Environmental Peacebuilding

The Rainforest Continent Business School

*This is a private by invitation only event*

 

The Rainforest Continent Business School

May 15th 2013

9:00 – 12:00 am

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

4th Floor Conference Room

Agenda

            9:00 – 9:05 AM           Introduction and Welcome

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change threatens security, one potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts? How do we ensure mitigation and adaptation strategies do not create new conflicts? How can policymakers anticipate and minimize these potential risks? More ambitiously, can these efforts actually help build peace?

The Role of Local Institutions in Climate Change Adaptation

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.

A Briefing on the Niger Delta: Where Things Stand

“It is critical to discuss what the Niger Delta is now, not what it was.” – The Honorable Kingsley Kuku

What Does It Take to Cooperate? New Tools for Transboundary Water Cooperation

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.

Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding in Africa: An Adaptation Partnership Workshop Report

On Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2012, USAID and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Institute for Security Studies (Africa Program, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and the Environmental Change and Security Program), and IRG/Engility, convened a select group of experts, practitioners, and policymakers from both the United States and Africa in Washington, DC for a conference focused on the third area of concern – climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding in Africa.

Environmental Film Festival: PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks

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: Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania shows how improving health services and environmental conservation can empower coastal communities in Africa; and Transcending Boundaries:

Strengthening Responses to Climate Variability in South Asia

Climate change and conflict can create a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Climate change exacerbates existing conflicts, while conflict makes adapting to climate change more difficult, said Janani Vivekananda of 

2012’s Top 'New Security Beat' Posts

The original version of this article appeared on ECSP's blog, New Security Beat.

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