Security as an element in environmental assessment and decision making

Hutchinson, William and Warren, Matthew 2009, Security as an element in environmental assessment and decision making, in ANZSEE 2009 : Green milage in the global meltdown: an ecological economics way forward. Proceedings of the conference of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, Palmerston North, N.Z., pp. 1-11.

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Title Security as an element in environmental assessment and decision making
Author(s) Hutchinson, William
Warren, Matthew
Conference name Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics. Conference (2009 : Darwin, N.T.)
Conference location Darwin, Northern Terroritory
Conference dates 27 - 30 October, 2009
Title of proceedings ANZSEE 2009 : Green milage in the global meltdown: an ecological economics way forward. Proceedings of the conference of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics
Place of publication Palmerston North, N.Z.
Summary he prominence of global warming as an environmental issue has illustrated the close relationship between natural resources, ecosystems and global security. Whilst environmental decision making often uses techniques such as economic valuation and risk management, the security component is often not considered, at least not from a security analyst’s perspective. Yet environmental security considerations can be global, regional and/or national in impact. Environmental change and policy can effect human health and well being as well as initiating conflict; it can affect the existence of life itself. These aspects are firmly in the domain of the security discipline although the protection of the global ecosystem has not traditionally been considered by those who create security policy. The idea of environmental/ecological security ranges from the eco-centric approach which examines the impact of human activities that impact on the security of the natural systems to the more traditional anthropocentric perspectives that look at varied issues such as conflict caused by natural resource competition and environmental degradation, and the greening of military operations. This paper will assert that the inclusion of the security factor in policy creation and environmental assessments is essential to give richer solutions to these complex socio-economic and ecological situations. Systems theory over the last few decades has emphasised the inclusion of as many perspectives on messy problems as possible to provide truly systemic outcomes. It is posited that the addition of such concepts as threat analyses will produce more effective and sustainable outcomes.
ISBN 9780473160890
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective 890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, ANZSEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024742

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