Issue No. 16   -   12 October 2010

Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation: NEW: Participate in the ESPA Survey

Illegal Trade in Natural Resources:


13 October - Dhaka
BIPSS - The Af-Pak Imbroglio: Challenges and Prospects facing the Stakeholders

26 October - Brussels
GAFI - Screening of the film 'Saving Tomorrow' 
27 - 28 October - Brussels

28 - 29 October - Leiden
Open Society Justice Initiative - Corporate War Crimes

4 - 5 November - Brussels


H. Grudel, Natural Resource Governance in Conflict-Affected Contexts, Practice note 6, International Alert, October 2010

M. Araya, Toward Low Carbon Resilient Economies - Implications for the Fast-Start Finance Package, E3G, September 2010 


Call for Papers on Environmental Security
The CCAPS program issued its first call for papers on environmental security, open exclusively to scholars from and based in Africa.  The Call for Papers is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.



 IES stimulates the debate on the contribution EU can make against illegal trade in natural resources
Competition for access to natural resources is recognised as a contributing factor of instability in many countries. This is true where resources are scarce, but the same can also be true where resources are abundant. Diamonds, timber, minerals and cocoa have been exploited by armed groups from Liberia and Sierra Leone, Angola, Cambodia and more recently Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (EDRC) to sustain their illegal activities. In fact, a 2009 UNEP study has found that “in the last twenty years, at least eighteen civil wars have been fuelled by natural resources.”

Exploring how the European Union could help mitigate illegal trade in natural resources was the subject of a conference organised by the Institute for Environmental Security and a coalition of six other civil society organisations on 30 September 2010. The meeting, attended by representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, permanent representations to the EU, the corporate sector and civil society offered a forum for specialists to share experiences and learn from other sectors (diamond, timber, bush-meat,...) and try to find an answer to the question “What can Brussels do?”

“It’s a global problem with concrete local effects,” said Alain Délétroz, Vice-President Europe of International Crisis Group.
The negative impacts of climate change on security in Africa as focus of an international forum
Yesterday, 11 October 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Environmental Security, organised the ‘Dialogue Forum on Climate Change and Security in Africa’, pre-event to the 7th African Development Forum arranged by the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank from 11 to 15 October.
The Forum is part of a larger Dialogue Process, the Africa, Climate Change, Environment and Security (ACCES), which is aimed to address the security risks of climate change and facilitate the building up of resilience capacities and preventive mechanisms in Africa.  
The Dialogue Process will promote the setting up of multilateral and multi-level collaborative platforms aimed at working out "fundable" projects through combining both "top-down" and "bottom-up" approaches.
Dr Patrice Yamba leaves IES Secretariat and becomes a new Fellow

After 2 years of excellent collaboration Dr Patrice Yamba Tshisungu Kantu is leaving the Secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Security to become a new fellow of the organisation.

From May 2008 through September 2010, he served as Project Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme.

With his 15 years experience in Remote Sensing & GIS Applications and in management and coordination of multidisciplinary projects combined with a thorough knowledge of the geographic and cultural specificities of the DRC, he represented a central figure in the development of IES activities and projects.

Dr Yamba's education includes a master in Quaternary Geology and a Doctorate in Earth Science from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) after having acquired a Degree in Geography from the Ex National University of Zaire/Higher Education Institute of Kananga and Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

He has been member of several professional bodies such as the International Technical Committee on Environmental Measurements, the non profit association 'Cercle de Reflexions pour la Reconstruction de la Republique Democratique du Congo' and in 2007 he was team leader of the Congo Forest Expert Group for Wageningen International Experts (WIx).

The IES team would like to express its deep gratitude to Patrice for the successful projects he has helped carry out and is looking forward to new and challenging collaborations in the future.


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