STOCKHOLM - SIPRI has released a report that discusses ways to incentivize development actors to consider the links between environment and security.

Despite growing interest among development actors to integrate links between the environment, climate, peace and security into their policies and activities, practical approaches to addressing environment-related security risks are lagging behind awareness at policy level.

This policy brief provides insights into how donors can incentivize implementing organizations to further develop and apply these practical approaches. It recommends support that: (a) facilitates engagement between implementing organizations and local communities, and prioritizes local knowledge and solutions; (b) builds new partnerships between implementing organizations from both the environment or climate side and the security or peacebuilding side; (c) enables the sharing of good practices and lessons learned on how to address environment-related security risks at various levels; (d) promotes the inclusion and prioritization of environment–security links in country-level policies; and (e) is more flexible in implementation, as well as engages in long-term commitments and funding.

About the authors

Dr Karen Meijer (Netherlands) is a Senior Researcher in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.

Katongo Seyuba (Zambia) is a Research Assistant in SIPRI’s Climate Change and Risk Programme.

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