Inventory of Environment and Security Policies and Practices

An Overview of Strategies and Initiatives of Selected Governments, International Organisations and Inter-Governmental Organisations

Author(s)Ronald A. Kingham, Editor
PublisherInstitute for Environmental Security
Place publishedThe Hague
Date / Journal Vol No.First Edition - October 2006


This report provides an easy to use comparative overview of existing governmental and inter-governmental positions and actions dealing with the relationship between environment, security and sustainable development.

Focusing on selected OECD Member States, including several EU Member States, the report describes the environment and security policies and practices of 13 counties as well as 7 international / intergovernmental organisations.

The IESPP report illustrates how the selected governments / IGOs have addressed their stated environmental security priorities through various policies, programmes and projects with respect to eight key themes.

  • ES and foreign and security policy
  • ES and development cooperation
  • ES and peace building
  • ES monitoring, mapping and early warning
  • ES risk and needs assessment and management
  • Environmental conflict prevention and resolution
  • Post-conflict environmental rehabilitation and reconstruction
  • Natural disasters and conflict mitigation and adaptation

Contents / Downloads

All links are to PDF files under 100KB, unless marked otherwise.

Full IESPP Report (Large PDF) - 1st Edition - 2006

Introductory Chapters


Foreword - by Nick Mabey, Chief Executive (E3G)

Objectives and Methodology - by Ronald A. Kingham (IES)

Introduction to the Concepts of Environmental Security and Environmental Conflict (PDF 117KB) - by Michael Renner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

Country Profiles

IGO Profiles



  1. Co-published with Adelphi Research, Berlin, Germany 
  2. Co-published with Center for Environmental Diplomacy, Washington, D.C., USA 
  3. Co-published with Green Globe Network, Green Alliance, London, United Kingdom 
  4. Co-published with Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., USA 

Produced with the support of

  • The Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
  • United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development

This report also provides important background to the programme on Greening Foreign and Security Policy organised by the IES and partners.