This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief.
In developing countries, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practitioners need a way to choose among the numerous available options for securing safe water and sanitation. A joint paper by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and the Pacific Institute indicates that existing support resources fail to adequately serve the needs of practitioners, but highlights the necessary characteristics of an effective decision-making support tool.
Below are excerpts from recent official statements in which environment and population issues are prominently cited in the context of security and national interests.
MARCH 2009—Wilson Center Photo Exhibit Depicts Disease's Ravages
FEBRUARY 2007—New Strategy Focuses on Governance, Accountability
In this seminar series sponsored by the Wilson Center's Middle East Program, the Environmental Change and Security Project, and USAID, experts are convening to discuss such topics as safe motherhood, reproductive health and culture, fertility patterns, contraceptive use, and HIV.
Worldwatch Institute Publishes Global Security Brief by Aaron T. Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko
World Watch Magazine's "A New Security Paradigm" Praises ECSP Work
Complete set of commentaries on population, health, environment, and conflict in Africa by Wangari Maathai, Marc Ravalomanana, John Katunga, Milline J. Mbonile, Nana K. Poku, Anthony Nyong, Kenneth Omeje, and Patricia Kameri-Mbote.