• Security Europe

The root causes of extremist movements in North Africa

Since time immemorial, North Africa has been a land of rebellion and resistance against foreign invaders and illegitimate rulers. Today’s armed extremism is more complex, with its indiscriminate targeting and ever-expanding effects. Widespread international connections, effective use of communication technologies and a vast reservoir for recruitment, have made the Maghreb radical movements a lethal and… Read article ›

  • Biodiversity
  • Greener Europe

Biodiversity is too low on the political agenda

Biodiversity is not high enough on the political agenda, despite the fact that trends recently reported are almost entirely negative. The European Environment Agency’s 2015 State of the Environment Report confirms that Europe’s natural capital is not yet being protected, conserved and enhanced in line with the ambitions of the 7th Environment Action Programme. Longer-term… Read article ›

  • Biodiversity
  • Greener Europe

International agencies, governments and farmers will all need to act to preserve biodiversity

The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as achieved “when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. Food security therefore covers four essential elements: availability, access, utilisation and stability.… Read article ›

  • Biodiversity

The SDGs are an opportunity for biodiversity

Last October’s UN conference on biodiversity in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was an important moment for reaffirming the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development. It culminated in the adoption of a political declaration that recognised the contribution biodiversity makes to development and agreed to link the implementation of the UN’s post-2015 Development Agenda to the application… Read article ›