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Environment & Security: Challenges for Change
Barcelona Roundtable Workshop Report Now Available!
18 February 2009
On 6 October 2008 over 70 representatives from the worlds of conservation and security met at the Roundtable Workshop on Environment and Security at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.
Both worlds shared the vision that environmental issues and in particular climate change are a major security challenge for all nations. Both worlds have a role to play in combating climate change and participants valued the bringing of the two sides together.
There was a consensus among the participants that cooperation on environment and security must go beyond reduction of the environmental impact of the military to include, for example, early warning and interaction on the management of environmental problems that may lead to, or aggravate, conflict. A number of promising opportunities for cooperation were identified, particularly with regard to sharing expertise and information, joint scenario exercises and public diplomacy events to put the issue higher on the agenda of decision makers.
The formal sessions of the round table and the informal discussions during the reception afterwards generated a number of recommendations for next steps to bring the two worlds closer together.
In partnership with the two IUCN Commissions and the US-based CNA Corporation, IES is taking the lead to facilitate the next steps within the context of its programme on "Climate Change and International Security" (CCIS).