No Time to Rest: Leadership Required in EU Climate Diplomacy after Paris
The success of the landmark Paris Agreement ultimately hinges on sustained efforts in the years to come. Stephan Wolters and Dennis Tänzler suggest five elements for EU Climate Diplomacy to keep up the positive momentum.
Climate Change, Instability and Migration: Forging a Positive, Sustainable Response
Why do some measures to address the causes of migration still ignore climate change? And do we need a policy revolution to achieve integrated, long-term solutions? Benjamin Pohl looks at recent action by the EU.
Strengthening Women’s Voices in Environmental Governance
It is important to listen to the groups that are marginalised in a community, as a project by adelphi and WordFish illustrates. Women living in Kachanga, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria, helped identify an unexpected way to tackle existing fishing conflicts.
Transparency and Dialogue in the Extractive Industry in Latin America
What is the role of transparency in mining and how can it be fostered in conditions of asymmetrical power? The Latin American Dialogue Group: Mining, Democracy and Sustainable Development recently started a multi-stakeholder process to offer answers.
Tackling the Environmental Risks Faced by Cities in India and Beyond
The changing climate brings about more intense floods in cities in India and all around the world. It seems, however, that urban planning is still neglecting the growing risks. What are the biggest mistakes and how can we avoid them?
Mission Innovation: a Much Needed Policy-Innovation for International Climate Policy
Mission Innovation is an initiative by twenty leading countries to double their Research & Development budgets for clean energy innovation in the next five years. In this opinion piece, Johannes Ackva lays out why this new initiative is an essential complement to carbon pricing and deployment policies and should receive far more attention in the future.
Urbanization and Climate Diplomacy: How to Realise the Potential of Cities for Ambitious Climate Action?
Most of the progressive policies and significant challenges with regard to climate change are found in cities. A study by adelphi looks at ways of integrating urban actors in international climate governance to find more effective climate solutions. Kaj Fischer sums up the results.
Targeted at private sector, academia, urban, and civil society actors, this event seeks to maintain the momentum of the successful climate conference in Paris and secure implementation. Some of the topics of the event are cities, land use, resilience, energy, transport, tools for decision makers and finance. Organizing partners include the World Bank, the Compact of Mayors, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the University of Maryland.
This biannual forum convened by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery brings together experts working in the field of disaster risk identification to discuss a wide array of topics, e.g. connections of poverty and risk. Please visit the event’s webpage to find related reports and articles as well as a list of initiatives.
UN OCHA organises this unprecedented summit, an initiative of UN Secretary-General, to specify actions that can help cope with crises and identify best practices around the world. The five key areas to be addressed by a new humanitarian agenda are dignity, safety, resilience, partnerships and finance. The key documents, including major reports and documentation of the public consultation process, are available online.
The ECC Factbook is an online tool that informs both policymakers and the general public about over 100 conflicts with an environmental dimension. Read more about new cases, new exciting features and a new video. We would also very much appreciate your input on what type of information you are particularly interested in. Please take a moment for our brief survey. Thank you very much in advance!
Land Restoration: Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future provides a holistic overview of land degradation and restoration in that it addresses the issue of land restoration from the scientific and practical development points of view. It collates findings from various levels of governance and experiences from diverse stakeholder communities toward a viable solution to one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration
This book brings together contributions on climate change and environmental degradation, migration and organizational studies, specifically addressing the role of international organizations, courts and advocacy groups. Both researchers and practitioners offer their perspectives on the complex phenomenon of environmental migration and on developments in this policy field during the last years.
Video Interview with ESA’s André Kuipers
André Kuipers, a Dutch astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), speaks about his perspective on climate and environmental change. Pointing out the various ways in which human activities impact planet Earth, he emphasises the need for new approaches to safeguard ecosystems. This is one of the interviews conducted during the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague (2-3 November 2015) for the ECC Platform.
Local Action Driving Transformation. Proceedings of ICCA 2015
The International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2015) brought together 450 participants from 27 countries to exchange on political strategies, framework conditions and mechanisms for successful municipal climate action. This report comprises the main speeches and the results of six thematic workshops. It also includes the proceedings of the Climate Neighbourhood event with best practices of local climate action projects, as well as the conference's major outcome, the Hanover Declaration: Local Governments Driving Transformation.
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Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano's (FFLA) mission is to promote constructive dialogue, strengthen citizen, political and institutional capacities, and articulate processes towards sustainable development in Latin America. Therefore it utilizes multi-sectoral public policy dialogues and conflict prevention methodologies as its main strategies.
The Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG) was formed in early 2006. Given the wide variety of expertise available at Manipal University this initiative seeks to establish synergies between fundamental research in the natural (physical) sciences and engineering. MARG has also launched the Science, Technology and Security Forum (STSf) website, which is intended to provide a platform to the larger strategic, academic, diplomatic and scientific community to participate in debates on matters impacting international security with a particular focus on Asia and in particular, India.
Energy Poverty Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Queensland: EPRG was established at the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane by the UQ Energy Initiative and the School of Chemical Engineering in 2013. The EPRG is a transdisciplinary group which investigates how energy access and poverty alleviation are interconnected in developing contexts. It incorporates the disciplines of engineering, economics and business, communications and social change, and behavioural sciences to support enabling environments that can positively shape energy dynamics in impoverished communities. Bringing together research capability and innovation across disciplines, the group explores sustainable, reliable and affordable energy systems that are tailored to local and regional socio-economic contexts.