A Lot of Talk, But Little Action: The Blind Spots of Nordic Environmental Security Policy

Emma Hakala, Ville Lähde, Antti Majava, Tero Toivanen, Tere Váden, Paavo Järvensivu, Jussi T. Eronen

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Abstract

Despite an increasing recognition that environmental change may have implications for security, there only are few policies to address the issue. This article will look at environmental security policies in Finland and Sweden and propose ways to develop more effective measures. It relies on a three-level framework that aims to enable the identification of environmental security impacts by categorising them into local, geopolitical and structural ones. The article will examine present environmental security strategies and policies in Finland and Sweden, consider their efficacy for addressing various kinds of impacts and point out approaches that are currently missing. Based on the discussion, it argues that a comprehensive policy approach is needed to tackle environmental security impacts. This requires closer coordination and interchange between sectors as well as strategic intent. In addition, further research is needed on the structural impacts of mitigating and adapting to environmental change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2379
JournalSustainability
Volume11
Issue number8
Number of pages14
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 517 Political science
  • environmental security
  • environmental policy
  • societal transformation
  • resilience
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE

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A Lot of Talk, But Little Action : The Blind Spots of Nordic Environmental Security Policy. / Hakala, Emma; Lähde, Ville ; Majava, Antti; Toivanen, Tero; Váden, Tere; Järvensivu, Paavo; Eronen, Jussi T.

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