"SRHR - Population - Environmental Degradation - Climate Change"
15-16 May 2008
Strategic Workshop hosted by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Develoment (EPF), and supported by Countdown 2015
This workshop, which also served as a preparation for EuroNGOs Conference and AGM 2008, focused on providing an overview about current research and discussion about the (possible) interdependence between SRHR, population patterns, environmental degradation and global climate change, as well as an exchange of information and of best practices/lessons learned examples from the field. The 2-days event, which brought together 32 SRHR, environmental and humanitarian aid experts from the EU member states, the USA, and African countries, was governed by lively and thought-provoking discussions.
Topics explored and discussed included:
• SRHR as a rights-based approach to population growth
• Ethical dimensions of addressing global population issues
• Interdependence between population growth and environmental degradation
• Does environmental degradation have an impact on SRHR?
• Population growth in the South and climate change – combating the myths and real connections
• Interdependence between climate change and population (e.g. change of migration patterns)
• How to involve women in SRHR and environmental decisions
• Are the MDGs a realistic and obtainable target against the background of climate change and population growth?
• Young people reaching the reproductive age and climate change
Small teams were set-up to discuss approaches, challenges and common grounds and to develop recommendations around how to best respond to the issue as a right’s based SRHR platform.
The key-findings compiled during the lively panel- and working group discussions as well as initial recommendations regarding the respective implications for our SRHR advocacy work can be found below.
- Climate Change: Public Health Challenges, Dr. Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, WHO, Geneva
- Population Growth and the Environment, Ms. Leyla Alyanak, UNFPA, Geneva, Switzerland
- Ecological Footprint: Population, consumption and sustainability, Ms. Shiva Niazi, Global Footprint Network, USA
Close Quarters in a Closed Atmosphere: Where Does PopulationSqueeze In?, Mr. Robert Engelman, The World Watch Institute, USA
- Population Pressure and Climate Change Challenges in Ethiopia, Mr. Ababu Anage, Head Ecosystem Department, Federal Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia
- An Exposition of the Effects of Environmental Degradation and Poverty on Girls and Women Around Kakamega Forest, Kenya, Mr. Bernard Orimbo, DSW, Kenya
- SRHR-Population-Environment Degradation-Climate Change: Framing the Issue for Policy, Ms. Karen Hardee and Ms. Carolyn Gibb Vogel, PAI, USA
- Population and Climate Change: Framing the Issue from a Policy Perspective, Ms. Karen Hardee and Ms. Carolyn Gibb Vogel, PAI, USA
- Ethical Dimensions of Addressing Global Population Issues, Ms. Karen Newman, Population and Sustainability Network, UK