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:

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2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding

1 February 2022 – 4 February 2022 | Register Here (Virtual and Free)†

The Environmental Peacebuilding Association® (EnPAx™) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) are delighted to announce that the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding will be held online on February 1-4, 2022, convened in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),  the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the Geneva Water Hub, the Geneva Environment Network, and the PeaceNexus Foundation.

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EnPAx 2nd International Conference

February 1-4, 2022

2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding

Online (Zoom) and Free

Roundtable Event 1

February 3, 2022

13:00-14:30 (Central Europe/Zurich/GMT+1)

Securing Clean Water in Transboundary Indus, Jordan, Mekong and Amazon Basins Through Science and Environmental Diplomacy

Online (Zoom) and Free

Roundtable Event 2

February 4, 2022

13:00-14:30 (Central Europe/Zurich/GMT+1)

Highlands to Oceans (H2O): Anticipatory Governance of Hydroclimatic Regime Shifts in the Transboundary Indus, Mekong, Jordan and Amazon River Basins

Online (Zoom) and Free

Find out more about our activities through the Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network’s website.

Research Themes

Featured Projects

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).

Videos

Road to Geneva: Second Part on Opportunities and Challenges for Science Diplomacy

Events

TWIN Roundtable Event 1

February 3, 2022 (Geneva time)

TWIN Roundtable Event 2

News

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)

Donna Rizzo and Asim Zia’s Presentation for Vermont Soil Health and Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group: Meeting #14: October 5, 2021 12-2 PM, Register: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/pe

Contact Us

Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security
University of Vermont

146 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405, USA

Email: ieds@uvm.edu

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