ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part I

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on this page and the next few pages.

01. Prof Pius Yanda

On Climate change, its impacts, related factors and prevention of climate-related conflicts

The effects of climate change and concerns for intra- and inter-state conflicts; the example of pastoral conflict in Tanzania; effects of climate change to the vulnerable; other factors that contribute to conflicts; and, recommendations for adaptation and addressing climate-related conflicts.

02. Dr William Tsuma

Towards a preventative framework for climate-related conflicts

What does a preventative action framework look like? – elements of climate risk assessment and analyses; integrating conflict prevention and climate change adaptation; broadening spaces for policy and action; strengthening local & traditional capacities for resilience.

03. Dr Curtis Bell

On droughts and conflict in Africa

Summary of findings of statistical analysis – beginning of large interdisciplinary project on drought and civil war. Adaptive policy (preventing climate-related conflicts): the effects of cereal grain production on civil war in drought-suffering states.

04. Nina von Uexkull

On droughts and conflict in Africa

Presentation of the research: hypothesis; research design; dependent variable; location of civil conflicts in Africa; need for subnational analysis shown; independent variable; control variables; results.

05. Prof Urmilla Bob

Closing: Panel 1

Conclusions from first panel presentations and discussions.

06. Angella Nabwowe

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Overview of issues arising as a result of take-over of a forest reserve from local peoples, by the National Forestry Authority in Uganda. Recommendations for addressing conflicts.

07. Ellycia Harrould (Part 1)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.

07. Ellycia Harrould (Part 2)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.

 

 

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part II

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on these pages.

08. Dr Fathima Ahmed (Part 1)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Types of conflicts in coastal zones and management issues (a focus on terrestrial issues). Climate change adaptation for coastal zones.

08. Dr Fathima Ahmed (Part 2)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Types of conflicts in coastal zones and management issues (a focus on terrestrial issues). Climate change adaptation for coastal zones. 

09. Dr Sandy Ruckstuhl

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Concluding comments/key issues from panel II

10. Dennis Hamro-Drotz (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Provides background of and rationale for study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Method and main findings of study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Main trends emerging from the study. Conclusions from the study.

10. Dennis Hamro-Drotz (Part 2)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Provides background of and rationale for study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Method and main findings of study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Main trends emerging from the study. Conclusions from the study.

11. Janpeter Schilling

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Presentation on conflicts in Turkana, Kenya. Presentation of resource scarcity and abundance (RAST) hypothesis; Adaptation options in the Turkana; Conclusion and Next Steps.

12. Salome Bronkhorst (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Findings of study.

12. Salome Bronkhorst (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Findings of study.

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part III

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on these pages.

13. Francis Opiyo

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Strategies for mitigating drought-induced resource use conflicts among pastoralists of Northwestern Kenya: Discussion of Turkana-Pokot conflicts in Kenya. The resource use planning processes as a finding from the study, with conclusions. Conclusion from study.

14. Jennifer Mohamed (Part 1)

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Incorporating human rights perspectives strengthens conflict-sensitive adaptation. What is effective adaptation; adaptation governance can be a conflict driver; adaptation governance to enhance security. Human Rights provides leverage for conflict resolution and prevention by: encouraging future perspectives; ensuring greater equity and fairness; better integration of adaptation; Social learning; and access to justice.

14. Jennifer Mohamed (Part 2)

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Incorporating human rights perspectives strengthens conflict-sensitive adaptation. What is effective adaptation; adaptation governance can be a conflict driver; adaptation governance to enhance security. Human Rights provides leverage for conflict resolution and prevention by: encouraging future perspectives; ensuring greater equity and fairness; better integration of adaptation; Social learning; and access to justice.

15. Final Comments

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

16. Dennis Taenzler

Panel IV: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

Presentation of the Water, Crisis, Climate Change Analytical Framework (WACCAF) as a Potential Contribution to Conflict Sensitive Adaptation.

17. Jonathan Kolieb (Part 1)

Panel V: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

The case for Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – the role of business in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Realising Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – How to achieve it.

17. Jonathan Kolieb (Part 2)

Panel V: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

The case for Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – the role of business in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Realising Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – How to achieve it.

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part IV

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on this page and previous pages.

18. Dr Elina Marmer (Part 1)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

Migration and adaptation: 1) adaptation to prevent migration; 2) migration as adaptation, and 3) migration for adaptation. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions.

18. Dr Elina Marmer (Part 2)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

 

Migration and adaptation: 1) adaptation to prevent migration; 2) migration as adaptation, and 3) migration for adaptation. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions.

19. Dr Simone Sala

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

Reflection on rainfall, temperature and greening trends in the Sahel. Mediating climate change-induced conflicts over natural resources: A toolbox for policy makers in Africa. 

20. Kira Intrator (Part 1)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts. Part One: Humans as sensors. The next generation of geospatial technology applications to anticipate and mitigate climate.

20. Steve Chan (Part 2)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

20. Steve Chan (Part 3)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

20. Steve Chan (Part 4)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

Capacity Building

The Knowledge Production Department facilitates various staff capacity building initiatives.

Capacity Building refers to in-house initiatives to build on employee’s skills and develop their knowledge and capabilities within the organisation in order to support the development of the institution’s overall capacity.

Such initiatives vary from time to time, but have included internal staff seminars on topical peace and conflict issues; research presentations; and research and writing workshops. We like to give our staff the opportunity to attend and participate in conferences and to visit local museums and exhibitions.

Capacity Building also includes the recruitment of Research Interns, Junior Fellows and Senior Research Fellows to simultaneously assist individuals in developing their research and writing skills, while supporting the research capacity and research agenda of the organisation.

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