Factbook - Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC)
The ECC Factbook is a powerful map-tool to explore the complex relationships between climate and environmental change and situations of fragility around the world.
The fundamental purpose of this Factbook is to provide an overview on conflict and cooperation around the world that relates to environmental change and to allow policy-makers, experts and interested members of the public to search, access, understand and compare such instances of conflict, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. As such, it ultimately seeks to contribute to preventing, transforming and resolving these types of conflict, by serving as a knowledge platform that helps our users to better understand the drivers behind environmental conflict and cooperation and to harness the lessons learned from earlier (non-)interventions.
The Factbook features two principal ways of accessing the information. First, you can browse the interactive map, zooming in and out and/or filtering cases along various dimensions relating to conflict drivers, causal pathways, resources, conflict intensities, tried and potential conflict resolution strategies and more. Second, you can search the tabular view of the database. Once you come across a conflict of particular interest, you can access a factsheet on this conflict that synthesizes the case’s conflict history and resolution efforts and includes a host of background information, much of it visualized in graphs. Much of this material can already be downloaded in a pdf file, and we are planning to further improve the ease with which this material can be used for presentations and discussion (giving due reference, we hope).
The Factbook was designed in conjunction with a report commissioned by the G7, A New Climate for Peace. It draws on the climate-fragility compound risks developed for this report, extends the case studies contained in the report and features additional empirical illustrations of the risks. It goes beyond this report, however, insofar as it also looks at environmental changes beyond climate change – and insofar as it is consciously designed as an ‘open-ended’ project that seeks to extend the conversation about and analysis of the foreign policy consequences of global environmental change into the future.