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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

Forests Publications

Quick Access

Rights and Resources Initiative 2008: Seeing People Through the Trees - Summary

USAID 2005: Forests & Conflicts. A Toolkit for Intervention. USAID/Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Kaimowitz, David 2005: Forests and Armed Conflict. In: ETFRN News Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

Brack, Duncan 2005: EU FLEGT Initiative:
Assessment of ‘Additional Measures' to Exclude Illegal Timber from EU Markets
, Chatham House.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 2004: Fact Sheet: Forests and Conflict.

 

Books & Studies

Global Witness 2011: Forest Carbon, Cash and Crime. London.

Gurung, Jeanette 2011: Getting REDD+ Right for Women. Bangkok: WOCAN.

Dhakal, B. et al. 2011: Forests for food security and livelihood sustainability: Policy problems and opportunities for small farmers in Nepal. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 35 (1): 86-115.

World Bank 2007: Democratic Republic of Congo: Transitional Support for Economic Recovery. Investigation Report. The Inspection Panel of the World Bank.

European Tropical Forest Research Network 2004/2005: ETFRN News 43 / 44:  Special Edition on Forests and Conflicts.

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Documents

FLEGT briefing sheets

The EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

The European Parliament motion on the FLEGT action plan, February 2004.

The EU Council Conclusions on the FLEGT action plan, October 2003.

Links

News, documents and events on social and environmental impacts of illegal logging. http://www.illegal-logging.info/

Security, Development and Forest Conflict. Forest conflict links and online publications.
http://www.etfrn.org/etfrn/sdfc/index.htm

Background information and case studies on forest-related conflict analysis. http://conflictbiography.recoftc.org/html/index.htm

Congo Basin Forest Partnership: http://www.cbfp.org/

Poverty Environment Network. Examines the nexus between forests and livelihoods: http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/pen/_ref/about/index.htm