Environmental Induced Conflicts and Minority Rights
Through the development of this project ECMI would like to support the ongoing efforts undertaken by the international academic community in investigating the causal chain between environmental degradation and conflict.
While public policies cannot by themselves constitute an effective response to environmental threats, the emerging consensus for a holistic approach to be undertaken by the entire international community is nowadays unanimously accepted.
In this perspective, the inclusion of dedicated researches on the dyad minority-environment is certainly auspicious.
With the intention of contributing to enhancing both international and national capabilities, the project will then explore the potentially dangerous linkages between environmental alterations and minority lifestyle and identity.
Anticipated by a stocktaking exercise on the current research practices on the subject matter, the project will move on to undertake innovative research on the impact of governmental development activities, as well as cumulative climate changes, on minority lifestyle and cultural identity. This could be land degradation, deforestation, and etc.
Considering selected case studies, the present research efforts should finally elaborate an optimal standard for minority rights protection in environmentally altered scenarios.
For more about the project please see ECMI Annual Programme 2012.