In a recent press release from the IES, military experts from five continents announce a warning of the impact of climate change on security. The statement, presented at a meeting on October 29, 2009 at Brookings in Washington, and issued simultaneously in Brussels, Dhaka, Georgetown, London, New Delhi and The Hague, says that “incremental, and at times, abrupt climate change is resulting in an unprecendented scale of human misery, loss of biodiversity and damage to infrastructure with consequential security implications that need to be addressed urgently.” To read the entire press release, click here.
The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2002 in The Hague, with representatives in Brussels, London, Beirut, California, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.
This “knowledge and action network” was set up to increase political attention to environmental security as a means to help prevent conflict, instability and unrest.
The Institute’s mission is: “To advance global environmental security by promoting the maintenance of the regenerative capacity of life-supporting eco-systems.”
Its multidisciplinary approach integrates the fields of science, diplomacy, law, finance and education. Activities are designed to provide policy-makers with a methodology to tackle environmental security risks in time, in order to safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development.
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 written by Michael Renner.
The following publication by the Institute is also recommended environmental compliance reading for any organization facing environmental security issues — Introduction to the Concepts of Environmental Security and Environmental Conflict.