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Global warming raises tensions in Boko Haram region

Climate change makes Lake Chad fertile territory for extremism, experts say after Boko Haram massacre of up to 2,000 people. As more evidence of destruction wrought by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria emerged on Thursday, experts highlighted the role of climate change in fomenting extremism. Satellite images obtained by Amnesty International showed 3,700 buildings had been destroyed...
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Farmers, Drought and Gas Development in Australia

The impact on farmers of drought exacerbated by climate change can be mitigated by aspects of certain forms of resource extraction. However, the Australian experience suggests that such measures involve trade-offs. These trade-offs illustrate how our energy choices are becoming increasingly complex...
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2014

We have published the third Edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2014. It features e.g. an article by Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, about how his country approaches climate diplomacy on the way towards ambitious climate action. We also take a closer look at local governance and climate resilience with perspectives from Latin America and from Southeast Asia...
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Quote of the Month

“In today’s world, we see how the lack of access to water can fuel conflict and even threaten peace and stability. That is why in the coming year I would like to see more attention on what I call hydro-diplomacy.” - Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, in an article for the international science journal ‘Nature’, 1 January 2015.
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Policies & Initiatives

Green Diplomacy Network

The Thessaloniki European Council agreed to launch an initiative aimed at promoting the integration of environment into external relations through the creation of an informal network of environment experts within foreign ministries, the so-called Green Diplomacy Network. This was one of the elements included in the strategy on environmental integration in external policies adopted by the Barcelona General Affairs Council in March 2002. In essence, the main tasks of the network will be: 

Firstly, in line with the Action Plan and with comments made since by Member States, the Network should promote the use of the EU's extensive diplomatic resources (diplomatic missions, development cooperation offices) in support of environmental objectives, orchestrating campaigns and demarches that bring the EU messages to third parties all over the world, gathering also our partners' views. The network could help create a new "culture" by introducing points relating to the multilateral agenda more systematically into regular bilateral discussions. 

Secondly, in line with the European Council's basic mandate of promoting the integration of environment into external relations, the network should consider how foreign ministries are integrating environmental concerns into their working processes across the spectrum. This could start with simple but useful information exchanges, such as on how Member States and the Commission are organised in capitals and abroad to channel their efforts in the field of environment. In the longer term, it may be appropriate to identify best practices and potential synergies. The coordination of the network resides in each Presidency in full association with the Commission. The European Commission's participation in the network will be essential to guarantee its effectiveness, inter alia, by ensuring continuity and by making substantial contributions, such as briefings on specific topics. A report on the first two years of the network's operation will be presented to the European Council in 2005. 

For more information, please see http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/environment/gdn/index_en.htm