The role of adaptation in climate diplomacy efforts has gained some political attention. “To adapt to climate change in a conflict-sensitive manner” is considered an “important task for 21st century foreign services” as the EU Foreign Affairs Council stated earlier this year in its June Council Conclusions. In a report to be published by the German Federal Environment Agency, adelphi analysed the linkage between adaptation, peace and stability.
Climate Change and Rural-Urban Migration: the Case of Ethiopia
Environmental changes have deleterious effects on the lives and livelihoods of poor rural farmers in Ethiopia whose income, health, nutritional status and subsistence depend on rain-fed agriculture. Given these constraints, migration, specifically rural-to-urban migration is increasingly used as a last-resort coping strategy for the poorest of these subsistence-farming families.
Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia
The Environment, Conflict and Cooperation team talked to Eileen Hofstetter from the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation. She is co-author of the ‘Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia’ released at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm. The Inventory was prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).
The Battle Over Oil in Ecuador’s Yasuní Rainforest
On August 15, President Rafael Correa announced that “the world has failed” Ecuador in its UNDP-supported goal of attracting $3.6 billion from the international community to offset the opportunity costs of not exploiting oil reserves located beneath a sensitive region of Yasuní National Park. What are the possible outcomes of the current situation in Ecuador, and how could they affect global trends in the debate between development and conservation?
Every year, the Global Futures Forum (GFF) provides a platform to engage in strategic-level dialogue and research to better understand and anticipate transnational threats. Bringing together intelligence, national security, and non-governmental experts from Europe, Asia and America, this year’s meeting focused on how natural resource relationships across Eurasia may shape the global security landscape for the next 15-20 years.
Book Review: Unfinished Business. Transformative Approaches to Address Global Environmental Change
The volume “A Changing Environment for Human Security. New Agendas for Research, Policy and Action” compiles results of the “Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project” (GECHS). It offers insights on how the connection of environmental transformation, poverty and security is being conceived of and on the dynamics of this field.
GWP’s Water and Food Security – Experiences in India and China
The Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership, an international network of organisations concerned with water resources management, has released a focus paper on Chinese and Indian experiences in the field. This case selection allows a comparison of a centralised and a federal political system coping with similar challenges of water, food and energy security. The challenges are posed both by the rapid development of these major Asian polities and by the global economic and ecological trends. ...
This September, the Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) programme has presented its new dashboard that analyses the vulnerability of African countries to climate-induced risks according to the center’s own model. ...
Video Interviews: the Geopolitics of Shale Gas
Unconventional gas provides a rapidly increasing new source of energy for the U.S. But what are the geopolitical implications of the U.S. "shale gas revolution"? In two video interviews Elliot Brennan from the Institute for Security and Development Policy and Justin Dargin ...
OECD Water Policy Reports
At the World Water Week (WWW) 2013, OECD launched two reports: Water Security for Better Lives. A Summary for Policy Makers and Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters. Both reports clarify the concepts of risk, vulnerability and security and discuss policy instruments available to cope with water challenges. ...
The influential NGO International Alert and Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Norway have created an iPhone application, which helps businesses identify and avoid operations that potentially constitute or contribute to human rights abuses. The app is based on the Red Flags initiative and warns companies, for example, if their use of assets is likely to finance international crimes or to undermine local communities.
adelphi has released two new publications in an endeavour to illustrate the rationale and results of the joint engagement by adelphi and the German Federal Foreign Office in climate diplomacy activities. The climate diplomacy initiative helps foster a response to climate change that is commensurate with its status as one of the key foreign policy challenges of the 21st century. ...
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