Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining
Central America & Caribbean
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Sub-Saharan Africa
Central America & Caribbean
Middle East & North Africa
Asia
Josh Busby, Ashley Moran (UT Austin) and Clionadh Raleigh (ACLED)

A new USAID report focuses on the intersection of climate exposure and state fragility worldwide. It finds that the factors that make a country vulberable to large-scale conflict are similar to those that make it vulnerable to climate change. The report thus offers a way for global audiences with an interest in climate and security to identify places of high concern.

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Forests
Europe
Global Issues
Asia
Dhanasree Jayaram, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

The EU’s decision to phase out palm oil biodiesel is likely to backfire, with negative repercussions not just on the countries concerned but also on international relations and the climate. The EU should hence invest more heavily in climate diplomacy in order to find a real solution to problems such as deforestation and wildlife loss.            

Climate Change
Finance
Forests
Private Sector
Europe
Global Issues
Frédéric Simon, EURACTIV

Former UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, has called on the European Union to step up regulatory action against deforestation in the global south by tackling emissions of imported agricultural goods like beef, soy and palm oil.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Forests
Europe
Aline Robert, EURACTIV France

France likes to be seen as a leader on climate action, but when it comes to the role of forests, the country’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Capacity Building
Europe
Severin Fischer and Oliver Geden

For many years, the EU pursued the strategy of 'leading by example’ in international climate negotiations.

Climate Change
Capacity Building
Europe
Richard Youngs

Climate change plays an increasingly important role in European security debates. The European Union (EU) has begun to develop “climate security” strategies that address the strategic and political impacts of climate change.

Water
Capacity Building
Climate Change
Europe
Svetlana Valieva

In the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28th, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in an attempt to restart negotiations over the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.