Many donors who fund ENVSEC, a consortium of UNEP, UNDP, UNECE, OSCE and REC see the environment as a platform for the preservation of peace and strengthening of international security in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter. The promotion of international cooperation and the consolidation of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms are other dimensions to which ENVSEC contributes.

ENVSEC systematically includes environment and security considerations into the formulation, design implementation and evaluations of the programmes and projects funded by its donors. In this way it seeks to strengthen the focus of the Initiative, increases the impact and sustainability of the interventions, and ensures that donors’ resources are used effectively, efficiently and transparently.

In its work ENVSEC prioritizes four areas:

  • Natural resources and security management

  • Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction

  • Population pressure on environmental security and climate change adaptation

  • Information on environment and security and participation in risk management


Graphic 1: Snapshot for 2014
Source: ENVSEC Secretariat, Geneva, UNEP Regional Office


ENVSEC Major Donors since 2003





Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A programmatic approach to environment and security under a Trust Fund to be reflected in the ENVSEC regional programme of work and their priorities


Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)


Austrian Development Agency (ADA)


Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Shared water management in Eastern Europe and conflict prevention in cross border rural areas in Central Asia


Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


KfW Bankengruppe

Management of radioactive substances and conflict prevention in cross border rural areas in Central Asia


Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

ENVSEC Secretariat  at UNEP Geneva and communication


Canadian International Development Agency

Projects such as the field assessment of environment and security hotspots in the Ferghana-Osh-Khudjand triangle and adjacent areas; natural disaster preparedness and risk reduction for communities in high risk districts in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (2006); sustainable management of shared resources in the upper Pripyat basin (2008); assessment and capacity-building for managing environment and security risks in Donbas and Soligorsk regions (2006); assessment of environment and security risks and opportunities in Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova; South Caucasus regional cooperation for the implementation of the Aarhus Convention (2008); improving regional cooperation for transboundary management of shared natural resources in SEE (2006).


Italian Government

Rapid Environmental and Health Risk Assessment in Fergana Valley (Ferghana - 2006)

Czech Republic

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic

Projects focused on identifying mining hotspots and addressing their consequences in South Eastern Europe as well as managing hazardous substances in Eastern Europe


Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Kingdom of Belgium

Illegal logging in South Eastern Europe


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