Berlin Climate Security Conference 2020: Joining forces to address climate-related security risks
The second part of Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020 (BCSC II) takes place virtually from 7 September to 2 October.  The conference aims to explore how more comprehensive risk assessments can be rendered into forward-looking, preventative foreign policy. It also aims to bring together and support the climate-security community. The conference is being held in webinar format events, including both closed as well as public sessions focusing on scientific expertise, developments on the ground and overarching issues such as gender and migration in the context of climate-security.
New CGIAR climate security explorer
CGIAR, a global research partnership, has launched a detailed climate-security database, in which users can navigate the contributions of the organisation to peace. The database offers filters to specify conflict drivers, region or country of interest. The database is informed by research that identified direct and indirect factors that contribute to the prospects of peace.
Building stability: Iraq’s interprovincial water disputes
Besides the transboundary water disputes with Turkey and Iran, provinces in Iraq are internally competing on the limited water recourses. Water Peace and Security Initiative (WPS) has identified interconnected factors that are impacting water availability and, hence, water-related conflicts at interprovincial level. In order to address these factors, WPS proposes three approaches as building blocks to stability: (1) researching interprovincial water challenges, (2) fostering dialogue between stakeholders and (3) supporting activities to prevent conflict risks.