Using scenarios to improve understanding of environment and security issues
The Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have produced a brochure outlining a participatory-based scenario-building approach that is being used to help explore the complex and uncertain impacts stemming from climate change.
OSCE and EEA are running a joint project entitled 'Security implications of climate change in the OSCE regions' with the aims of raising awareness, providing early warning, and recommending measures for ensuring security and promoting cooperation among OSCE-participating States. Scenarios illustrate what regions might look like in the future, illustrating how changes might occur and the possible repercussions. This brochure provides an overview of the project, and includes the results of regional workshops carried out thus far.
For the brochure, click here.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.