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Greening European Security

Relationship between Environment, Security and Development

The Institute for Environmental Security has launched - in partnership with GLOBE-EU in Brussels, and others - a programme focusing on mainstreaming environmental and sustainable development factors into European foreign and security policy.

Working especially with Members of the European Parliament, the aim is to promote the forging and implementation of an integrated strategy for environment, sustainable development and security - or the better inclusion of environmental security aspects in the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, European Security Strategy and European Sustainable Development Strategy.

Key issues being addressed include:

The programme was launched at the Symposium on Sustainable Development and Security at the European Parliament on 31 May 2006.

The aim of the symposium was to raise political issues with interested Members of the European Parliament related to improving the integration of environmental and development concerns, notably Climate Change, into the EU's existing Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the European Security Strategy.

Working Groups on Greening European Security

Four working groups were set up to review current policies and best practices and seek to identify gaps in European and international policy and action with respect to four stages in the conflict cycle:

Group A: Predicting Instability - Monitoring, risk assessments and early warning in vulnerable areas and measures to avoid conflict.

Group B: Preventing Conflict - Policy instruments and measures for areas of escalating tensions and for conflict prevention (military and non-military).

Group C: Building Peace - Crisis management and resolution in the event of conflict (military and non-military).

Group D: Recovery and Transition - Post conflict restoration, reconstruction and structural adaptation.

The working groups should produce policy recommendations taking into account the relationships between:

... and the interface among all three.

Environment, Development and Security overlap

The starting point for the groups will be to review the Report and Resolution on Environment, Security and Foreign Affairs adopted by the European Parliament on 28 January 1999 and the subsequent actions in this field by the European Commission.

Working especially with GLOBE-EU Members of the European Parliament, the groups will present their proposals for political action by the European institutions and Member States at a conference on Greening Foreign and Security Policy: The Role of Europe to be held in December 2006.

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