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Migration causing water shortages in Nepal

As frequent floods force people to migrate from Nepal’s mountainous regions, putting pressure on water resources, hydrologists call for China to set up joint early warning systems along shared rivers. Nepal is one of the world’s most water-rich nations, with over 6,000 rivers and huge hydropower potential. But it is also one of the world’s most disaster-prone regions...
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Global change: Put people at the centre of global risk management

An individual focus is needed to assess interconnected threats and build resilience worldwide, urge Jan Willem Erisman and colleagues. Globalization is changing the nature of risk. Natural and social systems — from climate to energy, food, water and economies — are tightly coupled. Abrupt changes in one have a domino effect on others...
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Quote of the Month

“Small island states have a perennial struggle on their hands to survive intense cyclonic wind and storm surges driven by warming rising seas. Disaster risk is undermining the capacity of many countries to make the capital investment and social expenditures necessary to develop sustainably”. - Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR, Launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, New York, 04 March 2015.
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

We have published the first edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2015. Read how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action, about linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa, or how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia.
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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