International Workshop on Climate Change and Resource Security
begins in Colombo
The International Workshop, "Climate Change and
Resources Security: Challenges for Security and the Security Sector in
South Asia", organized by the Institute of National Security Studies Sri
Lanka (INSSSL) began at the Colombo Hilton, today (30th November 2017).
Attended the opening session as the Chief Guest, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC delivered
the Keynote Address.
Making the keynote address, Secretary Waidyaratne
emphasized the importance of the timely topic of the workshop at a time when the
country is experiencing the ravages of an adverse weather condition. He
said that the challenges and difficulties faced by South Asian countries
are particularly severe. It is unlikely that climate change will be a
direct cause of conflict. However, the impact of its consequences such
as loss of land and livelihood has the potential to increase the risks
of global instability and conflict, he added. In the Middle East and
North Africa, climate change is said to act as a threat multiplier.
Prosperity and stability in the region are intimately tied to its food
and water resources. Climate change places a significant stress on such
South Asia ranks high on lists of countries that are
affected by climate change, but it is far from the only place where,
scientists say global warming could change the fabric of society. In Sri
Lanka, climate change related weather aberrations and resultant extreme
weather events are becoming increasingly common. The country has suffered a
substantial loss of lives and property due to natural disasters. This
variability impacts the agriculture and energy sector as well, he noted.
As climate change is a crosscutting issue, it is
important to reconsider national and regional policies in order to
mitigate its effects. It is important to note that progress in
international negotiations on climate change depends on domestic
political support for cooperation, he further said.
The two day workshop is organized by the INSSSL in
collaboration with the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Konrad-
The workshop focuses on the challenges and effects of
climate change on national and regional security in South Asia, with
particular emphasis on the role of the security sector. The workshop
wants to contribute to an increased exchange of knowledge within the
An elite panel of distinguished subject experts,
senior security sector related officials, think tanks from several
countries, including the US and Europe is attending this event. The
German Ambassador to Sri Lanka H.E Jorn Rohde is among the panel of
Director General of the INSSSL, Mr. Asanga
Abeyagoonasekera, Director, Regional Project Energy Security and Climate
Change, Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung, Hong Kong SAR, Dr. Peter Hefele and
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), Dr. Nishchal Pandey
were also present at the opening occasion.