In recent years, the security impacts of environmental change have increasingly been noted in policy discussion. In particular, the threat that climate change poses to the society, or its role in conflicts and their prevention, has featured in the speeches of politicians and military officers alike. Yet this acknowledgement has not widely been channelled into concrete actions to address environmental threats through foreign and security policy. In addition, the variety of geopolitical implications of environmental change and the measures to mitigate it have yet to befully understood.
This seminar, which marks the end of a series of workshops held at FIIA, explores the role of environmental security as a part of foreign and security policy. How could the diverse impacts of environmental change be taken into account in policy-making, and is there a need for a comprehensive approach? What should be the main points of focus for a European country like Finland? Has research succeeded at adequately supporting decision-making with relevant knowledge?
The seminar is co-organised by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), BIOS Research
Unit, University of Helsinki and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).