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Environment, Development and Sustainable Peace: Finding Paths to Environmental Peacemaking

IES takes part in Wilton Park conference

16 - 19 Sept 2004

What has been learnt from a decade of intensive analysis and debate about "environmental security"? How are the challenges seen in North and South? What positive examples are there for environmental peacemaking between neighbouring countries? How can funding be assured for promising initiatives? How can environmental, developmental and peace objectives be coordinated?

Geoffrey Dabelko of the Woodrow Wilson International Center opening the Wilton Park Conference
Geoffrey Dabelko of the Woodrow Wilson International Center opening the Wilton Park Conference.


Understanding Environment, Conflict and Cooperation

These were the questions addressed at the Wilton Park conference on environmental peacemaking, 16-19 September organised in co-operation with Adelphi Research, Berlin and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

Several participants from The Hague Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainable Development, organised by IES in May, were present including IES Senior Advisor, Tom Spencer and IES Deputy Director, Ron Kingham.

Klaus Toepfer

Opening the conference, UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, announced the release of Understanding Environment, Conflict and Cooperation a joint publication of UNEP and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars which is now available on-line at

Throughout the conference attention was given to a number of environmental peacebuilding initiatives related to water, forest and minerals. A summary report and many of the presentations are to be available on the Wilton Park website.

A list of organisations represented at the conference with links to their profiles and websites is available here.

Tom Spencer
IES Senior Advisor Tom Spencer

The closing speaker, Tom Spencer, Executive Director, European Centre for Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Global Governance, University of Surrey, who is also Senior Advisor to the IES, said that the debate about environment and security is a major way to get environment back on the international agenda.

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