Ecological Security Project


Ecological Security Project

The Council on Strategic Risks’ Converging Risks Labs is advancing an “Ecological Security Project” to elevate attention to an underappreciated security threat – the major ecological disruptions, including massive biodiversity loss, that are currently underway.

Our national security is inextricably tethered to the state of the natural world. Ecological degradation and exploitation have the potential to destabilize states, amplify conflict, undermine economic livelihoods and competitiveness, worsen natural disasters, increase the danger of infectious disease outbreaks, and exacerbate tensions over resources such as water, fish, timber, and arable land. Threats to biodiversity and the ecosystem processes that support human life—such as climate regulation, freshwater management, and pollination—are so consequential that they essentially constitute security risks for all nations. As such, international conservation efforts that enhance ecological security should rightly be viewed as essential elements buttressing national and global security writ large. 

See the Ecological Security Project’s reports and other features below.

Report

The Security Threat That Binds Us

By Rod Schoonover, Christine Cavallo and Isabella Caltabiano
February 2021 

Video

The Loss of Nature: A Global Threat

Interview with Dr. Rod Schoonover, The Hill
March 24, 2021