Connecting the Dots: Integrating Green Jobs into Climate Diplomacy
Policy-makers are often wary of the large investments and efforts a sustainable transformation requires. But it can provide significant opportunities for economic growth and new jobs. Michael Renner has more on what this means for climate diplomacy.
African countries face diverse development challenges and are already feeling the impacts of climate change. What is the perception of climate risks and which policy efforts address them? Johara Bellali reports on the latest discussions and a joint adelphi-EUISS event.
The Extraction-Based Model and Conflict in Bolivia
Despite the constitutionally enshrined concept of “living well”, Bolivia is far from being immune to unsustainable agricultural and extractive practices. The Third Meeting of the School for Environmental Leaders in Potosí called for action to honor the nation’s commitment to Mother Earth.
Mining and Livelihoods: Mongolia’s Future in a Changing Climate
Both mining and traditional herding are part of today’s Mongolia, with at times conflicting interests. Climate change may exacerbate these conflicts even more, as Vigya Sharma from the University of Queensland explains.
Low Oil Prices Could Shake up Africa’s Petro States
Many African regimes depend heavily on oil and gas revenues, others are about to embark on the extractivist path. If oil remains cheap for several years, would this destabilise large parts of the continent or may it rather lead to political progress? Jill Shankleman analyzes social and political risks.
National and local governments need to transform environmental action into more local and manageable scales of sustainable economic transformation. Gayle Amul shares insights from a recent Policy Roundtable on Sustainable Development, Environmental Security and Climate Change.
The First Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation is organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and hosted by Bangkok Municipal Administration. Municipal decision-makers, international development actors and donors will come together to explore options for climate resilient urban governance and create momentum for concerted action in the Asia-Pacific Region. You can download the conference brochure and register online.
This annual conference, attended by high-level business executives, government officials, representatives from academia and civil society, offers a great opportunity to receive the latest information on multiple climate change issues and to expand networks. For the list of speakers, the agenda (including the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner) and other information, please consult the event’s webpage.
The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will bring together several thousand participants to assess the progress on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) that emerged from the previous world conference in 2005. To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction and to agree on implementation arrangements are core goals of this global meeting. The UNISDR is gathering success cases to demonstrate the achievements of the HFA. Please see the conference website.
Climate Change, Migration and Security: Video Interview with Michael Werz
What does migration mean for political stability and for resource security as the world is getting warmer? Michael Werz from the Center for American Progress co-authored a series of reports on regional security impacts of climate-related migration. In this interview, he showcases Chinese internal migration to Shanghai and cross-border migration between Bangladesh and India to illustrate security concerns.
This DFID-approved Topic Guide reviews the latest evidence on the relationship between climate change, environmental stress and conflict in a way that is suitable specifically for policy makers’ needs. Evidence gaps and their implications for practice are also addressed. Furthermore, the publication reflects upon ways to improve political action in light of existing knowledge and dedicates a section to the challenges politics faces.
World Disasters Report 2014: Culture and Risk
The latest World Disaster Report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies studies the effect of culture on risk reduction. One cannot assume, as is commonly done, that risks can be dealt with across the world by relying on the same rationale. The report thus looks for ways to improve disaster risk reduction activities by taking local viewpoints into account. Using various case studies, the publication explores the role of religion, community structure and lifestyle.
Integrated Landscape Approach for Food Security
The paper Managing for Resilience: Framing an Integrated Landscape Approach for Overcoming Chronic and Acute Food Insecurity proceeds from the insight that despite many successful food and agriculture programmes, food insecurity persists and food crises seem to occur even more often. The authors advocate the integrated landscape approach to agriculture management and demonstrate its potential to provide long-term livelihood resilience.
Securing Forests, Securing Rights is the report from the International Workshop on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples held in Palangka Raya, Indonesia in March 2014. 60 representatives of forest peoples from nine countries met to reiterate the urgency to stop deforestation and associated human rights violations. The report includes country case studies, dialogue summaries and the Palangka Raya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest People that outlines the appropriate action for different actors.
Under-Mining Agriculture: How Extractives Threaten Our Food Systems
This report by the Gaia Foundation looks at the impacts of expanding mining activities on the earth’s ecosystems and communities. It focuses on the adverse implications for agricultural systems through the impacts on land, water, air, climate and livelihoods. Case studies from different countries support the report’s key message that mining, fuelled by false growth visions, threatens the most basic natural resources, endangering food security in multiple ways.
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