Institute for Environmental Security
Advancing Global Environmental Security through
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What is Environmental Security?
The relation between the environment and the security of humans and nature has been the object of much research and the subject of many publications in recent decades, but it is only recently becoming an important focus of international environmental policy.
This 2-page paper introduces the concept of Environmental Security and refers to the issues of resource scarcity, resource abundance, environmental conflict and cooperation and the need for innovative institutional arrangements.
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|Publisher||Institute for Environmental Security|
|Place published||The Hague|
|Date / Journal Vol No.||2002-2005|
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