The Environmental Security program explores the intersections of resource management and enforcement with regional and international security. The increasingly complex and transnational drivers of environmental theft and degradation – from booming populations that create unsustainable demand to transnational organized crime – fuel geopolitical tensions, finance conflict, and compromise economic development. Through its engagement with unconventional stakeholders, Stimson works to identify the roots of these threats to peace and stability and put forward innovative and networked solutions.
The Environmental Security program focuses on the following topics: the availability of and access to resources; the convergence of resource theft with transnational organized crime and terrorism; the creation and enforcement of marine protected areas (MPAs) and sustainable fisheries; and environmental protection in transboundary waterways and on the high seas.
The Environmental Security program aims to produce research and analysis and build partnerships that promote the sustainable management and enforcement of natural resources. Traditionally the purview of the conservation community, environmental issues are increasingly at the core of security priorities and are garnering the attention of military stakeholders. Growing populations, shifting consumption, and unsustainable demand for natural resources mean that environmental theft and degradation are directly impacting global peace and security. Drawing upon field and open-source research and cross-sector dialogues, Stimson works with local, regional, and international policymakers to formulate cooperative approaches to environmental protection.