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The CCAPS program congratulates the three winners of the first CCAPS Call for Papers on environmental security. This Call for Papers was open exclusively to scholars from and based in Africa, and was jointly sponsored by the Strauss Center, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Winning first place, Emerta Asaminew Aragie wrote the winning paper on Climate Change, Growth and Poverty in Ethiopia. Mr. Aragie's paper conducted an econometric analysis of Ethiopia's past and potential future agricultural production to assess the impact of climate change on agricultural output and economic growth in Ethiopia. His analysis determined that Ethiopia has lost more than 5% of its agricultural output each year since 2000, and is poised to lose more per year in the future. Mr. Aragie is currently a Junior Research Officer in the Macroeconomic Division of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

One of the two second-place winners, Ignatius Ani Madu, wrote his paper on the Spatial Vulnerability of Rural Households to Climate Change in Nigeria: Implications for Internal Security. Dr. Madu's study examined various physical and socio-economic indicators of climate change vulnerability to assess the degree of vulnerability of each state in Nigeria. Through his analysis, Dr. Madu seeks to provide an empirical basis for policy responses to climate change in Nigeria. Dr. Madu is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Nigeria.

The other second-place paper was written by Paul Omondi on Assessing Climate Change Threats and Human Security Risks in Western Sudan: The Case of Darfur. Mr. Omondi's paper examined how conflict in Darfur is linked to environmental degradation and resource stress. His research asserts that, in Darfur, there has been a two-way relationship, with environmental stressors causing conflict and conflict contributing to a "spiral effect on both human and environmental security." Mr. Omondi is a Research Associate/Consultant at the Africa Data and Information Network in Nairobi, Kenya.

The CCAPS program will work with the three selected winners over the coming months to develop and publish their papers.

The CCAPS program thanks the many scholars, practitioners, and policymakers who submitted innovative papers on the myriad ways climate change and security intersect in Africa to affect societies and environments. Through their valuable contributions, the Call for Papers seeks to generate more dialogue between academics, practitioners, and policymakers in Africa, the United States, and the international community.

The CCAPS program also extends its heartfelt thanks to the editorial review committee, which gave its incredible expertise, thoughtful review, and long hours to the process to diligently review the volume of contributions received. The review committee was comprised of representatives from the Institute for Security Studies, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The CCAPS program plans to issue its second Call for Papers in summer 2011 for submissions due in 2012.


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