Environmental Security

Preserving the Planet

Environmental Security

The Environmental Security program explores the suite of environmental threats, both human and natural, that have the potential to undermine national, regional, or global security. The increasingly complex and transnational drivers of environmental challenges compromise ecological, economic, and food security – and ultimately can foster destabilization and geopolitical tension. Through its engagement with unconventional stakeholders, the Environmental Security program works to identify the roots of these threats to peace and stability and put forward innovative solutions.

Over a billion people rely on the ocean for food, yet 90 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited or over-exploited and depleted. Distant water fishing fleets scour the ocean and contribute to the poor management and exhaust fisheries resources. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing generates estimated annual profits of up to $36 billion. And as fisheries dwindle around the world, out of work fishermen often turn to crime, exploited by traffickers to run drugs, arms and other black-market products. At the same time, life below the water is drastically being altered from climate change – coral reefs are dying, fisheries are shifting their range, and important habitats can no longer support the life they once did. On land, the effects of climate change are causing drought and resource insecurity, leading to increased migration to urban centers, a majority of which exist on the coasts. Food and economic insecurity, increasing migration, rising sea levels and changing marine ecosystems place increasing strain on communities least able to respond. The problems facing our environment threaten the economic and food security of communities and place a disproportionate burden on the national security of coastal nations.

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Research and Analysis

March 14, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

March 8, 2017 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

In September 2013, a Stimson Center team visited Tsavo West National Park, home to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, a 100-square-kilometer reserve which, at the time, held around 60 of Kenya’s 650 black rhinos.

March 8, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

March 1, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 28, 2017 | EXPERT: Emma Myers

The unlikely story of a conservation organization and a re-packaged technology solution to root out illegal fishing.

February 22, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 15, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 8, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 6, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

February 2, 2017

In this third episode of the Natural Security Podcast, the Stimson Center’s Johan Bergenas sits down with Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White.

January 31, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

January 25, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

January 18, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

January 13, 2017 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Emma Myers , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

By Johan Bergenas, Emma Myers, and Amanda Shaver We are very proud to formally launch the Natural Security Forum.
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