Objectives

  1. Network with key change agents and leaders in the security community that are actively engaged in climate change, biodiversity and environment;
  2. Educate and/or inform, where appropriate, military leaders worldwide on the need to examine linkages between climate change and national security;
  3. Explore opportunities where the environment community can add value to the security community and vice versa;
  4. Create platforms to bring leaders of both communities together to start creating scenarios for climate change disaster relief and or the prevention of conflicts through mitigation and adaptation;
  5. Focus on mainstreaming environmental security into the IUCN programme.

Short-term plans

  • Maintain the good relations with leaders from the security sector engaged in the Barcelona Roundtable (UNEP, CNA, CIMIC, IES, NATO, Clingendael, Woodrow Wilson Center, etc.)
  • Create a group of interested existing and new CEC members to realize the objectives
  • Link with interested individuals and groupings from the other IUCN Commissions, e.g. the Theme Group on Environment and Security of CEESP and explore modalities of collaboration
  • Establish the appropriate anchor(s) in the IUCN Secretariat
  • Use appropriate upcoming events (e.g. IGES in Washington, CBD Nagoya COP, NATO in Lisbon, UNFCC in Cancun) to broaden the network and further articulate the mission
  • Support regional or national CEC initiatives that bring together leaders from both communities, e.g. Brazil, Australia, etc.
  • Include young professionals in the planning and implementation of activities

Long-term plans

  • Plan, fundraise and prepare a follow-up event of the Barcelona Round Table for the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2010 in Jeju, Korea, e.g. an interactive environmental security scenario and or simulation exercise drawing on the expertise of Congress participants, which identifies areas for collaboration
  • Support the process of redefining the concept of security and the transformation of armed forces worldwide from a cold war paradigm to one that addresses 21st century global challenges
  • Help articulate the new IUCN Program to take stock of the new emerging paradigm
  • Create and sustain an online community of practice that engages in an ongoing dialogue within and across regions to share experiences in environment and security