From Environmental Security to Conservation and Peace


This episode's content was provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of more than 1,400 government and civil society organisations and more than 18,000 experts contributing through the six IUCN Commissions. It implements conservation projects that combine the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities in order to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being. The broad membership and wealth of expertise make the IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. For more information about the IUCN and its flagship report on Conflict and Conservation, have a look at their website on and for the report.

Host: Hesta Groenewald, Associate Consultant, PeaceNexus Foundation. Hesta has 20 years’ experience in conflict, peacebuilding and gender work. She has particular expertise on implementing conflict-sensitive approaches and on incorporating gender into conflict analysis and peacebuilding. She previously worked for the international peacebuilding NGO, Saferworld, in a variety of roles, including Conflict Adviser, Regional Head of Programmes and as global Head of Research and Programme Support. Currently, she is an independent consultant and Associate Consultant with the PeaceNexus Foundation, with a particular focus on conflict sensitivity, conservation and environment.

Guest: Sherri Goodman is Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute, Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate & Security and Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate & Security. A former first U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) and staff member on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security and public policy. She is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic.

The graphics for this podcast were provided by Camden Edmond and Skyler Beatty - Ancient River Design

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