To Have and Have Not - Resource Governance in the 21st Century

To Have and Have Not - Resource Governance in the 21st Century

Ressource Governance

Deep Blue Sea, Photo by Lars Lentz/ CC
Deep Blue Sea, Source: commonswikimedia, Photo: by Lars Lentz, Licence: CC BY-SA 1.0


Resource politics and ecological transformation

Alongside tackling climate change and global poverty, using resources sustainably and distributing them fairly across the globe is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Much natural resource wealth is located in emerging economies and developing countries, which suffer not only from poverty but also from major democratic shortcomings.

For many people in these countries this resource wealth is a curse rather than a blessing. At the same time, securing the supply of raw materials for industrial production has become a top priority of industrialised and emerging countries.What kind of resource policy do we need in Germany and globally to make a an equitable ecological transformation possible?

Ressource Governance

Ressource Governance

Perspectives Asia #1

Perspectives – Political Analysis and Commentary from Asia

- June 19, 2013 - Perspectives Asia is a new publication series of the Asia Desk of the Heinrich Böll Foundation published in cooperation with the offices of the foundation in Asia. We intend to provide an understanding of Asian perspectives, as well as insights into developments and current political issues across the Asian region. In the issue, we report on the implications of large-scale resource extraction. more»

The Russion coal industry - an environmental and social disaster

- June 13, 2013 - Expansion of the Russian coal industry will increase greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a faster climate change. One reason behind this expansion is the growing demand for Russian coal from Europe’s energy giants, such as E.On and RWE. This is revealed in a new report on the Russian coal industry released today in Bonn, Germany. Vladimir Slivyak more»
Oil Slick, Foto: arbyreed, Quelle:, Lizenz: CC BY-NC 2.0


Unconventional Oil: A Challenge for Local Communities

- October 10, 2012 - With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of oil and also in unconventional resources, such as tar sands, and oil shale. All are difficult and costly to produce, usually more carbon intensive than conventional oil and may have calamitous long-term impacts on the local environment.


Christopher Walker more»
Wind Farm in Egypt

After spring comes? Recent development investments into the MENA region

- October 31, 2012 - In the wake of the Arab Spring, G8 countries and other nations have pledged major sums to stabilize the region. These financial and economic support packages could also fail to stabilize the region. Successfully managing the wide range of risks involved in the region requires addressing vulnerabilities directly in order to turn what will be a low-carbon and resource-constrained future from a risk into an opportunity.  Sabrina Schulz more»


Seasons of Change: Climate, Energy and Resource Politics in the MENA Region

- November 1, 2012 - In the midst of turbulent times in the Middle East and North Africa, Qatar is hosting the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha from November 26 to December 7, 2012. This trilingual webdossier presents analysis and perspectives on how climate change, resource and energy politics relate to political and social change.  more»

International Dialogue Project: Resource Equity in a Finite World

- August 6, 2012 - One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to bring about global equity without further overstepping the planet’s ecological limits or overusing the earth’s finite resources. Twenty years after the Rio Earth Summit and forty years after the publication of Meadows’ "Limits to Growth" the Heinrich Böll Stiftung wants to build on its successful project work on resource and agricultural policy at headquarter and country office level, and launch an international dialogue process on Resource Politics.

Publication Series on Ecology, Volume 26

International Resource Politics

- June 19, 2012 - Natural resources are back on the agenda. This paper underlines a new dimension of international relations and pleads for new approaches, called international resource politics, which can be used for ongoing debates concerning green economy and transition strategies. more»

Four Years after the World Food Price Crisis: The Governance of World Food Security

- October 14, 2011 - The 2007–2008 world food price crisis caused political and economical instability and social unrest in both poor and developed nations. This was only the latest example for a functioning food system being an indispensable pillar of a stable economy and a society capable of reproducing itself. A new study outlines steps how the intergovernmental Committee on World Food Security could be expanded towards a politically relevant international steering committee. Nora McKeon more»


Marginal Oil: What is driving oil companies dirtier and deeper?

- May 24, 2011 - This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond. Sarah Wykes and Lorne Stockman more»


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