Ecological resources shared across political boundaries can be a powerful avenue for peace-building.
The power of environmental diplomacy creates a holistic positive feedback effect which can combat political (Track-1) inertia in conflict zones. Our theory of change is that science diplomacy (Track-2) and public diplomacy (Track-3) can leverage change around the dominant discourse within conflict-ridden social ecological systems. We work with stakeholders to leverage artificial intelligence and open source geospatial technologies to bring about environmental security across food, energy, water, climate and public health domains. IEDS operates within a framework of six broad themes that captures its mission and vision:
Transboundary Animal Biosecurity
Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network
Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network (TWIN) is a network of grassroots organizations, academic & scientific institutions, and individuals sharing a vision of clean water for all. Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network (TWIN) is a network of grassroots organizations, academic & scientific institutions, and individuals sharing a vision of clean water for all. Our mission is to strengthen and mobilize existing organizational networks that work locally, nationally and globally towards ‘equitable and reasonable’ sharing water resources across borders.
Basin Resilience to Extreme Events
Vermont EPSCoR was awarded a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1, $20M award on June 1, 2016 for research on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE).
COP 26 UNFCCC Official Side Event: Building Resilience of Communities from Highlands to Oceans in the Face of Climate Crisis
COP 26 Resilience Hub: Building Resilience of Communities from Highlands to Oceans in the Face of Climate Crisis
Road to Geneva: Second Part on Opportunities and Challenges for Science Diplomacy
Road to Geneva: First Part
June 8, 2021
American Geophysical Union Presentation: Anticipatory Ecosystem Management of Regime Shifts in Social Ecological Systems: Navigating Trade-Offs in Public Investments Across Farms, Forests and Cities
American Geophysical Union Presentation:
Accounting for Lags, Inertia and Cross Scale Dynamics in Sustaining Freshwater Lakes
IEDS Research Scholar Richmond Baye and Director, Asim Zia speaking to WCAX about UVM award to study animal biosecurity
Interviewed for WCAX article, Asim Zia discusses water quality monitoring, citizen science with local Abenaki community members and climate change in the transboundary Lake Champlain
IEDS Director Asim Zia has been elected to be the Asia & Pacific Regional Director of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx)
Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security
University of Vermont
146 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405, USA