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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.

Sustainability in the Amazon

Located in the extreme Northeast of the Brazilian Amazon, the State of Amapá is home to one of the largest and most diverse tracts of pristine tropical rainforest of the world.  Over three quarters of the state is protected, conserving 73% of its native forests in 12 protected areas and five Indigenous Lands. Working with Conservation International, the government of Amapá is developing projects that seek economic growth while maintaining its critical natural capital.

The Devouring Dragon

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we turn our attention to China’s rise, specifically, the environmental implications of its rapid growth.

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:

Postponed: Improving Health and the Environment Through Integrated System Approaches

This event is postponed due to inclement weather. Check back for a new date.

CES 12 Preview: Sustainable Coffee Growing in Yunnan

The following has been adapted from an article in the forthcoming China Environment Series 12.

On September 7, 2012, the largest of at least seven Mekong River hydroelectric power stations came online in Pu’er, Yunnan—a southwestern province that is China’s most biodiverse. The Nuozhadu hydroelectric station, Asia’s tallest dam, turned on the first of its nine generating units that will eventually supply 23.9 billion kilowatts of electricity by 2014.

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