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Roundtable Workshop Environment and Security

Challenges for Change

IUCN World Conservation Congress
6 October 2008

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Waging Sustainable Peace: A Meeting of Security and Environment to Create a Climate for Positive Alliances

Essay about environment and security and this Roundtable Workshop written by Cindy Ellen Hill on the basis of interviews with workshop participants David Catarious, Sherri Goodman, Frits Hesselink, Wouter Veening and Piet Wit

Author(s): Cindy Ellen Hill

Date / Journal Vol No.: September 2008

Pages: 4

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

Global climate change presents a serious national security threat which could impact Americans at home, impact United States military operations and heighten global tensions, according to a new study released by a blue-ribbon panel of eleven retired U.S. admirals and generals from all branches of the armed services. The study, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change,” explores ways projected climate change is a threat multiplier in already fragile regions, exacerbating conditions that lead to failed states — the breeding grounds for extremism and terrorism. Climate change, national security and energy dependence are a related set of global challenges that will add to tensions even in stable regions of the world, found the panel, known as the Military Advisory Board.The panel recommended that the U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate changes at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability. Moreover, the U.S. should commit to global partnerships that help less developed nations build the capacity and resiliency to better manage climate impacts.

Author(s): General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), et. al.

Publisher: The CNA Corporation

Place published: Washington, DC

Date / Journal Vol No.: April 2007

Pages: 63

The Age of Consequences: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change

Global climate change poses not only environmental hazards but profound risks to planetary peace and stability as well. CNAS and CSIS convened a diverse group of experts on climate science, oceanography, history, political science, foreign policy, and national security to take the measure of these risks. The contributors developed three scenarios of what the future may hold and then analyze the security implications of these scenarios, which at a minimum include increased disease proliferation; tensions caused by large-scale migration; and conflict sparked by resource scarcity, particularly in Africa. They consider what we can learn from the experience of early civilizations confronted with natural disaster, and they ask what the three largest emitters of greenhouse gases – the United States, the European Union, and China – can do to reduce and manage future risks.

Author(s): Kurt M. Campbell, Jay Gulledge, J.R. McNeill, John Podesta, Peter Ogden, leon Fuerth, R. James Woolsey, Alexander T.J. lennon, Julianne Smith, Richard Weitz, and Derek Mix

Publisher: Center for New American Security

Place published: Washington, DC

Date / Journal Vol No.: November 2007

Pages: 124

Report on Climate Change and International Security to the European Council

Security risks posed by climate change are the subject of a report by the European Commission and EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, which was presented to the European Council meeting on 13-14 March 2008. The report considers the impact of climate change on international security and, in particular, Europe's own security, thereby indicating potential EU responses.

Author(s): European Commission and the Secretary-General/High Representative

Publisher: Council of the European Union

Place published: Brussels

Date / Journal Vol No.: 3 March 2008

Pages: 8

Forces for Sustainability Conference Report

This is the report of the first Peace and Sustainability Session named "Forces for Sustainability", held in the Peace Palace in The Hague in March 2007. The meeting brought together about 70 decision makers, opinion leaders, professionals in peacekeeping operations, environmental scientists, the private sector, juridical experts as well as international and grass root organisations working in areas of armed conflict to find solutions for sustainable development challenges.

Topics that are addressed in the report include: sustainability challenges in areas of armed conflicts; the environment during armed conflict; experiences with sustainability issues in transition phases towards peace; civil-military cooperation; and the roles and responsibilities of communities and the private sector. Situations from Afghanistan, Nepal, the Niger Delta, Papua, Lebanon as well as the African Great Lakes region -amongst others- are used as exemplifying cases.

Author(s): Nicolas Frankcom, Eric van de Giessen

Publisher: Institute for Environmental Security

Place published: The Hague

Pages: 80

Climate Change, Security and Sustainable Development

This is the report of the IES conference on the impact of climate change on international security and sustainable development, "From Bali to Poznan: New Issues, New Challenges", held at the European Parliament on 18 Dec 2007.This conference included briefings on the results of the UN Climate Change Conference held in Bali, 3-14 December 2007 and discussed issues of concern to the international community in the lead up to the next UNCCC in Poznan, 1-12 December 2008.

In particular, the Brussels conference included presentations and debate on:

- The implications of climate change for international security

- Escaping from fossil fuels: The solar alternative

- The impact on environment, security and development of illegal trade in natural resources

- Climate Change and the formation of European foreign policy

Author(s): Nicolas Frankcom (Civitatis International)

Publisher: Institute for Environmental Security

Place published: The Hague

Date / Journal Vol No.: March 2008

Pages: 64 pages

Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Management in Uruzgan

A framework for assistance

Author(s): ISAF/TFU/PRT in consultation with the Director of Agriculture Provincial Government of Uruzgan

Date / Journal Vol No.: Version July 2008

Pages: 22

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