Global Environmental Change & Human Security International Conference

Event date: 22 November 2012 - 24 November 2012

NRCS logoCity: Marrakech
Country: Morocco
Organizers: North-South Center for Social Sciences (NRCS) Morocco; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany; Departement of Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco; National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Leadership (NCCSD), India
Website: Global Environmental Change & Human Security International Conference 

Description: The International Conference GECS-2012: “Global environmental change and Human security: The need for a new vision for science, policy and leadership (climate change as an opportunity)” will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 15-17, 2012. The conference, as a major knowledge consolidation initiative, is structured around three key themes and under each of these a number of session topics are listed.

KEY THEME 1: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HUMAN SECURITY: IDENTIFICATION OF CHALLENGES, IMPACTS, AND VULNERABILITIES

  • Global environmental change as a new security policy challenge: Towards a new geopolitics
  • Global environmental change as a human security threat
  • Human security as an ecological process
  • Trade-offs between global environmental change and food security, health security, and water security
  • Global environmental change, energy, migration, and conflicts
  • Biosafety for bio-engineered primary commodities
  • Environmental change, poverty and the MDGs
  • Mechanisms for rewarding communities for conservation and sustainable management of ecosystem services- Bio-right perspective
  • Climate change as a civilization challenging ethical problem: Policy implications

KEY THEME 2: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HUMAN SECURITY: IDENTIFICATION OF DYNAMICS, ADAPTATION, AND MITIGATION OPTIONS

  • Strengthening multi-level resilience and adaptive capacity to face the impacts of environmental change
  • Building resilience against insecurity and trade-offs between various options to ensure security
  • Adaptation and mitigation: Relevant governance and risk management options
  • Market-based and technical green economy responses to global environmental change
  • Managing global change with new Knowledge, Know-how, technology and funding mechanisms
  • Usefulness of ecosystem and community-based approaches and climate-smart practices
  • Global environmental change within a gender and equity perspective

KEY THEME 3: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HUMAN SECURITY: FEATURES OF A NEW VISION

  • Rethinking human security in a changing environment: The need of a paradigm shift
  • Partnerships between science and policy, industry, and the public
  • Facing global change: The role of dynamic innovation in science, technology and policy
  • Mainstreaming equity imperative in enacted policies
  • Pathways towards global sustainability
  • Role of integrative and multi-levels governance systems
  • Importance of North-South and South-South perspectives
  • Role of stakeholders and public leadership
  • Role of nation state and discretion to choose from the menu of potential solutions