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Hans Günter Brauch

"Climate Change, Environmental Stress and Conflict - AFES-PRESS Report for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety", in:

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Ed.):

Climate Change and Conflict.
Can climate change impacts
increase conflict potentials?
What is the relevance of this issue
for the international process
on climate change?

(Berlin: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety, 2002).

The report reviews the empirical evidence and perspectives of "Climate Change and Conflicts" and thus contributes to international and national debates on climate protection. Crisis and conflict prevention as well as crisis management are given top priority on the international political agenda and provide additional supportive arguments in favour of a precautionary and ambitious climate protection policy.

Part I of this brochure summarises the results of a "Special Event" on "Climate Change and Conflicts" which took place on 10 June 2002 in the framework of the UN climate protection process. It was organised by the Federal Environment Ministry in cooperation with ministries in Finland, United Kingdom and Mexico (pp. 1-8).

Part II is a study by Hans Günter Brauch (AFES-PRESS) on current knowledge regarding the linkages between climate change, environmental stress and conflicts, with a specific focus on the situation in the small island states, Mexico, Bangladesh, Egypt and the Mediterranean region (pp. 9-112).

In Part III, Sebastian Oberthuer (ecologic), Dennis Taenzler and Alexander Carius (adelphi research) discuss whether there are any starting points for linking the topic of "climate change and conflicts" with the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol (pp.113-142).

The full report is available in PDF on the Federal Ministry's Website at:<>. A hard copy of the brochure may be ordered free of charge by sending an Email with your full postal address to

hgb029; Language: English; Areas: climate change, impacts, environmental stress, water, soil, agriculture, population growth, urbanisation; Region: global, Mexico, Bangladesh, Egypt, Mediterranean.