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Wouter Veening

Wouter J. Veening is co-founder and Chairman / President of the Institute for Environmental Security (since 2002) where his work focuses on the policy and legal responses to security risks emanating from environmental degradation in key regions of the world.

He studied political science, economics and social psychology at the University of Amsterdam. After working as policy adviser at the Dutch Ministry of the Environment (1971-1984), he became policy director at the Netherlands Committee for IUCN/World Conservation Union (1984-2002), where he dealt with the environmental policies of multilateral finance and donor institutions, such as the World Bank, IMF, the Global Environment Facility and the European Union.

He has served as Deputy Chairman of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and is currently Chairman of the Environment and Security Working Group of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). In 2003, Drs. Veening was awarded the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for his dedication and vision, especially on the importance of biodiversity conservation within development assistance programmes and his energy in promoting those ideas in the Netherlands, the EU and in international fora.

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