Issue No. 12   -   11 May 2010
Washington DC - 9 June
IGES: Climate Energy and National Security 


New Assessment on the Mekong River Basin

The Institute for Environmental Security (IES), under the Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation program is running its 6th Environmental Security Assessment (with the recognition of the Dutch Embassy, Hanoi) in the Ca Mau Province, Mekong Delta in Vietnam, one of the poorest areas in the entire Mekong River Basin. Ca Mau faces grave consequences from climate change (salt water intrusions, more extreme droughts and floods), the destruction of mangrove forests (natural barriers against some climate change effects) for shrimp farming and the pollution from these shrimp farms, all leaving an already poor population even more vulnerable.

Discover the new 'Vision' interface on the DRC

The Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with MARIS, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Interactive Map Viewer ‘Vision’ on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). ‘Vision’ aims to inform decision makers on the state of play in specific areas in an interactive way. Fourth in a series of webGIS interfaces, the DRC interactive map viewer allows internet users to select any combination of data layers and satellite images in order to run a visual analysis without having any special GIS expertise or software.

The interface is produced in the framework of the IES Environmental Security Assessment (ESA) of the Ngiri – Tumba – Mai Ndombe wetland landscape. One of the assessment’s main objectives is to investigate threats to environmental security and formulate recommendations for preventing conflicts and alleviating poverty. Some of the main threats the Congo Basin is facing today include temporal and spatial expansion of forest concessions, poaching mainly associated with logging operations, overfishing, and illegal trafficking of natural resources.
IES and IUCN debate on ecosystem management

On 27 April, the IES and the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands organised a meeting on ecosystem management after natural disasters and violent conflicts. This event took place in Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, as part of a larger conference called “The Great Escape”, designed for a broader audience of policy makers from governments, business and NGOs.The meeting brought together various international experts, including representatives from humanitarian aid organisations (Red Cross, UNHCR, Cordaid, ZOA Refugee Care), the government of Sierra Leone and various African and European NGOs.

IES participates in a Round Table at the European Parliament

On 15 April, IES Vice-Chairman Tom Spencer took part in a roundtable on ‘Climate Change and Development in South-East Asia’. Second in a series of seminars organised by MEP Deva Njri in the European Parliament, the round table aimed to promote the inherent link between changing weather patterns and development issues, in an area where both challenges are huge.
Participants to these events included the Ambassadors of the Asian countries of China, Bangladesh and Bhutan and representatives of the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, IPBO and others.
Experts debate on Satellite Monitoring for Environmental Law Enforcement

On April 20th the Institute for Environmental Security and the T.M.C. Asser Institute organised a meeting on The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) to discuss the application of satellite monitoring for environmental law enforcement. Around 40 experts took part in the event, including practitioners from the “remote sensing community”, the legal sphere and enforcement agencies.

The meeting started with a thorough introduction by Prof. Dr. Frans von der Dunk on the legal aspects of satellite monitoring for environmental law highlighting the challenges and opportunities.

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