A Caravan of Peace and Security? Discussions on Climate Change and Security Are Continuing
The discussion on climate change as a threat to peace and security has gained some momentum after a UN Security Council meeting in July 2011. As a result, diplomats joined a conference caravan aimed at peace and security that most recently stopped for two meetings in New York and Seoul.
The Security Implications of Climate Change in Mali
The recent crisis in Mali is one example of how climate change acts as a “threat multiplier” by exacerbating the existing tensions and triggering more new conflicts. The nomadic groups such as the Tuaregs, who rely heavily on the land for their livelihoods, feel their interest is not protected by the authorities, rebelled over land and pasture that led to inter-ethnic conflicts.
Climate-induced migration in Mexico is a complex issue and the future impact of this phenomenon is neither clear nor agreed upon. The Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) team talked to Elizabeth Deheza from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, together with Dr Jorge Mora authors of a recent study on the topic.
Much ink has been spilled on the growing trend of global land grabs – land purchased en masse in developing countries like Ethiopia by foreigners mainly for agricultural export. But along with land, investors often also gain the right to use local water, sometimes with little consideration for local livelihoods. Fred Pearce recently looked into these “water grabs” in a series for National Geographic.
Transboundary Conservation and Peacebuilding through Experiential Learning
Utilizing transboundary conservation as a means to advance peacebuilding and environmental goals is no longer a new idea. Whether it is in southern Africa or in Central America, governments, NGOs, and communities are working across borders to achieve these distinct, yet complementary interests of conservation and peace.
Addressing Natural Resource Conflict through Collaborative Community Actions: Lessons from Central Uganda
As natural resources of Lake Victoria become scarcer, conflict emerges in and between riparian communities. Various stakeholders work together on a development project to build trust and cooperation capacity.
Climate Change, Weather Satellite Coverage Gaps Added to U.S. GAO’s 2013 High-Risk Series Report
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its wide-ranging 2013 high-risk series report to Congressional Committees. Through its continuous assessment and monitoring of the performance of major sectors of the U.S. federal government, the GAO found cause to include two new areas in the high-risk area list: the federal government’s fiscal exposure to climate change risks and potential gaps in weather satellite data.
Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts – or create new ones? The Wilson Center has just released a publication that draws on the insights of leading environmental security experts to examine different facets of the conflict potential of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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