About the Environmental Change and Security Program

Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has explored the connections among environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. more



Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania is the first in a series of short films produced by ECSP exploring population, health, and environment (PHE) projects around the world. For more information, please visit newsecuritybeat.org/healthypeople.

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Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents

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July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Across the developing world, some 70 million girls under the age of 18 are married. Join USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International as they present findings on their work with married adolescent girls living in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource regions. more

The Sound of Music Is The Sound of Community Resilience

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Jul 29, 2014
Researchers and policymakers have noted that communities which are more thoroughly integrated before a natural disaster or an outbreak of conflict and violence rejuvenate faster than those communities in which people remain distant from one another. Hefty scholarly tomes and snappy policy briefs are being churned out musing over just how the social capital necessary for sustainable community resilience can be secured. As a lazy summery evening listening to Sharón Clark -- and enjoying the company of others who share their love for her music --demonstrates, the arts can play an indispensable role in connecting people so that they can live together in resilient communities. more
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National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

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July 29, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
What do a White House senior adviser, a member of Congress, scientists, military planners, and business people have in common? At a June 4 symposium with 36 leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia, they all agreed that climate change is having an impact on national security that will only increase with time. This briefing will focus on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlight the next steps for action. more

Don’t Forget About Governance: The Risk of Tunnel Vision in Chasing Resilience for Asia’s Cities

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Jul 29, 2014
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters. more
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Population Challenges: Can Youth Lead the Way?

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Jul 17, 2014
In this event to celebrate World Population Day, an expert panel discussed a number of strategies for strengthening communities and achieving a range of development goals such as providing appropriate sexual and reproductive health services and investment in education, especially for girls. more

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