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Welcome to the Institute for Environmental Security

The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2002 in The Hague, in order to increase political attention to environmental security as a means to help safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development.

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EFFACE Project Publishes Policy Briefs

Focus is on criminal justice system and organised environmental crime

EFFACE Project Publishes Policy Briefs - Image The EFFACE project (European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime) has published its first two Policy Briefs on environmental crime. The Briefs provide examples and insights on the need for a coordinated EU approach to reduce the broad impacts of crimes against the environment. IES is a partner in the... » Full Story

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Environment and Security in the Southern Mediterranean Region

The IES facilitated an OSCE workshop to explore and map existing and especially new environmental issues that may have an impact on security as well as environmental implications of security policies in a region undergoing major political changes; create wider understanding of the national, regional and international frameworks and mechanisms available for cooperation on environment and security issues in the region; and to put forward recommendations for increased national, regional and international action and solutions on environment and security issues including with regard to the role of the OSCE. » More information

SYMIN Project

SYMIN Project

Together with its partners GAF AG and DLR, the IES has been tasked by the European Space Agency to provide timely information to Afghanistan's Ministry of Mines about informal mining in some of its remotest regions.

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COBRA Project

COBRA Project

The objective of the COBRA Project is to find ways to integrate indigenous solutions within policies addressing escalating social, economic and environmental crises in the Guiana Shield region.

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Climate Change & the Military Project

Climate Change and the Military

The CCTM Project aims at stimulating the debate on the relation between climate change and the role of the military and on how it could contribute to the struggle against impending security threats.
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EnviroSecurity Assessments

ESPA - Colombia under Surveillance

The IES EnviroSecurity Assessments focusing on the Matavén forest - Colombia, the African Great Lakes region and Central Kalimantan - Indonesia are available on this site. Meanwhile, the IES is working on an EnviroSecurity Assessment for the Congo Basin and the Horn of Africa. Case study reports, legal analyses, recommendations, maps, posters and the latest news are available here. » ESPA Programme

'Vision' Interactive Map Viewer

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The IES interactive map viewer displays overlapping GIS data on the IES case studies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. View GIS data and satellite images selecting your own combination of data and analytical indicators for different time periods.

What is Environmental Security?

The relation between the environment and the security of humans and nature has been the subject of much research in recent decades, and is now becoming an important focus of international environmental policy. Click here to read a 2-page overview on environmental security. See also our Introduction to the Concepts of Environmental Security and Environmental Conflict.

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