Issue No. 19   -   23 December 2010
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Workshop ‘Europe’s Arctic Course - The Future of Space Cooperation in the Arctic Region'
On 8 December 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, organised a workshop on ‘Europe’s Arctic Course - The Future of Space Cooperation in the Arctic Region' at the European Space Agency headquarters in Paris.

With more than 45 experts from 12 countries attending the workshop, the event aimed to promote the dialogue on environmental security in the Arctic region. Challenges and opportunities were chosen to be approached from two perspectives: the environment and climate change issues on one hand, the support for increased human activity in the Arctic region on the other hand.

Experts highlighted the global significance of the Arctic region. With temperature increases twice as large as the global average, the high Arctic is an early warning region for climate change. Economically, the Arctic is a gold mine. It is believed to hold between 20-30% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas resources and it contains high quantities of minerals and marine resources.

IES-ENVSEC Workshop on Environmental Security Assessments
On 21-22 November 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with UNEP and ENVSEC, organised a workshop on 'Environmental Security Assessments: Methodologies and Practices' at Chateau de Bois-Seigneur-Isaac near Brussels.

The meeting brought together experts who design and carry out Environmental Security Assessments (ESAs) and policy makers and practitioners with a demonstrated interest in using such assessments. The overall aim was to exchange information and experiences on the various approaches to conducting ESAs and explore ways to improve the use of them in the future.

The first theme addressed was ‘What are ESAs? How are they done? And who uses them?’ Speakers highlighted purposes of different kinds of ESAs and how they are used by policy makers, by companies, by development agencies and by the defence and security communities. Referring to NATO’s approach to Environmental Security, Jamie Patrick Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division of the NATO said, “Environmental protection in military operations is a young discipline and it still needs tender parent-ship to mature.”
A new project to support countries improve natural resource management 
Together with the European Union and five other UN partners – UNDP, DPA, UNEP, PBSO, HABITAT and DESA – UNEP is working to support countries improve natural resource management for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Through a joint programme coordinated by the UN Framework Team for Preventive Action and financed by the EU's Instrument for Stability, technical assistance will be provided to help national stakeholders, as well as UN and EU staff in conflict-affected countries, to better understand and prevent tensions over environmental issues and the management of natural resources.
The partnership is also designed to enhance policy development and programme coordination between key actors at the field level.


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