Southern Africa

Les defis de l'eau souterraine en Afrique australe (No. 2)

On ne peut pas comprendre les contraintes de développement de l’Afrique sans saisir le rôle important des ressources en eau, souterraine en particulier. L’Afrique australe est confrontée à des pénuries d’eau souterraine potentiellement graves, qui mettent en péril non seulement la vie de ceux qui en dépendent directement, mais aussi le développement continu des moteurs économiques de la région : Afrique du Sud, Botswana, Namibie et Zimbabwe.

Os desafios da agua subterranea na Africa austral (No. 2)

É impossível compreender as restrições de desenvolvimento de África sem ter uma noção do significado dos recursos hídricos, em especial a água subterrânea. A África Austral enfrenta potenciais graves faltas de água subterrânea, que não só colocam em perigo as vidas daqueles que dependem directamente dela, mas também o desenvolvimento continuado dos motores económicos da região—África do Sul, Botswana, Namíbia e Zimbabwe—todos eles enfrentam restrições significativas sobre o seu crescimento económico futuro devido à insegurança do fornecimento de água.

Parks for Peace or Peace for Parks? Issues in Practice and Policy

An upcoming ECSP publication—based on a conference held in September 2005 at the Wilson Center—will explore the rhetoric and reality of peace parks, including their goals and the factors that determine their success or failure. Drawing on future plans and successful projects in southern Africa, Kashmir, and South America, the authors debate whether peace parks can protect the environment and promote conflict resolution. ECSP Report presents excerpts from five of the conference papers as a preview of the publication forthcoming in 2006.

A Southern African Perspective on Transboundary Water Resource Management

Southern Africa is characterized by a large number of international river basins, inherent climatic variability, and a natural maldistribution of perennial rivers. The region also has a history of political instability, driven by liberation struggles against the former colonial powers and the Cold War. Southern Africa’s transboundary rivers and their associated ecosystems could become either drivers of peace and economic integration or sources of endemic conflict.

ECSP Report 9: Reviews (Part 1)

Experts review new publications (Part 1):

  • Transformation of Resource Conflicts: Approach and Instruments, edited by Günther Baechler, Kurt R. Spillmann, & Mohamed Suliman (2002). Reviewed by Jeremy Lind.
  • Hydropolitics in the Developing World: A Southern African Perspective, edited by Anthony Turton & Roland Henwood (2002). Reviewed by Bill Derman.
  • Globalization, Human Security and the African Experience, edited by Caroline Thomas & Peter Wilkin (1999). Reviewed by Larry Swatuk.

ECSP Report 7: Special Reports

The Linkages Between Population and Water: Forthcoming Articles from ECSP

In collaboration with the University of Michigan Population Fellows Program, ECSP commissioned in fall 2000 a series of articles to examine global and regional linkages between population and water. The interplay among these issues is at the heart of this project.Each of the three articles (summarized below) has been jointly written by a pair of authors, representing both a Northern and Southern perspective. Each article also draws on regional case-study material.

Exploring Capacity for Integration: University of Michigan Population-Environment Fellows Programs Impact Assessment Project

Since 1993, the University of Michigan Population-Environment Fellows Programs (PEFP) has linked the population and environment sectors of development both at the field level and in policy analysis. The PEFP and Denise Caudill of World Neighbors launched the Impact Assessment Project to develop a framework for assessing an integrated program. This article addresses project findings, including the successes, constraints, and obstacles of integrated/linked programs, as well as provides field examples from Ecuador and Madagascar.

PECS News Issue 9 (Spring 2004)

Contents include:

An Oasis in the Desert: Navigating Peace in the Okavango River Basin - Anton Earle and Ariel Méndez

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Stepping Up to the Global Challenge - Excerpts from a speech by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Randall L. Tobias

Sparing Nature: The Conflict Between Human Population Growth and Biodiversity (Event Summary)

The Security Demographic: Population and Civil Conflict After the Cold War (Event Summary)

Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy (Book Review)

PECS News Issue 8 (Spring 2003)

Contents include:

When the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Integrated Indicators for Population-Environment Programs - Eckhard Kleinau and Jennifer Talbot

Conservation, Population, and Health: A Conversation with Jane Goodall (Event Summary)

Linking Health, Environment and Community Development: Lessons from the Thai Experience (Event Summary)

Water from Johannesburg to Kyoto and Beyond: Workshop on the Kyoto Third World Water Forum (Event Summary)

PECS News Issue 5 (Fall 2001)

PECS News Issue 5 includes:

Conflict and Contagion: A South Asia Simulation, featuring Dr. Helene Gayle (Event Summary)

Young Men and War: Could We Have Predicted the Distribution of Violent Conflicts at the End of the Millennium? (Event Summary)

Debating the Real State of the World: Are Dire Environmental Claims Backed by Sound Evidence? (Event Summary)

Geographic Information Systems as a Tool for Population-Environment Research - Jennifer Wisnewski Kaczor

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