Past Events

Past Events 2007

"From Bali to Poznan: New Issues, New Challenges" in Brussels (18 December 2007)

The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) will convene a conference on the subject of the impact of climate change on international security and sustainable development. The conference will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels and will include an assessment of the results of the Bali UN Climate Change Conference and to discuss and contribute ideas for policy makers on what needs to be accomplished in the lead up to the next UNCCC to be held in Poznan, 1-12 December 2008.

For further information, the Conference Programme, Background Reading and registration go to:  


"International conference on Transparency in the Extractive Sector" in Berlin (14 December 2007)

This conference, hold by the German Federal Government aims to provide an international high-level forum to underline the importance of transparency in the extractive sector (i.e. oil, gas and mining industry and related financial investment and rating companies). The event provides an opportunity to advance the dialogue on transparency and strengthen cooperation between resource-rich, emerging and industrialised countries. It will reflect on the current state of discussion, and provide a preview of forthcoming tasks and steps to be taken in the relevant international fora.

More information is available at


"Weather of Mass Destruction? Climate Change as the 'New' Security Problem" in London (12 December 2007)

The Climate Change and Security series of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) welcomes Oli Brown of the International Institute of Sustainable Development to the first in a series of talks on climate change and security. His presentation will discuss the rise of climate change as a security issue and question what it means for economic and political stability around the world.

Further information on the event is available at


"Workshop on water scarcity, land degradation and desertification in the Mediterranean region" in Valencia (10–11 December 2007)

The purpose of the workshop will be to assess the linkages between water scarcity, land degradation and desertification on the one hand, and security on the other, as well as to exchange views on the appropriate policy response and to advise on the specific role the OSCE, NATO and other organizations could play in fostering environmental security in the Mediterranean region.

For further information on the workshop, please see


"2nd Civil Protection Forum" in Brussels (22 - 23 November 2007) 

Organised by the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission, in particular by the unit in charge of civil protection, the Second Civil Protection Forum aims to bring together some 500 people involved or interested in civil protection. The Forum will provide during two days participants with a platform for the exchange of ideas on disaster management and adequate tools to be put at disposal of crisis actors, like services to be provided e.g. by the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

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"What’s next? – Policy responses to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report" in Berlin (23 November 2007)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German IPCC Coordination Office and the European Climate Forum announce this international conference that will take place between the two important international events: a few days after the approval and adoption of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC AR4 and ten days before the UN Climate Conference will start. The IPCC Chairman as well as Lead Authors from the IPCC AR4 will present the main outcomes and discuss their implications for the international negotiations and the post-2012 process with scientists, policy makers and business representatives.

The registration form and further information are available at and   


"From early warning to early Action - Developing the EU’s Response to Crisis and longer term Threats" in Brussels (12-13 November 2007)      
The conference is intended to generate ideas on how to strengthen the European Union’s capacity to respond to short term crises and long term threats and will also look at the development of peace building partnerships and will analyse the role that technology and science can play in post-disaster/post-conflict assessments.         

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CAIWA 2007 "International Conference on Adaptive and Integrative Water Management" in Basel, Switzerland (12 - 15 November 2007)

The first international conference on adaptive and integrative water management will bring together scientists from academia, industry, and policy making/government to analyse progress, to explore new research directions and highlight policy implications of scientific findings. It will focus on basic research findings across all sectors of adaptive and integrated water resource management. Furthermore it will share the major scientific insights from the NeWater project with the wider scientific community and embed it into the current scientific debate in all relevant themes.

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"Environmental Peacebuilding - Managing Natural Resource Conflicts in a Changing World" in Bern (13 November 2007)

The swisspeace Annual Conference 2007 is inviting international experts from scientific and development communities to explore links between renewable natural resources and conflicts. Acting as a platform of exchanges between researchers and practitioners, the conference will also look into challenges and best practices for the peaceful management of water and land in developing countries in Africa, South America and Central Asia.

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EUROPE-INBO 2007 "International conference on the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive" in Rome (8-10 November 2007)

The aim of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) is to enable the Basin Organizations to regularly and informally meet in order to exchange their practical experiences. The meeting will be organized around three main current topics on the Framework Directive implementation in the European River Basin Districts in 2007: Cost of the Water Framework Directive, Consequences of global warming, and Public participation. Special attention will be paid to the issues specific to water management in the Mediterranean region.

Any useful information, programs and proposed papers is available on the website: 


"2nd European Energy Forum" in Prague (4-6 November 2007)

The European Energy Policy sets out three primary goals of the future energy strategy of the EU, i.e. to increase competition in the internal market, guarantee energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Analysis of these goals will be the topic of the 2nd Energy Forum. The Energy Forum is a part of the agenda of the Economic Forum in Krynica. Exploring the topics of debates held during the Forum in Krynica, the Eastern Institute organizes special conferences devoted to selected subjects, with participation of politicians and experts who enjoy established reputation. The Partner at organization of the Forum in Prague is Ano pro Evropu.

More information on the forum is available at 


"Green Wars? Environment between Conflict & Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa" in Beirut (2-3 November 2007)

The Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Beirut/Lebanon organizes this two-day conference that seeks to shed light on the high benefits of environmental cooperation between states in the MENA region and the necessity to improve and intensify this cooperation, parallel to showcasing the high costs of inadequate joint efforts and of the absence of proper state handling of environmental malaise.

For more information, please visit the Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation at


"Water in the West: Water Resources Conference" in Calgary, Alberta (5 October 2007)

The Canada Insitute is joining the Institute for United States Policy Research, Canada West Foundation, Network on North American Studies in Canada, and Institute for Advanced Policy Research for a conference to discuss water and resource management in the western North America region. This conference will serve to raise consciousness on water issues north and south of the border by engaging the business, academic, and government communities about new implications for Canada and U.S. policy. Topics include ecosystem management approaches, institutional governance, water pollution, resource rights, water quality, and water pricing.

More information on the conference is available at


"Parks, Peace and Partnerships Conference" in Waterton, Canada (9-12 September, 2007)

The International Peace Park designation legitimized a spirit of cooperation that has been used to seek ongoing designations and other forms of cooperation that may not have been anticipated at the time. This conference, therefore, aims to document that ripple effect and consider its potential and realization around the world. Several sectors of cooperation have been identified: managerial, scientific, public/private, intergovernmental and educational. The aim is to share success stories, embrace challenges, and advance the theory and practice of transboundary management, especially in the context of international peace parks.

Further information on the conference is available at


Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Exhibition in Washington, DC

Environmental issues—water, climate, land, forests, and minerals—have played a part in some of world’s worst conflicts. But these resources can also help build peace. These issues are the focus of a multimedia exhibit, "Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation", on display through April 20, 2007, in the Wilson Center Memorial Hallway.

Further information on the exhibition is available at


"Community forest management and enterprises: global issues and opportunities" in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil (16-20 July 2007)

Organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization and Rights and Resources Group, this conference will bring together about 250 leaders of forest communities, public forest agencies, forest industry and conservation groups to share experiences in community forest management and enterprises from around the world. It will explore case studies from over a dozen community forests and debate the best ways of assisting the sustainable development of community-based operations.

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"Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation Number 10" in London (9-10 July 2007)

The tenth in a series of meetings coordinated by Chatham House and funded by DFID, the next illegal logging update meeting will be held on the 9th and 10th of July 2007. These meetings are free and open to all, but registration is essential.

For more information and to register, please contact Parthena Karypidou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Revenue Transparency and Natural Resource Extraction" in Geneva (6 July 2007)

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in collaboration with UNCTAD will host a half-day seminar on Revenue Transparency and Natural Resource Extraction - progress and challenges of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Good governance is a precondition for converting large revenues from extractive industries into economic growth and poverty reduction. The EITI was launch in 2002 to support improved governance in resource-rich countries through the verification and full publication of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas, and mining. The event offers an opportunity to review progress of the EITI to date, discuss challenges ahead and explore efforts that can help ensure that local populations benefit more from all their mineral assets.

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"Leadership for Water and Energy Security in the Middle East and North Africa" in Amman, Jordan (27-28 June 2007)

The Course will look at energy and water conflicts and investigate the leadership challenges behind solving those conflicts. It will raise awareness and tackle the leadership challenges arising from the threats to energy and water security in the region. It will further raise awareness on treating water and energy issues as security parameters and give them adequate attention in policy making and implementation. It will also explore how the Kyoto Protocol and its mechanisms can be used to increase water and energy security and could possibly act as a peace building mechanism.

For further information and to register, please see


"Desertification and Security" in Berlin (26th June 2007)

Desertification affects about thirty percent of the world's land surface area and 1,2 billion people in at least 100 states. On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development together with the UNCCD Secretariat organizes this conference to explore the role of resource and land management in current conflicts. In the light of practical experiences in environmental integrated conflict prevention, opportunities and challenges for adapted policy design will be identified.

For further information on the conference, please contact Stefan Drescher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Linking Environment, Development, Stability and Security" in Athens (14/15 June 2007)

On June 14/15, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ELINIKI ETAIRA) will jointly organise the conference “Linking Environment, Development, Stability and Security” in Athens. The first part of the conference on June 14 will be open to the public.

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2nd International Conference on Managing Rivers in the 21st Century: Solutions Towards Sustainable River Basins in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (6 - 8 June 2007)

Rivers’04 was organized by River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as the first conference in the series of triennial International Conference on Managing Rivers in the 21st Century. Rivers’07 will further highlight issues dealing with managing rivers such as flood management, water scarcity, water pollution, catchment management, and river conservation.

Further information is available at  


Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
(24 – 26 May 2007)

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and its partner institutions invite papers for the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, to be held in Amsterdam on 24-26 May 2007. This conference will be the seventh event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. This year’s discussions will address the theme ‘Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies for Sustainability’.

For further information, please see 


"The New Politics of Energy" in London (14 - 15 May 2007)

This Chatham House conference will bring together a distinguished panel with expertise in energy supply and distribution, security and foreign policy, carbon reduction and renewable energy policies and practice to assess the increasingly interconnected issues surrounding Europe’s energy needs, and to discuss the new kinds of approaches and structures required to render the supply of energy governable, adaptable and resilient to disruption, be it malign or accidental.

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"National Security and the Threat of Climate Change" in Washington, DC (14 May 2007)

Global climate change's potential to threaten national security has become a hotly debated issue this spring. A distinct voice in these debates has been a set of 11 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals who provided advice, expertise, and perspective for a new report by The CNA Corporation, National Security and the Threat of Climate Change. The report finds that global climate change presents a serious national security threat that could affect Americans at home, impact U.S. military operations, and heighten global tensions. Three members of The CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board will discuss the findings and recommendations of the report at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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"McPlanet.Com 2007 – Climate Justice" in Berlin  (4-6 May 2007)

"Fifteen years after signing the climate convention of Rio, everyone talks of climate chaos. The industrialised states continue to blow ever more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere while the consequences of climate change already begun to hit especially the poorest of the global South.  It’s time for a review: Where are we standing? What are the newest scientific findings? Who is responsible and who must act?" – These are the guiding questions for the five plenary sessions and 75 workshops of this years McPlanet.Com congress. The congress will take place from May 4-6, 2007, in Berlin and is jointly organised by attac, BUND, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Church Development Service (evanglischer Entwicklungsdienst, EED) and Greenpeace in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

Further information is available at (German only)


"Winning the Peace" in London (3 - 4 May 2007)

The first of two conferences organized by Chatham House and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom on the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction. This conference series will consider lessons for securing peace and its benefits during, after and beyond conflict. The first conference in May will set out the scope and main elements of the issues. The October follow up conference will set out to outline the main elements of solution to the problems debated during the May conference.

Further information is available at


"Climate Security in Asia" in London (24 April)

As part of a series of activities exploring the link between Climate Change and security, The Royal United Service Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) will host a conference on 24 April. It will open up the debate to key European and Asian government practitioners, experts and interest groups from the UK’s Defence and Security sector, the London diplomatic and academic community, industry leaders and the media. Core themes include the security implications of climate change in Asia, UK climate security policy in Asia, and options for cooperation and multilateral engagement.

Further information on the conference is available at RUSI


"Bonn Dialogues - Climate Change: Control, Adapt or Flee? " in Bonn (17 April 2007)   

The kick-off event of the the "Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change" entitled "Climate Change: Control, Adapt or Flee?" will feature a closed day session of invited experts and a public panel discussion in the evening. The panel comprises a roundtable discussion of high-ranking representatives from science, politics and the private sector, who will discuss possible reactions to the impacts of expected climate change. The evening session will take place at neighboring Deutsche Welle, where the outcomes of the round table panel will be presented and discussed with the audience.

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Discussion on Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation in Washington, DC

From Congo toCambodia, environmental resources—water, climate, land, forests, and minerals—have played a part in some of world’s worst conflicts. Better management of these resources could pave a path for peace in war-torn societies, or, conversely, mismanagement could trigger a relapse back into conflict. The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), along with the German Embassy and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, hosted a discussion on April 3, 2007, of the links among environment, conflict, and cooperation (ECC).

Web Summary and Video of the Discussion are here available.


"Integrating Environment, Development, and Conflict Prevention – European and National Approaches and Challenges" in Berlin (29 - 30 March)  

Interdependencies between environment, development, and conflict prevention have gained significant importance on the international agenda over the past years. Energy, climate policy and responsible resource management are priorities of the German EU Council and G8 presidencies in 2007. This European Conference, hosted by the German EU Council Presidency, is intended to facilitate a dialogue among key officials from EU member states and the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community to identify and discuss key issues, policies, and best practices. It will provide recommendations for the European Commission / European Union and individual Member States to address interdependencies between environment, development, and conflict prevention in policies and programmes.

For further information, please see

"Resource Governance in Africa in the 21st Century" in Berlin (26 March)

This international expert panel takes place on occasion of the forthcoming G8 Summit. Its aim is to stimulate dialogue between activists in Europe, North America, Africa, and from the emerging powers of the South in order to develop strategies towards a sustainable use of and investment in natural resources. An international drafting group will be working on a memorandum tackling those issues. The memorandum will be published prior to the G8 Summit.
Participation in this expert meeting is restricted and registration required.

For further information, please see or contact Lili Fuhr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"U.S. Energy Security and Oil Revenue Transparency " in Washington, DC (21 March)

The Africa Program, Global Witness, and the offices of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), will co-host a comprehensive program to explore the issue of oil revenue transparency and how it relates to U.S. energy security. The event will take place at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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"Forces for Sustainability" in The Hague (14-15 March)

In many places of the world today the environment is under heavy pressure. In some places the situation is even worse because of armed conflicts. To address these challenges, the Institute for Environmental Security has launched the Peace and Sustainability Sessions. They will be held yearly in The Hague at the Peace Palace. The first of those sessions is entitled Forces for Sustainability. This event is organized in partnership with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). On 14 and 15 March 2007 experts will gather at the Peace Palace and focus on the challenges after disarmament of militias and the transition from military to civilian structures.

For further information and the programme, please see


"Secure and Sustainable Living: Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services" in Madrid (9 - 22 March)

Weather-, climate- and water-sensitive decisions are made by millions of people worldwide each day. As part of the ongoing effort to improve security and sustainable living, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is holding an international conference in Madrid, Spain, on the social and economic benefits to society of the products and services provided by the meteorological and hydrological community, especially the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and WMO members states.

Further information on the conference is available at


"The International Conference on the Environment: Survival and Sustainability" in Northern Cyprus (19 – 24 February 2007)

The Conference is organized by the Near East University and aims to contribute to the worldwide debate and efforts on strengthening the bridge between theory and practice in meeting environmental threats and challenges. Main objectives are to bring together scholars, researchers and experts from various disciplines, academia as well as the policymaking/implementation side to create a multi-disciplinary discussion forum, and to concentrate specifically on producing policy-related approaches in order to provide a better understanding of environmental issues and to produce useful material for decision-makers.

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"Blind spots of global climate governance" in Berlin (16 February)

Within international negotiations as well as in public debates, climate change is considered as being the largest global challenge for humankind in the 21st century. The international conference wants to address core questions concerning democratic and fair participation, a socio-ecological re-shaping of energy systems as well as a widely spread effective public debate. It aims to focus on the “Blind Spots” of the currently predominant technological and economical orientated climate policy, and to place them at the centre of the discussion. The Heinrich Böll Foundation co-organizes the event which is part of its “KyotoPlus”-project. 

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"Time to Adapt - Climate Change and the European Water Dimension. Vulnerability – Impacts - Adaptation" in Berlin (12 – 14 February 2007)

As part of the German EU presidency’s activities, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety will host this international symposium, which aims to provide a platform for representatives from governments, science and research, stakeholder groups and non-governmental organisations to discuss the likely impacts of climate change on water management and water dependent sectors, as well as options for adaptation, and to strengthen the political profile of these issues. The initiative is strongly supported by the European Commission, who is currently preparing a Green Paper on adaptation strategies.

Further information on the conference is available at


"Global Challenge, Global Climate Solidarity" in The Hague (February 12 - 14, 2007)

The Climate Change and Vulnerability Conference is organized by the University for Peace and will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The goal of the conference is to build resilience and reduce climate risks, particularly in vulnerable small island and coastal states.
Distinguished technical experts, policy makers, scholars, and community leaders will engage in a variety of interactive learning activities. The program includes guest speakers, Pacific-led scenarios, case studies from Bangladesh, Bolivia and the Nile Basin, working groups, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and climate resource displays.

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"2007 European Renewable Energy Policy Conference" in Brussels (29 – 31 January 2007)

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) co-organises this Conference together with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the frame of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference aims at presenting and evaluating the most important renewable energy policy developments, bringing forward new initiatives, and facilitating networking between senior decision makers and leading industry players. At least 650 relevant stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds are expected to participate.

More information on the conference is available at


"Climate Change - The Global Security Impact" in London (24 January)

The conference is organised by RUSI, the Royal United Services Institute with the support of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and it addresses the impact that climate change will have on global security, the implication of climate change for developing economies, and the competition for fundamental resources as a source of global conflict. This Conference signals the start of RUSI's long term commitment to research the security implications of climate change. This inaugural conference aims to provide a privileged forum for those concerned with these issues to come together and examine the extent, examples and causes of climate change security, with speakers from the UK and abroad.

For more information and to register, please see