Climate Change and Hydro-conflicts – the Research Project CLICO
On 7 July 2014, Christiane Gerstetter, Senior Fellow of the Ecologic Institute, presented the EU-funded project "Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security (CLICO)" to a group of students, which are members of different German academic foundations. In CLICO, the Ecologic Institute was the leader of one work package conducting a policy analysis and giving policy recommendations. The presentation is available for download.
The presentation was organised by Linda Mederake, currently an intern at Ecologic Institute, and held during an interim meeting of a scientific programme of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). In this two-year programme, ca. 20 students are working together on Sustainability in Natural Resource Use: An Ecosystem Services and Policy Making Perspective. This interim meeting focused on water issues. Apart from Christiane Gerstetter, other speakers were Wolfgang Rebel, spokesperson of the "Berliner Wassertisch" and Muriel Schiessl from the German Institute for Human Rights.
Christiane Gerstetter presented the main objectives, research outcomes and policy recommendations of the CLICO project that dealt, among others, with the impact of climate change on water conflicts in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Sahel zone. She focused on case studies in Ethiopia and Israel/Palestine as well as the work of the Ecologic Institute on the analysis of international, national and regional policies for dealing with hydro-climatic hazards and adaptation with a view to security. She also gave an insight into the work on EU-funded research projects in general and the challenges and difficulties of working with an international research consortium. After the presentation, Christiane Gerstetter and the students entered into a lively discussion.