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Environment Security

UNEP’s Environment Security work focuses on understanding how environmental degradation and climate change interact with peace and security dynamics – both negatively and positively – and, based on that understanding, ensuring that effective measures are put in place to protect the environment, ensure resilience to climate change, and promote peace in politically complex and fragile contexts.

UNEP achieves these two goals through:

  • Analysis: what is the state of the environment, how it is changing, what are the drivers and pressures, what are the linkages between environmental degradation, peace, security, and stability, what are priority concerns, how do specific environmental changes impact people and conflict/peace dynamics.
  • Solution-design: Identifying good environmental practices to address priority issues (ex: ecosystem restoration, natural resource government mechanisms and agreements, infrastructure for water storage and harvesting,…)
  • Support to implementation: Identifying partners and donors, forming and managing partnerships; convening, process-design, managing and negotiating hurdles with political sensitivity.

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Ongoing projects

UNEP is currently working on several climate security initiatives in East and West Africa, and in the MENA region. 

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Online course

Climate Change, Peace and Security: Understanding Climate-Related Security Risks Through an Integrated Lens.

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Data platform

Custom climate security analytics. 

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