The climate and environmental crises pose multiple and increasing risks, notably to human security. Inter-disciplinary solutions are necessary to meet the scale of the challenges.
Collaboration across traditional boundaries - discipline, sector, nation state and more - will be necessary to implement them.
Are you interested in exploring solutions at the nexus of land, security and climate change? Would you like to develop the skills of collaboration and trustbuilding to implement these solutions? Would you benefit from joining a network of problem solvers who share a core vision and set of values - and who can draw on each other's strengths in the future? If so, this Summer Academy could be for you.
Why land and security solutions need to be forged together to respond to the threats posed by climate change and create a more peaceful world.
Conflicts over land have been a feature of human existence since time immemorial. Land confers livelihood, living space, territory, even national identity. Nearly all of humanity’s food needs depend on one hand-span of soil - yet an estimated 34 million tonnes of topsoil are lost to erosion every year. Land degradation, climate change, population pressure, conflict and poor governance can interact in reinforcing feedback loops, directly impacting the health and livelihoods of 1.5 billion people.
On the other hand, there is growing evidence that integrating land restoration with community-based peacebuilding can create a virtuous cycle leading to both environmental and social recovery, and contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The constraint to implementing this approach often lies in weak intersectoral co-operation and the need to build trust for the governance of shared natural resources.
The course, which is co-designed by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy , Initiatives of Change and by Triple Capital, takes place within the framework of the 'Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security'.
- Deeper understanding of the main challenges in the nexus between land restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation, human security, migration and conflict;
- Enhanced analysis of the strengths and limitations of existing responses and increased ability to articulate more effective alternatives;
- Increased capacity to respond more effectively to climate, land and security challenges as policy makers and practitioners;
- Improved dialogue and online teamwork skills (using the Claned Learning Platform and Zoom)
- Exchange of views and experiences between peers, global experts and practitioners from the Summer Academy, the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
Participants will be required to set aside 4-5 hours per day during work hours during the course period, plus a total of 4 hours' preparatory work in the week before the course.
Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded certificates and become alumni of the GCSP
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course's target audience is environment and security professionals from public and private sectors:
- civil servants
- private sector representatives
- community leaders
- International organisations
To create the global cooperation that will be required to respond to the climate, land and security challenges of the 21st century.
Some full and some partial scholarships are available.
GCSP Alumni are eligible for a 20% discount.
Application deadline: 30 June 2021