April 20, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
"We cannot manage our planet if we cannot manage our forests," said William Sommers, a research professor with the Center for Climate and Society at George Mason University. Sandra Brown of Winrock International and David Cleaves, climate change advisor to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, joined Sommers and moderator Thomas Lovejoy, professor at George Mason, to discuss the impact of climate change, carbon, and fire on the world's forests.
April 07, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Rural communities in developing countries understand that high population growth rates, poor health, and environmental degradation are connected, said Population Action International's Roger-Mark De Souza. An integrated approach to development – one that combines population, health, and environment (PHE) programs – is a "cost-effective intervention that we can do very easily, that responds to community needs, that will have a huge impact that's felt within a short period of time," said De Souza, who was joined by three other experts to discuss how to improve current efforts to expand the PHE approach.
April 01, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
According to the latest projections, the global population will hit the seven billion mark later this year and perhaps nine billion by 2050. Yet, while the global population is growing, it is also aging, due to falling fertility rates and longer life expectancies.
March 30, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Michael Mbizvo, director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the WHO, discusses ways to ensure universal access to family planning services for sub-Saharan Africa.To talk about this difficult question and present research and programmatic evidence for sub-Saharan Africa, Mbizvo was joined by panelists; Fred Makumbi, Oladosu Ojengbede, and Frank Taulo.
March 28, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Lisa Gaylord, director of program development at the Wildlife Conservation Society; Matthew Erdman, program coordinator for the Population-Health-Environment Program at Blue Ventures Conservation; and Kristen Patterson, senior program officer at The Nature Conservancy, discussed the challenges and outcomes of past and future integrated population, health, and environment (PHE) programs in Madagascar.
Climate Adaptation, Development, and Peacebuilding in Fragile States: Finding the Triple-Bottom Line
March 28, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The nexus between development, peace, and climate stability were discussed by Alexander Carius, Executive Director, Adelphi Research; Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert; and Neil Levine, Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at U.S. Agency for International Development. In this context, the climate issue was viewed as a risk or conflict "multiplier," with the aforementioned interlinked problems requiring interlinked solutions.
March 24, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
In 2008, demographer Richard Cincotta predicted that between 2010 and 2020 the states along the northern rim of Africa – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt – would each reach a demographically measurable point where the presence of at least one liberal democracy (and perhaps two), among the five, would not only be possible, but probable. Recent months have brought possible first steps to validate that prediction.
March 23, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
A discussion on what "Lost" cultures can contribute to management of our planet.
March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The documentary The Fence, directed by Rory Kennedy, "shows a strong case against a single-minded approach to securing the border," said Mexico Institute Program Associate Robert Donnelly at a Wilson Center screening on March 23. Part of the DC Environmental Film Festival, the screening was co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Mexico Institute.
March 14, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba, the Mellon Environmental Fellow with the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College. Sciubba, along with Deputy Under Secretary Kathleen Hicks of the U.S. Department of Defense, discussed the national security implications of demography and its important role in understanding and managing conflicts around the world.