Institute for Environmental Security

Advancing Global Environmental Security through
Science · Diplomacy · Law · Finance · Education

IES Organisation

The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2002 in The Hague, The Netherlands with representatives in Brussels, London, Beirut, California, New York, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

IES was established through the collaborative efforts of:

IES People

Programme of Activities

Our multidisciplinary work programme integrates the fields of science, diplomacy, law, finance and education. The programme is designed to provide policy-makers with a methodology to tackle environmental security risks in time, in order to safeguard essential conditions for sustainable development. Click here for our programme of activities.

External Relations

IES Director, Wouter Veening is the Deputy Chairman of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and Chairman of the CEESP Working Group on Environment and Security (E&S), bringing together over eighty leading experts in the field of environment and security.

The IES is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) of OSCE, REC, UNECE, UNEP, UNDP, and NATO.


Strategic partnerships have been built up with a diverse group of organisations in each of the IES programme areas. Click here for the list of IES Partners.


Initial support for the Institute and this website was provided by The Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. Click here for a complete list of IES Donors.

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