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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

Early Warning & Risk Analysis Publications

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Beddington, J. 2009: Food, Energy, Water and the Climate: A Perfect Storm of Global Events? London: Government Office for Science.

Fischhendler, I. 2008: Institutional conditions for IWRM: The Israeli case. Ground Water, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp.91–102.

The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has compiled a useful glossary of terms and approaches related to crisis prevention.

Books and Studies

Birkmann, Jörn et al. 2011: World Risk Report 2011. Berlin und Bonn: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works) and United Nations University.

Black, Richard et al. 2011: Foresight: Migration and Global Environmental Change. Final Project Report. London: The Government Office for Science.

International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2011: Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Geneva.

Nelson, G. et al. 2010: Food security, farming, and climate change to 2050. Scenarios, Results, Policy Options. Washington, D.C.: IFPRI.

International Crisis Group 2009: Haiti: Saving the Environment, Preventing Instability and Conflict. Latin America and Caribbean Policy Briefing No. 20. Brüssel.

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Regional Case Studies

Middle East and North Africa

Africa

Latin America and Carribean

Asia and Pacific

Central Asia and South Caucasus

Arctic

Links

Institute for Environmental Security: Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA). Results of three Prototype Environmental Security Assessments.

National Security Journalism Initiative: Global Warning. A complex climate threat. http://global-warning.org/main/explore-connections/

UNESCO: Project to Strengthen Flood Forecasting and Management Capacity in Pakistan.

FAO: Information Products for Nile Basin Water Resources Management.

 

Beddington, J. 2009: Food, Energy, Water and the Climate: A Perfect Storm of Global Events? London: Government Office for Science.