Placemaking: cities in green
“[...] should remember that the connection between climate change and Islamic State - and more broadly, between climate change and political instability - is not just a coincidence. It may instead be the key reality of the 21st century.
Think now of a world in which the population under age 24 in Africa has increased by 500 million people, and the populations of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen have increased by over 100 million people. That is the UN's projection for 2050. Add to this mix a combination of severe droughts, devastating floods, crop failures, and massive migrations that create collisions and heightened competition among ethnic and religious groups struggling for land, resources and incomes. Then think of how the governments of these regions could and would respond to such crises, and whether Europe and other safe havens could absorb even a tiny fraction of the resulting refugees. If such a world exists one day, the current crisis in Syria and the actions of IS terrorists may be multiplied many fold.”
A few highlights:
Next to the military interventions and diplomatic negotiations we need a civil offensive to create change.
Technically speaking it takes 2 to 5 years to turn a barren area into valuable green area providing water, micro-climate, agricultural crops, feed and food, trees, shelter, biodiversity and other ecosystem services.
The role view of men as custodian of prosperity instead of being fighters for religion or tribe can be strengthened by having economic success.
We have to arrange our work alongside a long term vision and at the same we have to work on short term success and results to win the hearts and the minds of the people.
As Europeans, being the neighbors of an important part of MENA, we can offer our help, partnership, knowledge and organizational skills. We have to respond to the threatening situation of terrorism by supporting development and strengthen the social and economic situation of the people in their and our interest.
Migrant influx in Africa and the Middle East will be increasing within a decade.
As a form of European border security, placemaking can be an approach to protect Europe from large influx of migrants.
Agnes Dinkelman was spreker op de Future Force Conference. Ze sprak over een integrale aanpak van complexe dreiging op het snijvlak van migratie, klimaat en conflict. Bedreigingen in Nederland en de wereld worden steeds complexer. Militair optreden alleen is niet de oplossing. Maar wat dan wel?
Op uitnodiging van Defensie kwamen nationale en internationale experts en organisaties bijeen om daarover te praten. Dat gebeurde op 9 en 10 februari 2017 tijdens de Future Force Conference (FFC) in Den Haag.
“Defensie is maar een deel van de oplossing”, zegt Commandant der Strijdkrachten generaal Tom Middendorp. "We moeten in deze complexe wereld echt streven naar nieuwe en andere samenwerkingsverbanden. Ecosystemen in feite, waarbij organisaties en mensen met verschillende achtergronden en disciplines bij elkaar komen om bij te dragen aan een betere wereld. Alleen dan kunnen we werken aan duurzame vrede”.
Agnes Dinkelman was spreker op de conferentie, tijdens de breakout sessies: Disruptive Technologies.
Imagine 2050, according to the UN 50-200 million people will be fleeing from drought, hunger, disasters and poverty. The population in Africa is increased by 500 million and Syrië, Afghanistan, Irak, Palestine and Yemen will have a 100 million inhabitants more. The governments of these countries won’t have solutions for their people when it comes to safety, security and humanitarian aid. So we have to explore what this will mean for the stability in Africa, the Middle East and in Europe. One of the urgent questions is: “How to adress such amounts of refugees in a youth bulge area like Africa and the MENA region?” Placemaking could be one of the approaches that will help to restore communities.
Placemaking: restoring deserts, developing economic vibrant cities in the new green, collaborating with the hinterland for social economic integration.
Stillare is preparing and exploring the topic. We combine the elements of green, homification and the influx management and explore with a diversity of partners in knowledge institutes, business and governmental organizations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa if this approach could be an effective one.
Stillare Foundation is opgericht in januari 2017 om de ontwikkeling van het Placemaking programma te faciliteren.
Voorlopig voorzitter is Agnes Dinkelman. Voorlopig secretaris is Tammo Oegema. Voorlopig penningmeester is Stef Schreuder.