Policy Analysis

IISD Commentary - Environmental Insecurity

By Jason Switzer on May 7, 2002
In spite of the nearly US$30 billion the international community invested in humanitarian assistance during the 1990s, over 1,500 people died each day as a result of civil wars and natural disasters. What if investment in environmental conservation were a more cost-effective alternative for confl ict and disaster management and prevention than peace-keeping and disaster relief? IISD's Jason Switzer explores the links between environment and security.