Past Events

Past Events 2009

"Air Power and the Environment - The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare" in Cranwell, UK (26 - 27 August)

This conference addresses the concepts and practices of modern air power and their environmental implications. It specifically discusses strategies to prevent the environmental ramifications of war, alternative fuel sources for air forces as well as targeting strategies for oil and industrial infrastructure. The conference is designed for practitioners, policymakers, academics as well as university students.

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"Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use" in Nairobi (23 – 28 August)

The 2nd World Congress on Agroforestry will assess opportunities to leverage scientific agroforestry in promoting sustainable land use worldwide. The Congress will serve as a forum for agroforestry researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to: Share new research findings, lessons, experiences, and ideas that
will help influence decisions that impact livelihoods and the global environment; explore new opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships in agroforestry research, education, training, and development; And form new networks and communities of practice, and nurture old ones.

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"World Water Week" in Stockholm (16 - 22 August)

The World Water Week in Stockholm is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development. This year, the event places a special focus on transboundary waters, including a high level panel, workshops, seminars and side events that examine the transboundary concept from a variety of angles.

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"The International Watersheds Initiative: Implementing a New Paradigm for Transboundary Basins" in Washington D.C. (23 July)

The Canada Institute and the Environmental Change and Security Program invite participants to a presentation and discussion on the findings of the International Joint Commission's "Third Report to Governments on the International Watershed Initiative." The report summarizes accomplishments and progress made in building local capacity for implementing a watershed approach along the international boundary.

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"The Politics of Climate Change Agreement" in London (6 – 7 July)

This Chatham House conference examines the politics of reaching a multilateral climate change agreement in 2009, what the elements of a deal might be, and what the alternatives are if a deal is not reached. It assesses the role of China, Russia and the new U.S. administration, and whether developing countries can achieve an equitable deal. It also puts forward the idea of the global economic recession as an opportunity to finance low carbon development; a 'new green deal'.

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"International Conference on Water Resources" in Langkawi, Malaysia (26-27 May)

The International Conference on Water Resources (ICWR-09) is organized by the Technical University of Malaysia. Its main focus is how to cope with and adapt to the impacts of climate change. It seeks to offer a platform to bring forward research findings, case studies, success stories, recent advances in planning and design methodologies and examples of improved water management policies, institutions, strategies and practices.

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"Forest tenure, governance and enterprise" in Yaoundé, Cameroon (25-29 May)

Organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Cameroon Ministry of Forests and Wildlife, this conference will seek to catalyze new and broader actions on securing tenure rights in Central and West Africa for implementation by governments, civil society organizations and local communities. Participants will share experiences in securing tenure rights, including the relationship between tenure reform and other goals such as improving livelihoods, securing investment, spurring small scale enterprises, and addressing climate change.

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"The Security Implications of Europe's Energy Thirst" in Brussels (25 May)

This event focuses on energy security in the context of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Topics on the agenda include Russia's emergence as the primary purveyor of natural gas for the European market; strategic relations with Russia over the proposed Nabucco Pipeline and the South Stream Pipeline; and in light of the fact that Iranian resources are economically best suited to source the Nabucco Pipeline how the West should respond to Iranian threats who want to use energy for political gain. The second session addresses security's role in the race to the Arctic in opening potential new trading routes between Asia and North America.

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"Second International Conference on Energy and Sustainablity" in Cyprus (13-15 May 2009)

This conference discusses the sustainability requirement as a driving force behind the development of energy systems. The concept of sustainable production and use of energy aims at preserving the natural resources which are vital for long term development of modern society. The conference includes topics related to sustainability in energy production, energy storage and distribution and energy management. It brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government interested in current developments in energy systems.

Further information on the event is available at sustainable-development-2009.html


"IHDP Open Meeting 2009" in Bonn (26-30 April)

The theme of the 7th Open Meeting of the International Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change is "Social Challenges of Global Change". The conference program focuses on social challenges of global change and addresses the issue in plenary sessions, special round tables and parallel scientific sessions. Side events and meetings, book and project launches, a generous exhibition area and specialised formats addressing the science-policy interaction will complement the event.

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"Securing European Energy Supplies: Making the Right Choices" in Brussels (17-18 March)

This conference looks at how the EU and its energy sector can prepare for the challenges posed by global energy markets. It deals with energy in the framework of general security issues but also in the light of the EU's climate change policy. The external dimension of security of supply will feature prominently, focusing on Europe's eastern partners, the growing role of the Mediterranean and the potential of developing countries in shaping the response of the EU to current supply risks.

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"Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions" in Copenhagen (10-12 March 2009)

The main aim of the congress is to provide a synthesis of existing and emerging scientific knowledge necessary in order to make intelligent societal decisions concerning application of mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change.The congress aims to identify and synthesise the science, technology and policy advances required in order to ensure sustainability of global communities in the current and coming decades. The findings of the congress will be supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The congress will provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report.

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