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Eric van de Giessen

Eric van de Giessen is Project Coordinator at the Institute for Environmental Security in The Hague.

Eric is a human geographer, with a specialisation in sustainable development and conflict prevention. He holds two M.A.ís from Utrecht University (UU): after finishing his Human Geography studies at the UU Faculty of Geosciences, he successfully concluded a Masters study at the Centre for Conflict Studies. He wrote a thesis on the opportunities for environmental peacemaking. During his studies Eric also carried out field research on natural resource management and land use planning in Bukoba rural district, Tanzania.

He joined the Institute for Environmental Security in January 2006, carrying out research and assisting local organisations through advice and fundraising, mainly in the African Great Lakes region. For Planet2025 Network he has worked as researcher and media assistant. In 2007 Eric co-organized the conference "Forces for Sustainability", about sustainable development in fragile states.

The role of natural resource management in the prevention and escalation of conflicts has become the central element in Eric's work for the IES. In 2008 he published his report "Charcoal in the Mist", on environmental security in the Albertine Rift. During the past years, Eric also worked extensively on IES' Environmental Security Assessment of the Horn of Africa. This study analyses the linkages between environment, security and development, and provides workable policy recommendations in order to promote environmental security in the Horn of Africa.

Eric has also coordinated the publication of a report, the implementation of advocacy activities and the organisation of workshops in relation to the FUEL project. This project was directed towards the protection of ecosystems and human well-being in emergency settings, especially through improving fuel-related practices.

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