12/05/2010 - 12/09/2010
A new conference series on Environmental Degradation, Conflict and Forced Migration aims to explore the causal relationship between environmental damage and forced migration as well as the correlation of these phenomena to conflict and their retroactions.
The first of the three consecutive biennial conferences organised by The European Science Foundation and Bielefeld University will take place from 5 to 9 December 2010 in Bremerhaven, Germany. It is titled "Environmental Change and Migration: From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities", and focuses on how environmental change impacts the interplay between vulnerabilities on the one hand and capabilities on the other hand, and how this relationship affects mobility patterns.
11/03/2010 - 11/04/2010
The SECURENV project consortium organises a Scenario-building Workshop on November 3-4 at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of the workshop is is to discuss new emerging threats to the EU at the interface between environment and security; the event will be attended by environmental and security professionals, who will together develop a range of provocative but plausible scenarios of potential future threats to the natural environment and resources of the EU.
IES Fellow Chad Briggs has co-authored a report with disease expert Jennifer Bath (Concordia College, USA), "Environmental Security and Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa". It was published recently as part of the book African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century (Cambria Press), edited by US Naval Academy Professor Helen Purkitt.
On 25-27 May, 2010 IES (Institute for Environmental Security) Fellow Chad Briggs, participated in a meeting hosted by INTERPOL, the US EPA and Swedish government in Alexandria, Virginia on the topic of e-waste exports and dumping. Over 100 experts from police, environment, customs and trade agencies, including several NGOs, met at the largest-yet gathering to address the environmental and health problems of dumped electronic waste.
Finland Futures Research Centre organised its annual international conference on the topic "Security in Futures - Security in Change" on June 3-4 in Turku, Finland. The conference was attended by more than 100 experts. Irina Comardicea and Achim Maas (both Adelphi) presented concepts and approaches of SECURENV at the conference in their paper "Contextual Instability: The Making and Unmaking of Environment", leading to a lively discussion.
The international Community is making efforts to contribute to Haiti's relief process after the devastating earthquake. But who is in charge of what? And what could be the contribution of the military?
While world leaders have left Copenhagen with a totally inadequate "climate agreement", many glaciers in the Himalayas are melting, and many Africans face rising temperatures and increasing droughts. There is often insufficient knowledge and capacity to tackle these major problems. For countries involved in a civil war or those slowly recovering from a conflict situation, a double disaster is looming.
LEARN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE and SECURITY
University for Peace (UPEACE) presents a new specialisation in Climate Change and Security in its Masters curriculum, focussing on Environmental Security and Peace.
On 7 December, IES Vice-Chairman Tom Spencer took part in a roundtable on ‘Climate Change Issues in the Third Pole’ organised by British MEP Deva Nirj in Brussels. The meeting intended to assess the implications of the melting Himalayan glaciers on South and and Central Asia.
SECURENV was presented by Roger Roffey (FOI) at FOCUS Workshop on Swedish Security Research, on 1 December, 2009 in Linköping Sweden. At the workshop all EU FP7 security research projects in Sweden were presented and around 100 end-users were present.