and at all levels are important in order to use the potential of these natural resources in a manner that is sustainable and prevents conflicts.

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Private Sector

The spread of violent conflict not only affects people but also companies located in such regions. Destruction of investments and infrastructure, collapse of markets and trade partnerships, flight and expulsion of employees are phenomena of conflicts and environment-induced crises that directly affect companies in unstable regions. Almost all branches of the economy thus have a clear interest in a stable and peaceful environment for their activities. Conversely, the business sector plays an important role in the interaction of economic growth, social development and a healthy environment, all of which can advance peace and sustainable development. 

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Security

Environmental issues have a significant security dimension. Access to, and overuse of, natural resources often play a key role in civil wars or other forms of internal domestic conflict. This is compounded by climate change and environmental degradation. Climate change is now widely recognised as a non-traditional, risk-multiplying threat that will have increasing security impacts. Key risks with possible implications for human and national security include water scarcity, food crises, natural disasters, and displacement. More preventive diplomacy and advocacy is needed to address the strategic implications of climate and environmental change.

Sustainable Transformation

Sustainable Transformation allows societies to profit from a growing, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economy – especially in emerging and developing countries. This requires a higher up-front investment, but the benefits of a sustainable transformation in the medium and long term are significant. For instance, energy cost savings and reducing the impact of price volatility offer major incentives for deploying renewable energies and promoting energy efficiency. Such benefits exist in all key sectors of the economy.

Technology & Innovation

Innovations and technologies are already readily available and affordable but their global diffusion and uptake remains a challenge. Innovation and technology are crucial to achieving ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation targets. However, research and development often do not receive appropriate public support. Developing countries can leapfrog high-carbon industrialisation phases by adopting, deploying and improving existing innovations and technologies. For this, it is essential to minimise financial, administrative and political barriers.

Water

The availability of freshwater resources in sufficient quantity and quality is essential for the preservation of human health and sound ecosystems. The use of water resources is also vital, however, for economic development: whether for agriculture, industrial production or for electricity generation. The world's freshwater resources are distributed very unevenly in terms of geography and seasons. In addition, water shortage is becoming more prevalent in several regions due to population growth, economic development, urbanisation and increasing environmental pollution. Thus, water resources can hold potential for conflicts between parties who have different interests and needs.

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Regions

Asia

The environment in Asia is already under tremendous pressure as a result of the unsustainable use of land, forests, water and even air in many regions. Climate change will only exacerbate these challenges. Rising sea levels will likely endanger densely populated areas, changes in the monsoon patterns can strongly impact agriculture, melting glaciers will increase long-term water scarcity, and extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall and cyclones can pose further hazards.

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Central America & Caribbean

Natural disasters and water scarcity are key challenges for most of Central America and the Caribbean. These challenges will become even more pronounced as the climate changes. Weak resource and disaster risk management and land disputes pose additional security challenges for large parts of the region. Several countries of Central America and the Caribbean have limited adaptive capacities as they face political instability caused by high social inequality, crime, corruption, and intra-state conflicts.

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Europe

As one of the most developed and most densely populated regions in the world, Europe makes heavy use of its resources, resulting in difficult trade-offs and negative consequences for the environment and ecosystems. Land is used for settlements, agriculture and dense infrastructure, creating problems of soil degradation. Water resources are stressed due to unsustainable agricultural practices. Despite nature protection policies, Europe continues to lose biodiversity at an alarming pace. Some of these trends are exacerbated by climate change, which is expected, for instance, to lead to shifts in water availability.

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Global Issues

Resource scarcities, environmental pollution and climate change are not limited by national borders, but often have a transboundary or even global impact. These issues interact with political stability, governance structures and economic performance, and can trigger or worsen disputes and violent conflicts. Exacerbating some of these trends, climate change is likely to lead to the degradation of freshwater resources, declines in food production, increases in storm and flood disasters and environmentally induced migration. All these developments pose potential for conflict.

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Middle East & North Africa

The geopolitical position of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), its fossil fuel resources, high population growth and the political changes spurred by the Arab Spring all make the region one of the most dynamic in the world. Nevertheless, it is also one of the most arid and environmentally stressed. Dwindling water resources, limited arable and grazing land, high pollution from household and industrial waste, remnants of conflicts and increasing desertification are key environmental challenges.

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North America

Climate change has various impacts on the three North American countries of Canada, Mexico and the US. Canada and the US have well-developed adaptive capacities and foster the strengthening of capacities in other regions as well. With high per capita emissions, these two countries also bear a greater responsibility for a changing climate. Mexico has a sound national strategy for climate change adaptation, yet fewer capacities than Canada and the US. The poorer and rural populations of Mexico are especially vulnerable to climate change, due to an increased sensitivity and a lower adaptive capacity.

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Oceania & Pacific

In Oceania, population growth and economic development trends put a strain on oceanic and island ecosystems. Freshwater scarcity, overexploitation of fisheries, loss of land biodiversity, forests and trees, invasive species, soil degradation, increasing levels of settlement, poor management of solid and hazardous waste and disproportionate use of coastal areas are some of the problems. Climate change exacerbates most of these trends, while also raising questions about the future sovereignty of some island states.

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South America

South America has diverse and unique ecosystems and is very rich in biodiversity. Weak natural resource management, land disputes and extreme weather events bring about significant challenges for the region. While South America accounts for relatively few CO2 emissions, the changing climate will alter its ecosystems and greater climate variability will lead to more hurricanes, landslides, and droughts.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

In many African states, environmental security issues rank high on the political agenda. Throughout the continent, countries suffer from water scarcity, food insecurity and energy poverty. These chronic and worsening resource scarcities have severe livelihood implications and are exacerbated by political conflicts over access to and control over these resources. Climate change may seriously threaten political and economic stability in Africa. It may also put a severe strain on the capacities of states and societies to co-ordinate activities, to communicate and to organize.

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