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Key Message

Human security is both a pre-condition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development and the conservation of the world's resources.

Environmental degradation, poorly designed trade and aid policies, and reckless exploitation of our natural resources imperil human security.

Environment and Human Security


The pace of environmental change and a growing demand for natural resources are generating new challenges to human security. IISD's research identifies the emerging issues of concern for communities and countries facing these challenges, so that they can address the root causes of insecurity through more effective natural resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental restoration and so on.

Since 1998, IISD's Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding program has worked to explore emerging issues and to transmit practical recommendations to policy-makers on how to strengthen human security through better environmental management and more effective natural resource governance.

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