Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention to a major peer-reviewed scientific handbook that was written by 164 authors from 48 countries and edited by eight experts from seven countries:

– Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Béchir Chourou, Pal Dunay, Jörn Birkmann (Eds.): Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 5 (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011) 1872 p., 185 figures,78 tables, 38 boxes
ISBN: 978-3-642-17775-0 (Hardcover);
ISBN: 978-3-642-17776-7 (E-book):
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17776-7

This book contains these texts on climate change, land degradation and desertification, on water degradation and resource management and on security in the Middle East:

– HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
– Foreword by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
– Hans Günter Brauch and Úrsula Oswald Spring: Introduction: Coping with Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene
– Eduard Soler i Lecha: European Responses to Security Threats in the Mediterranean in the Early 21st Century
– Mustafa Aydin and Asli Toksabay Esen: Inside/Outside: Turkey’s Security Dilemmas and Priorities in the Early 21st Century
– Gamal M. Selim: Perceptions of Hard Security Issues in the Arab World
– Mohammad El-Sayed Selim: Arab Perceptions of Soft Security Issues
– Hans Günter Brauch: Global Climate Change Impacts for the Mediterranean in the 21st Century: Challenges for Human and Environmental Security
– Béchir Chourou: Environmental Challenges and Risks in North Africa
– Bassam Ossama Hayek and Nisreen Daifallah Al Hmoud: Water Degradation as a Human Security Challenge in Jordan
– Marwan Haddad: Water Scarcity and Degradation in Palestine as Challenges, Vulnerabilities, and Risks for Environmental Security
– Arie S. Issar: Progressive Development of the Water Resources of Israel and Palestine to Mitigate the Negative Impact of Global Warming
– Hilmi S. Salem: Social, Environmental and Security Impacts of Climate Change on the Eastern Mediterranean
– Hans Günter Brauch and Úrsula Oswald Spring: Securitizing Land Degradation and Desertification: A Proactive Soil Security Concept
– Uriel N. Safriel. Alternative Livelihoods for Attaining Sustainability and Security in Drylands
– Ismail Abd El Galil Hussein: Desertification Process in Egypt
– Monique Mainguet, Frédéric Dumay, Lahcen Kabiri and Boualem Rémini: Prodromes of Desertification in the Oasis of Tafilalet (Morocco) and Specific Local Solutions
– Andrés Miguel García Lorca: Agriculture in Drylands: Experience in Almeria
– Úrsula Oswald Spring and Hans Günter Brauch: Coping with Global Environmental Change – Sustainability Revolution and Sustainable Peace

This policy-focused Global Environmental and Human Security Handbook for the Anthropo-cene (GEHSHA) addresses new security threats, challenges, vulnerabilities and risks posed by global environmental change and disasters. In 5 forewords, 5 preface essays 95 peer reviewed chapters analyse in 10 parts concepts of military and political hard security and economic, social, environmental soft security with a regional focus on the Near East, North and Sub-Sahara Africa and Asia and on hazards in urban centres. The major focus is on coping with global environmental change: climate change, desertifi ca tion, water, food and health and with hazards and strategies on social vulnerability and resilience building and scientific, international, regional and national political strategies, policies and measures including early warning of conflicts and hazards. The book proposes a political geo-ecology and discusses a ‘Fourth Sustainability Revolution’ for the Anthropocene era of earth history.
Written for: Scientists, researchers; libraries, international organisations, institutes (social and political sciences, philosophy, environmental sciences, geography, climatology, geosciences, economics, law, sociology, education, military academies)

Keywords: environment, security, climate change, desertification, soil erosion, land degradation, water, food, health, disasters, global environmental change, globalization, (social) vulnerability, early warning, political concepts

Forewords by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP; Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, UNU; Jean-Francois Bureau, Assistant Secretary General, NATO; Joy Ogwu, former Foreign Minister of Nigeria; His Royal Highness, Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan.

With Prefaces by Professor Dr. Paul C. Crutzen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Max-Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Mainz; His Excellency Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 1995; Professor Dr. Ulrich Beck, University of Munich and LSE; Dr. Hania Zlotnik, Director, UN Populations Division, United Nations, New York; Dr. Christoph Müller, Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen, Dr. Veronika Huber, Dr. Alexander Popp, Dr. Anastasia Svirejeva-Hopkins, Mr. Michael Krause and Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director, Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research.

This book was launched in March and April 2011 at the British High Commission in Ottawa, at ISA in Montreal (Canada), at the UN Headquarter in New York and at the Political Science Faculty of UNAM in Mexico City. These book launches are documented in detail at: .
The eight co-editors are:

Hans Günter Brauch, PD ( Adj. Prof. ) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany; chairman of AFES-PRESS, fellow at UNU-EHS in Bonn and editor of this series; he publishes on security and environment issues.

Úrsula Oswald Spring, Professor at National University, Mexico; UNU-EHS chair on social vulnerability; she writes on sustainability, development, gender, disaster, poverty and collaborates with peasants.

Czeslaw Mesjasz, Assoc. Professor, Cracow University of Economics, Poland; publishes on systems and game theory, conflict resolution, negotiation, economics, finance and security.

John Grin, Professor, Department of Political Science, Amsterdam University and Amsterdam School for Social science Research, The Netherlands; publishes on societal transformations in water management, agriculture and health care, and advices practitioners.

Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Professor, Strathmore University; Programme Director, International Environmental Law Research Centre, Nairobi, Kenya; she writes on law, development, property, environment and gender.

Béchir Chourou teaches International Relations at the University of Tunis-Carthage in Tunisia and publishes on Euro-Mediterranean relations, food policy and human security in the Arab world.

Pal Dunay (Hungary), Faculty Member, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Director of International Training Course in Security Policy; he publishes on European security, the post-Soviet space and conventional arms control.

Jörn Birkmann, Adj. Prof. (PD) at Bonn University, Germany; Head, Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning Section, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security.

Details on this book you find at: where there is a documentation on the book presentations and press conferences at: .

A list of contents is at: .

An order form is at: .

All 95 book chapters are individually available through Springerlink, at:

The backmatter (list of abbreviations, integrated 190 page bibliography, biographies of the 164 authors from 48 countries) is available free of charge at:

For additional background information and also a link to the website of the publisher go to:

The book has been published as the fifth volume of the peer-reviewed and multidisciplinary Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace (HESP). For details on this scientific book series go to: and to the website of the publisher at: .
The first volume of the Global Environmental and Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA) with 75 chapters was published in 2008 co-edited by:

– Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Pal Dunay, Navnita Chadha Behera, Béchir Chourou, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, P.H. Liotta (Eds.): Globalization and Environmental Chal len ges: Reconceptualizing Security in the 21 st Century. Hexagon Series on Human and Envi ron­mental Security and Peace, vol. 3 (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2008), 1176 p. 85 illus., ISBN: 978-3-540-75976-8
The second volume was published in 2009 co-edited by:

– Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, John Grin, Czeslaw Mesjasz, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Navnita Chadha Behera, Béchir Chourou, Heinz Krummenacher (Eds.): Facing Global Environmental Change: Environ men tal, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts. He xa gon Series on Human and Envi ronmental Security and Peace, vol. 4 ( Berlin – Heidel berg – New York: Sprin ger-Verlag, 2009).
All three books are documented, including book launches and book reviews at: .
Through all libraries that subscribe to the relevant package of SpringerLink the electronic version of all chapters are accessible to authorized readers free of charge.

With kind regards
Hans Guenter Brauch

AFES-PRESS Chairman, Mosbach, Germany
Free University of Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Berlin, Germany
Editor, Hexagon Book Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace (HESP)
Editor, Springer Briefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace (ESDP)