Institute for Environmental Security

Advancing Global Environmental Security through
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Programmes & Projects

The need to draw the necessary political attention to environmental security to prevent conflict, instability and unrest prompted the design in 2002 of the Institute's work programme.

This is an integrated programme encompassing the disciplines of science, diplomacy, international law, finance and education. It aims to provide policy-makers with a methodology and the policy tools to tackle environmental security risks in time in order to safeguard essential conditions for sustainable development.

COBRA: Future Challenges Local Solutions

Novel funding initiatives are on the cusp of implementation across the developing world. Community owned solutions for the management of ecosystem services have the potential to act as showcases for determining the most effective and efficient use of these emerging funding streams in order to maximise social justice and ecological sustainability.

CCIS: Climate Change and International Security

The IES programme on Climate Change and International Security was set up shortly after the Bali UNFCCC COP 13 by the IES to provide policy makers with creative and combinable solutions with regards to climate change and international security through the organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops.

CCTM: Climate Change and the Military

The project, based on the co-operation of a group of leading think tanks, aims at delivering a strong message from the security sector to global policy makers in view of obtaining a strong international commitment to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

ESPA: Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation

The aim of this programme is to create an array of practical decision tools, strategic maps and initial policy recommendations for decision makers in government, the private sector and NGOs on supporting people's livelihoods that depend on globally significant ecosystems.

FUEL: Integrating Energy Needs in Humanitarian Crisis Situations

The FUEL project is a diplomacy and education project set up to integrate energy needs in humanitarian crisis response situations with a focus on household fuel. Refugee camps and settlements often have large ecological impacts, which have disastrous consequences for people's livelihoods in the long term. This project aims to enhance policies and practices of humanitarian aid organisations on fuel-related issues, in order to avoid such impacts.

GES: Greening European Security

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.

GPC: Global Policy Coherence

The project on Global Policy Coherence aims for an improvement of the compatibility of existing trade and financial regimes with the new post-2012 climate change agreement.

HELF: The Hague Environmental Law Facility

The HELF Project investigates the usefulness and necessity of a facility in the field of environmental law in The Hague. This facility would have an advisory function with regards to facilitating access to justice and an auxiliary training function aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of civil servants, diplomats and negotiators on issues of implementation, enforcement and compliance.

IESPP: Inventory of Environment and Security Policies and Practices

This programme has been set up to provide an overview of strategies and initiatives of selected governments, international organisations and inter-governmental organisations

PF: Pathfinder

The Pathfinder Programme is a multi-disciplinary programme with the aim of restricting the import of illegally extracted resources from zones of conflicts by promoting the strenghtening of legal mechanisms that importing and transit states could use to block illicitly obtained natural resources from entering their markets.

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