Business as Usual? The Implications of Recent Climate Science Findings for Climate Diplomacy
As a basis for climate diplomacy, the geopolitical narrative can facilitate a frank and open discussion going beyond some of the business as usual scientific battles in the past on how certain climate projections are or can be. ...
Perspectives for Climate Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
In a region that is highly vulnerable, disaster management and relief, cities and green technologies offer distinct narratives for promoting climate diplomacy in Southeast Asia. ASEAN offers useful entry points to do so, participants at a workshop in Singapore on 29 November 2013 agreed. ...
Yarlung Tsangpo River is a Living Ecosystem, not Just a Source of Hydropower
A joint mechanism is needed to look at China’s hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra, the river called the Yarlung Tsangpo in China. The situation will keep getting worse as long as rivers in the basin are seen as water pipes rather than living ecosystems. ...
Moving Energy Efficiency Forward in the U.S.: the Global Impact
The energy outlook in the United States looks vastly different than it did just a few years ago. What are the implications in the international context? Elissa Welch and Michael Zimmer from the Voinovich School at Ohio University provide answers with view to developments in energy efficiency. ...
Transparency, Good Governance and Natural Resource Management
The governance challenges of natural resource extraction are enormous. What can be done to improve natural resource governance? ECC’s Stephan Wolters talked to Peter Eigen, Founder of Transparency International and Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) from 2006-11. ...
Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN
Organised by the Center for International Forestry Research, this conference aims to explore how the region’s forests and landscapes can be better managed in the pursuit of new green-growth pathways for development. It features high-level speakers from politics, business and research, including several ASEAN ministers and prominent experts like IPCC’s Rajendra K. Pachauri. Please register online to participate.
Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security. IFPRI 2020 Conference
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and partners organise this conference to support action against food crises caused by economic and environmental factors. For this purpose, research communities and political actors will have the opportunity to meet and scrutinise the concept of resilience.
Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners
This short course at the University of East Anglia is designed to provide the necessary insights on the complexity of water resource management, a field that is connected to energy, nutrition and climate issues. For more information on specific topics, teaching staff and organizational detail, a course brochure is available for download.
Reports on Climate Change and Security in the OSCE Region
Which dynamics will play a key role in determining whether climate change leads to more insecurity and instability over the next 50 years? And which are adequate preventive measures? Three new studies on behalf of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) give resourceful insights to answer these questions.
The newly launched Environmental Peacebuilding Platform is a joint initiative by the Environmental Law Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, McGill University and the University of Tokyo with further partners. It reflects the research activities of these institutions over the past five years and documents current progress. The platform hosts a diverse collection of publications and news updates on environmental issues in (post-) conflict settings.
Video Interviews on Environment and Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The latest ECC video interviews focus on environmental issues in the conflict-prone context of South Asia. Oliver Brown, who has advised UNEP on the matter, explains risks and opportunities of natural resource management in Afghanistan. Boston University’s Adil Najam looks at the likely consequences of climate change in Pakistan, a country especially endangered by water-related disasters.
International Conference on Climate Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
The International Conference on Climate Security in the Asia-Pacific Region in Seoul was the third of the international climate security conferences aimed at finding foreign policy responses to climate risks, following events in Berlin and London. This documentation provides insights into the proceedings and the main results.
UN Stresses the Interconnectedness of Gender and Natural Resources
The UN publication “Women and Natural Resources. Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential” is concerned with the position of women in conflict settings and focuses on the link to natural resources. Understanding gender-specific vulnerabilities in order to protect and empower women is crucial to overcoming conflict, according to the report.
China Environment Series 12: Water and Energy Special
This publication is the twelfth issue of the annual documentation presented by the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum (CEF). This year’s discussion centres on the complex water-energy interconnection in the country that has drawn media attention both for its intensive hydropower development and for its pollution problems.
The new report “The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration - Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities” by UNEP and UNDP builds on field interviews from several African countries and Indonesia as well as on comprehensive desk studies of experiences from other parts of the world. It argues that more attention should be paid to natural resources during peace-building efforts. These resources are both interconnected with the conflicts and essential for securing livelihood in the conflict aftermath.
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