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THE ARCTIC CALLING
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.
EXPERTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY IN A tête-à-tête
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.”
UN-EU PARTNERSHIP ON NATURAL RESOURCES, CONFLICT AND PEACEBUILDING
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
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.