In such an approach policies strive to optimize measures in the food, energy or water sectors while avoiding their adverse effects. The regional landscape presents opportunities for enhancing cooperation on the WEF security nexus. We recommend options that take account of: i) the existing institutional and governance landscape and differences of interest in that landscape that hinder cooperation; ii) the resulting policy on the regional level; iii) the wide variability in economic prosperity versus scarcity of resources and iv) the increased level of awareness among policy makers regarding the importance of WEF security.
New initiatives are needed to drive this process. These include confidence building measures, working towards a shared and improved knowledge base, technology transfer and innovation, mobilizing finance, information sharing, capacity and institutional building, encouraging private sector participation and a paradigm shift in donor funding and support.
Plantary Security Initiative website
- Planetary Security Initiative
- American University of Beirut
- Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)