This website functions as a clearing house and a platform for exchange on environment, conflict, and cooperation (ECC). It aims to foster sustainable peace by creating networks among stakeholders from the development, environment, foreign and security communities worldwide.
Environmental aspects are increasingly recognized as important elements of sustainable peace: The UN and EU have initiated discussions on the potential impacts of climate change on the security and stability of states, and environmental security has become a central issue in foreign and security strategy planning. This is also illustrated by the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office for this platform.
To these ends, we continually screen, write and post relevant news and articles, reports and publications, and other resources, clustered by topics and regions on our fully searchable website. An overview of all content sections of the platform can be found at the bottom of the page. Moreover, the ECC Platform's regular newsletter provides articles and information on the most interesting current developments, studies, events, and initiatives.
Since the launch of ECC Platform in 2005, it has been developed further:
• We established a new section dealing with the prospects of climate diplomacy in the light of the increasing recognition that climate change poses severe risks to peace and stability.
• We created regional sub-sections to focus more intensively on concrete case studies, conflict potentials of environmental degradation and initiatives to deal with them in a peaceful way.
• We introduced a video section presenting face-to-face conversations with outstanding experts on environment, conflict and cooperation.
• We integrated a direct link to the ECC exhibition that has been expanded to illustrate the challenges of climate change in different regions of the world.
Doing so, we want to further promote a vivid discussion on issues of the environment and natural resources at the global and regional level. A number of regional partners form part of our editorial team to provide local insights and first-hand information:
Institute for Security Studies (ISS): As a leading African human security research institute, the Institute for Security Studies works towards a stable and peaceful Africa characterized by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security.
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University: Comprised of faculty and professional staff members who work in multidisciplinary project groups, the School integrates scholarship, learning, and practice to solve environmental and energy problems.
Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies: The mission of the Centre for NTS Studies is to conduct research and produce policy-relevant analyses aimed at furthering awareness and building capacity to address non-traditional security issues and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Moreover, we collaborate closely with the following organizations:
Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center: Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) – an initiative of the Wilson Center’s Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience – has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, the media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content (audio and video), and the award-winning blog, New Security Beat.
Chinadialogue: China is growing fast and, as it grows, it is faced with urgent environmental challenges. Climate change, species loss, pollution, water scarcity and environment damage are not problems confined to one country: they are challenges that concern all the world's citizens, but the rise of China gives them a new urgency. Tackling these challenges will require a common effort and common understanding. Chinadialogue aims to promote that common understanding. chinadialogue is devoted to the publication of high quality, bilingual information, direct dialogue and the search for solutions to shared environmental challenges.
The website is a living and dynamic platform, thus never fully complete. We welcome your opinion, comments and news on political initiatives, documents, or institutions relevant to this topic as it would help us to further improve the newsletter and the website.