04 September, 2017

ECC Newsletter Edition 04/2017

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 In Focus: Climate Diplomacy

INTERVIEW: Trump Has Sent a Healing Shock Wave

The island state of Fiji is hosting the next United Nations climate conference. Inia Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, explains why the exit of the United States from the Paris Agreement also has positive aspects, why he is focusing on climate change adaptation, and why Fiji will not be joining the climate risk insurance.


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The Future of Energy is Female

One lesser-known feature of the global urbanisation trend is what researchers call the 'feminisation' of cities, or the proportionally higher number of women who move from rural areas to become city dwellers. But how can we turn 'feminised' cities into 'feminist' cities that cater to the specific and differential needs of women and men?

Climate and Security in Urban Spaces

Despite increased attention on megacities within climate change and development policy processes, relatively little attention has been paid to the potential for environmentally induced instability in coastal megacities. In a new briefer on the issue, we look at the implications of climate change and urbanization in two megacities, Lagos, Nigeria and Karachi, Pakistan.


10 Case Studies on Water and Conflict

Climate change and environmental degradation are altering the regional and seasonal availability and quality of water. The resulting competition over water use may lead to conflict and sometimes violence. In our Editor’s Pick, we present 10 case studies from our interactive ECC Factbook that analyse the linkages between water and conflict.

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Climate Diplomacy and India’s Ecological Task Force

The Indian military could be an instrumental player and leading force in India’s climate change strategy on domestic and international fronts. Dhanasree Jayaram analyses its traditional functions and newfound responsibilities towards the environment. The example of the Ecological Task Force, the world’s first ecological battalion, shows how the military could be involved in successful climate action.

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South America

INTERVIEW: Resource extraction and violent conflicts in Latin America - a shared responsibility

Natural resource extraction in Latin America leads to blatant human rights violations and conflict. Dawid Danilo Bartelt, book author and Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Mexico explains in an interview with ECC why resolving commodity-related conflicts will be impossible without a strong civil society, and points to the special responsibility of European consumers.

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27 August - 1 September 2017, Stockholm

World Water Week

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2017, it will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. adelphi is organising a side event on "Water Resources (In-)Security and Conflict – Exploring Inter-Linkages".

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The Lake Chad Crisis – in 10 Minutes

The world’s most extensive humanitarian crisis since 1945 is currently playing out in the four countries that surround Lake Chad: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The film investigates root causes for widespread misery and conflicts, not least the role of environment. It features local experts, peacebuilders and representatives of international organisations, such as the UN Security Council and the World Food Programme.

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INTERVIEW: Why Peacebuilders Need to Look at the Environment

All conflicts occur where people are interacting with an environment. As people depend upon that environment, its state dictates the stability of any peacebuilding attempts. In this video, Robert Ricigliano argues that it is not possible to simply pull apart peacebuilding, human rights, development and environment, but, in order to sustain peace, one has to look at them all together.

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How to Ensure Food Security in Times of Climate Change?

In this video, experts discuss the role climate change plays as a conflict multiplier. Key aspects include shocks in food production and the disintegration of livelihood systems, which put increased pressure on local populations that are dependent on agricultural activities. Land restoration, climate change mitigation and early warning systems can be supported by effective global governance for curtailing climate-related risks to peace.

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China and its Climate Leadership in a Changing World

Substantial changes are underway in a number of countries and in international politics. Time is also running short for the global community to tackle climate change. Donald Trump’s election as US president and the US’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has cast a long shadow over international climate cooperation and diplomacy. The world community is looking to China to help fill the leadership vacuum in international climate politics.


Integrating Water and Climate Diplomacy in the Mekong River Basin

The Mekong River in Southeast Asia is an important source of life for people living within the basin. Sharing the river’s water resources is, however, becoming increasingly difficult, and has already sparked disputes among riparians. Climate change could potentially increase political instabilities and intensify interstate disputes. This policy brief therefore argues that it is important to increase capacities to adapt to changing climatic conditions.


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as a Tool for Conflict Prevention

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a non-legally binding agreement designed to reduce existing levels of risk and prevent emerging risks. While references to conflict were deleted from the final text, Sendai addresses issues parallel to those that would need to be addressed in a prevention-oriented and 'sustaining peace' agenda.

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Editorial team:
Alexander Carius, Adrien Detges, Daria Ivleva, Raquel Munayer, Benjamin Pohl, Lukas Rüttinger, Stella Schaller, Dennis Tänzler, Stephan Wolters. Editing support by William Hull and Emily Wright.

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