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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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Articles

Land & Food Publications

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Van der Zwan, Joost 2011: Practice Note 7: Conflict-sensitive Land Policy and Land Governance in Africa. London: International Alert.

Bruce, John and Karol Boudreaux 2011: Land Disputes and Land Conflict. Property Rights and Resource Governance Briefing Paper #12. Washington D.C.: USAID.

Nelson, Gerald C. et al. 2010: Food Security and Climate Change. Challenges to 2050 and Beyond. IFRPI Issue Brief 66. December 2010.Washington D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

GRAIN 2008: Seized: The 2008 land grab for food and financial security.Barcelona: GRAIN.

Messer, Ellen and Marc L. Cohen 2006: Conflict, Food Insecurity, and Globalization. Food Consumption and Nutrition Division Discussion Paper 206. Washington D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

    Roth, Michael and Greg Myers 2011: Land Tenure, Property Rights, and Food Security. Emerging Implications for USG Policies and Programming. Property Rights and Resource Governance Briefing Paper #1. Washington D.C.: USAID.

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    Books & Studies

    Bunte, Thimna and Laureline Monnier 2011: Mediating Land Conflict in Burundi. Durban: The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

    Bora, Saswati et al. 2010: Food Security and Conflict. World Development Report 2011 Background Paper. Washington D.C.: World Bank.

    Borras, Saturnino Jr. and Jennifer C. Franco 2010: From Threat to Opportunity? Problems with the Idea of a “Code of Conduct” for Land-Grabbing. Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, vol. 13(2), 507-523.

    Center for Human Rights and Global Justice 2010: Foreign Land Deals and Human Rights. Case Studies on Agricultural and Biofuel Investment. New York: NYU School of Law.

    Cotula, Lorenzo et al. 2009: Land grab or development opportunity? Agricultural investment and international land deals in Africa. London/Rom: IIED/FAO/IFAD.

    Daniel, Shepard and Anuradha Mittal 2009:The Great Land Grab: Rush for the World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor. Oakland, CA: Oakland Institute.

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    Documents

    FAO 2011: zero draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources. Rome: FAO.

      High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis 2010: Updated Comprehensive Framework for Action. September 2010.

      UN Secretary-General 2010: Secretary General's message on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. New York, 17 June 2010.

      Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter 2009: Large-scale Land Acquisitions and Leases: A Set of Minimum Principles and Measures to Address the Human Rights Challenge. Addendum to Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, delivered to the 13th  Session of the Human Rights Council, 28 Dec 2009, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/13/33/add.2.

      FAO 2009: Committee on World Food Security. Thirty-fifth Session. Rome, 14, 15 and 17 October 2009. Agenda Item III. Reform of the Committee on World Food Security. Final Version.

      High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis 2008: UN Declaration of the High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, on 5 June 2008.

        UN Secretary-General 2007: The right to food. Note by the Secretary-General at UN General Assembly Sixty-second session, Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,  22 August 2007, U.N. Doc. A /62/289.

        Links

        FAO Special Programme for Food Security:http://www.fao.org/spfs/spfs-home/en/

        IFPRI Food Security Portal: http://www.foodsecurityportal.org/

        The New Geopolitics of Food - Foreign Policy Food Issue: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food

        Clean Cookstoves Movement: http://www.cookingshouldntkill.org/

        Interactive map on the global land grab:http://www.inkota.de/nc/themen-kampagnen/welternaehrung-landwirtschaft/land-grabbing/interaktive-weltkarte/

        OXFAM Food Prices Map: http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/food-price-volatility-map