The Exhibition is part of the Climate Diplomacy Initiative and is supported by the grant of the German Federal Foreign Office.
2018 was an important year for our Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) Exhibition. We set the intention of taking a fresh look at the research and practice around environment and conflict. Our goal was to provide a state-of-the-art, concise and impactful overview of trends in environmental changes that put our societies under pressure. The ECC exhibition does this through a mix of stories, images, and infographics that are relatable to everyone.
Some crucial changes regarding environmental trends and their governance were on our list. Notably, 2015 was the year of global frameworks that transformed the playing field for sustainable policies, albeit their implementation is still a paramount task. Furthermore, the link between environment and conflict is barely disputed in the communities of practice today, and, most importantly, there are some outstanding examples of actions on the ground that reflect these interconnections and bring these from the theoretical realm into day-to-day business.
The ECC team has identified the following trends as most critical and invites you to explore the full online version of the ECC Exhibition in English and Spanish, to learn more about them and about ways of working together.
Six trends of environmental change
We face unprecedented environmental pressures and climate extremes. These changes are threatening the essential resources - fertile land and fresh water - that we all depend on, increasing poverty and damaging the livelihoods of millions of people. In addition, these impacts heighten tensions between groups, fuelling political and economic instability and exacerbating conﬂict. In turn, instability can make it hard to manage natural resources sustainably, creating a downward spiral - which is especially dangerous for already fragile countries.