May 13, 2013 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
Effective local institutions are central to society’s ability to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our capacity to adapt is dependent on a wide range of factors with complex institutional arrangements: production strategies, land and water governance, social support systems, household and gender dynamics, availability of weather and climate information, and interaction with external actors, among others. The interaction between local and national institutions is also an important, and often complex, factor.
May 07, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“Most of the world’s poor are farmers; they share the same profession and the same challenges,” said One Acre Fund’s Stephanie Hanson at a recent Wilson Center event on small-scale farming, climate change, food security, and migration. They are tasked with growing enough food to support their families with only tenuous access to land and natural resources, the most basic of tools, and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns to deal with.
April 30, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In Ghana and the Philippines – countries where more than half of the population is under the age of 25 – two programs are teaching youth to play a critical role in their families, health, and community development. Leslie Mwinnyaa and Joan Castro discuss the innovative youth peer educator efforts of the Hen Mpoano Project in Ghana and EMPOWER in the Philippines.
April 17, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Integrated approaches to conservation and development can both preserve biodiversity and improve the lives of the people who have long depended on these resources. Dale Lewis of Community Markets for Conservation in Zambia and Katherine Raphaelson of the Gorongosa Restoration Project in Mozambique discuss innovative ways they have addressed conservation, park restoration, and improving the well-being of surrounding communities.
April 11, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Water is the foundation of human society and will become even more critical as population growth, development, and climate change put pressure on already-shrinking water resources in the years ahead. But will this scarcity fuel conflict between countries with shared waters, as some have predicted, or will it create more impetus for cooperation?
April 08, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
March 27, 2013 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.
March 22, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The third film being hosted by the Wilson Center as part of this year's Environmental Film Festival is 'Vision: The PORTSfuture Projects,' on the decontamination and rehabilitation of one of the United States' first uranium enrichment facilities.
March 19, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Environmental security and international development aren’t typical movie-going fare, but at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, ECSP premiered two short documentaries with unique environmental stories: ECSP's own 'Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania' and 'Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network.'
March 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“The scale and the impact of disasters today can be greater than anything we’ve previously experienced,” said Laurie Mazur at the Wilson Center on March 18. “The proliferation of disasters has gotten a lot of people talking about resilience, about how we can lessen our risk and how we can recover more quickly from disasters of all kinds.”