Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Environment and Peace

The Theme on Environment and Peace focuses the integration of natural resource management in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and recovery to build resilience in communities affected by conflict.
Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Theme Chairs
Elaine Hsiao, Chair - Theme on Environment and Peace Galeo Saintz, Chair - Theme on Environment and Peace

Elaine Hsiao

Galeo Saintz

The Theme is constituted on the understanding that building more effective environmental governance and policy can reduce conflict and ensure security from local to global levels. At the same time, reducing conflict and conflict potential as well as strengthening security underpins environmental sustainability.  Areas of focus will be:

Contributing to knowledge and understanding on environmental policies and action that reduces conflict and improves security

Prevention, management and resolution of social conflict as a key requirement for conservation and management of ecosystems

Supporting action that reduces conflict and strengthens security through collaborating with the IUCN secretariat, members and commissions and other partner organizations

Supporting the establishment of inclusive multi-stakeholder platforms, including experts in conflict management and mitigation; bringing together scientific and local knowledge, aimed at addressing social conflicts around conservation, resource use and activities that damage environments and ecosystems

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