Environment & Development Resource Centre

For 30 Years

Promoting global sustainable development that is
environmentally sound, socially just and respectful of cultural diversity.

Recent News


EDRC assists in the organisation of a special GMACCC event on climate and security in the EU pavilion at COP25 in Madrid on 11 December

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The 12th meeting of the BDCD was co- organised with EUROMIL as a conference on The Climate-Security Nexus: Implications for the Military – Installations, Operations and Personnel in Brussels on 24 October 2019

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The 11th Meeting of the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy was organized as a seminar with the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs – 23 October 2019

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Insights


20 Nov 2019: Lynn Fries of openDemocracy - an independent global media platform - speaks with Harris Gleckman about the growing corporate influence over our global governance system – and what can be done to stop it.

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Alexander Verbeek calls on American students to work with Europeans to fight climate change in the session on “Saving the Planet: All Countries on Deck”.

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Mission


The Stichting Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) was established in Amsterdam in 1991 as a non-profit foundation.

Its aim is to contribute to the achievement of global sustainable development that is environmentally sound, socially just and respectful of cultural diversity.

EDRC also serves as a catalyst for new initiatives to redress shortcomings in the international environment-development policy-making process. The Centre acts as an independent 'honest-broker', carrying out and commissioning innovative studies, promoting co-operation between the environment and development movements, between researchers and activists, and between NGOs and decision makers.

Our sister organisation, the International Association EDRC, was established in Brussels in 1988 and operated until 1998. The association's membership consisted of individuals working primarily on international policy issues that have significant implications both for environment and for development. It was their shared conviction that neither area of concern can be effectively addressed in isolation from the other, and that, together, they should be at the centre of political debate on international economic, financial and trade relations - especially South-North and East-West relations.



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Mission Mission

Current Activities


Integrating Development, Environment and Security - The IDEAS action programme

In 2019 EDRC launched its new 3 - year action programme: Integrating Development, Environment and Security (IDEAS).

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Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy

The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy (BDCD) is an informal network for the exchange of information and promotion of cooperation among European institutions, international organisations, think-tanks and NGOs active in the nexus between climate change and international, national, human and environmental security.

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Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges

Through new ways of learning from each other, of pooling our knowledge and creating new innovative dialogues between environmental experts and policy makers we can increase the effectiveness of our separate - and also common - efforts.

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Climate Change and International Security

Since its founding EDRC’s work has included a focus on climate change including since 2009 serving as the international secretariat for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC).

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Previous Activities


Planetary Security Initiative

Planetary Security Initiative

Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges

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Institute for Environmental Security

Institute for Environmental Security

Promoting political attention to environmental security as a means to help safeguard essential conditions for peace and sustainable development

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COBRA Project

COBRA Project

Showcasing indigenous solutions for the management of natural resources that could in turn inspire development policies and projects

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EFFACE Project

EFFACE Project

European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime

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IRIS Programme

IRIS Programme

International Research and Information Service for Sustainable Development

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ERICA Programme

ERICA Programme

Europe's Role in International Community Action on Environmental Aspects of North-South Economic Relations

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ORCHIS Programme

ORCHIS Programme

Promoting an Integrated Approach in Relations between the EU and the Amazon Pact Countries

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ACACIA Programme

ACACIA Programme

Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

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OUR TEAM


Ronald A. Kingham

Executive Director

Ron is co-founder and Executive Director of the EDRC where he also co-coordinates the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy.

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Alexander Verbeek

Policy Director

Alexander leads EDRC's policy work and co-coordinates the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy.

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Jeannette E. Mullaart

Research Coordinator

Jeannette is EDRC’s Research Coordinator currently focused on our work on climate justice.

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Auset Mitchell

Programme Assistant

Auset, from the U.S., assists in EDRC’s educational, research and programme activities on climate change and security.

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Maria Dzurik

Communication Assistant

Maria, from the U.S. and based in Sweden, assists with EDRC's communications and outreach work.

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Nicolò Fasola

Programme Assistant

Nicolò, from Italy, assists with research and educational activities in our work for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change.

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Nishat Kazmi

Research Associate

Nishat is based in Pakistan where he assists in GMACCC's programme, research and educational work on climate change and security

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Olivia Lazard

Research Associate

Olivia, from France, advises EDRC in its work on environmental security issues

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Jack Saynor

Education Associate

Jack is an associate of EDRC contributing to forward planning for the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change

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Philippe Rekacewicz

Information Associate

Philippe is a geographer, cartographer and information designer based in southern Norway

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Harris Gleckman

Senior Advisor

Harris is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston. He advises EDRC on global governance and democracy issues

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Valerie Ndaruzaniye

Senior Advisor

Valerie is an expert in multidisciplinary approaches to environment, development and peace issues

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Nasser Yassin

Senior Advisor

Nasser is the Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and professor of policy and planning at the Health Management and Policy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

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Patrice Yamba

Senior Advisor

Patrice has over 30 years’ experience in Remote Sensing & GIS Applications and in management and coordination of multidisciplinary projects

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Recent Publications


This paper outlines the environmental dimension of the European security policy and security-related foreign policy and discusses how the integration of environmental concerns into this policy framework could – and should – be improved to support the delivery of the 2030 Sustainability Agenda, both in the EU and globally.

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This inventory produced for the Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy highlights over 100 publications, articles, initiatives and events from 2017. It includes everything you need to know about action on Climate Change and International Security in this landmark year.

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