Institute for Environmental Security
Advancing Global Environmental Security through
Science · Diplomacy · Law · Finance · Education
EnviroSecurity Action Guide
Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative
Transforming Risks into Cooperation
Peacefully resolving the overriding political, economic and social concerns of our time requires a multifaceted approach, including mechanisms to address the links between the natural environment and human security. UNDP, UNEP, OSCE and NATO have joined forces in the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative to offer countries their combined pool of expertise and resources towards that aim.
What is Environment and Security Initiative about?
There is growing understanding that environmental degradation, inequitable access to critical natural resources and transboundary movement of hazardous materials increase the probability of conflict and thereby pose a risk to human and even national security. For example transboundary pollution often affects negatively the relations between neighbouring states. Also health risks and involuntary migration due to water scarcity, uncontrolled stocks of obsolete pesticides or other forms of hazardous waste have been identified as threats to stability and peace.
Ongoing disputes and disagreements over the management of natural resources shared by two or more states, can deepen divides and lead to hostilities. But common problems regarding the use of natural resources may also bring people together in a positive way. Communities and different nations can build confidence with each other by joint efforts to improve the state and management of nature. Environmental co-operation can thereby act as an important means for preventing conflicts and promoting peace between communities.
This project seeks to facilitate a process whereby key public decision-makers in South Eastern and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus are able to motivate action to advance and protect peace and the environment at the same time.
Initiative website ( Webpage - www.envsec.org )
Ms Marika Palosaari
Regional Office for Europe
11-13 chemin des An?mones
Tel : +41 22 917 8779
Fax : +41 22 797 3420
1 - ES and foreign and security policy (Mainstreaming environmental factors into foreign and security policy including energy and food security, and security related to other resources such as land, water, living marine resources, terrestrial biodiversity)
2 - ES and development cooperation (Mainstreaming conflict prevention and livelihood protection into development cooperation especially in conflict prone and conflict affected countries, for example, through payment of ecological services and equitable benefit-sharing mechanisms)
3 - ES and peace building (Environmental cooperation for peace building such as through peace parks, river basin management initiatives and cooperation over degraded and environmentally-stressed resources in conflict-prone and conflict-affected zones)
4 - ES monitoring, mapping and early warning
5 - ES risk and needs assessment and management
6 - Environmental conflict prevention and resolution
7- Post-conflict environmental rehabilitation and reconstruction
8 - Natural disasters and climate change mitigation and adaptation
1 - Research / studies / scientific initiatives / monitoring
2 - Policy initiatives / legislation
3 - Coordination, networking, organisational, institutional activities
4 - Legal and judicial initiatives
5 - Financial mechanisms, funding activities
6 - Education, training, capacity building and other information activities
7 - Field level programmes and projects
DEM Democracy / Elections / Participation
MIN Mining / Minerals
NAT Nature Conservation / Protected Areas
PEA PEACE / SECURITY
POP Population & Demography
WAT Water / Sanitation