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EEA Reports on Participatory Scenarios of Security Risks from Climate Change

EEA28 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report presenting participatory-based scenarios of security risks from climate change, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues."

The publication offers an overview of a joint project of the EEA and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), called "Security implications of climate change in the OSCE regions," which aims to improve understanding of the links between trends and environment on the global level (including mega-trends) and the security of food, fuel and water in different regions. The project also aims to enhance cooperation and networking among the main institutions addressing climate security issues.

Phase 1 of the project was based on a scoping study and global expert workshop, the report notes. Phase 2 conducted regional scenario workshops, including on climate change and food security in Eastern Europe, climate change and water availability in the Western Balkans, and impacts on the water-energy-agriculture nexus in Central Asia.

Workshop findings include the potential for climate change to spur competition across sectors and national borders to secure threatened resources, as well as direct security risks from extreme weather events and changing distributions of precipitation. [Publication: Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues]