Environmental Security and Environmental Management: The Role of Risk Assessment

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workhop on The Role of Risk Assessment in Environmental Security and Emergency Preparedness in the Mediterranean Region, held in Eilat, Israel, April 15-18, 2004

by Benoit Morel,

The concept of “environmental security” has emerged as one basis for understanding international conflicts. This phrase can mean a variety of things. It can signify security issues stemming from environmental concerns or conflicting needs, or it can mean that the environment is treated as a resource for the long term, and the question is what should be done today to preserve the quality of the environment in the future. In the same way that energy security is about ensuring access to energy for the long run, it can also mean that pressing environmental concerns create a situation where different countries and communities are forced to collaboratively design a unified response, even if cooperation is not generally in the logic of their relations. Over the last several years, the authors of this book and their colleagues have tried to demonstrate the power of risk assessment and decision analysis as valuable tools that decision makers should use for a broad range of environmental problems, including environmental security. Risk analysis is almost more a state of mind or a way of looking at problems than it is a kind of algorithm or a set of recipes. It projects a kind of rationality on problems and forces a certain degree of quantitative rigor, as opposed to the all too common tendency of making environmental recommendations based on anecdotal evidence.
  • Springer Netherlands; May 2007
  • ISBN 9781402038938
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  • Title: Environmental Security and Environmental Management: The Role of Risk Assessment
  • Author: Benoit Morel (ed.); Igor Linkov (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

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"This book is the third of a series of proceedings of NATO Advanced Research Workshops … . they are stimulating and they do lead to the generation of new ideas through interactions of scientists who would not meet through their usual round of meetings. This proceedings volume reflects that dynamic. … The 2 authors optimistically anticipate … increased trans-boundary cooperation in general which would promote peace and economic development. I am inspired by their vision of bringing enlightenment values and approaches … ." (Glenn Suter, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Vol. 4 (2), 2008)