Assessing Environmental Security: Achieving Sustainable Development and Peace
The immediate aims of the workshop were to raise awareness of the critical role environmental security plays in local, national, and regional stability; identify environmental risks to security and stability in eastern Africa; review the Environmental Security Assessment Framework developed by FESS and develop ways for conducting an assessment in eastern Africa; and discuss policy options to mitigate potentially destabilizing environmental conditions before they reach a crisis.
Participants agreed that it’s necessary to promote the understanding and application of environmental security assessments and that these be tailored to current conditions in a country. They urged pilots of the Environmental Security Assessment Framework (ESAF) in East Africa and Uganda in particular.
They agreed that these assessments should be integrated into regional policymaking and to build partnerships for carrying them out. Participants outlined further ways to increase the relevance and use of ESAF in decision-making at all levels and to launch a pilot in Uganda in early 2005.