Today we are facing important global challenges, in terms of climate change, political transitions, population increase, energy access, health issues that pose Security at the center of a common reflection.

In the last 10 years, VIU has developed research and capacity-building projects focused on studying and disseminating knowledge about strategies and the dynamics of environmental security in terms of human health protection, food safety and security, transboundary issues, energy security and climate change.

Researchers with different backgrounds (e.g. economics, environmental sciences, law) are involved in those projects, thus contributing to highlight the multiple factors involved.


The following is a selection of on-going and implemented projects, to show the different areas of research and activity applied to Environmental Security:


EU-China Lever for IPM Demonstration (EUCLID)

EUCLID is a four-year Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. The objective is to secure food production for the increasing worldwide population while developing sustainable production methodologies to fight pests with an Integrated Pest Management approach (IPM), to be used in the European and Chinese agriculture. EUCLID research activity aims at developing more sustainable pest management methods in Europe and China in order to reduce the negative effects of pesticides on human health and the environment, to reduce economic losses in agriculture, and to provide scientific support to EU and China policies. Years: 2015-2019


Climate Change Adaptation in the South-Eastern Europe (SEE) Region

The research project inlcudes a collection of available information addressing the impacts of climate change on the SEE region as well as the assessment of climate change impacts in the SEE mountain regions. It takes into consideration all the aspects and the different sectors in a trans-boundary perspective (integrated, multi-sectoral methodology stemming from the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions) and points out vulnerabilities and potential priority actions for adaptation. A Scientific symposium presents possible threats to human security due to vulnerability of mountain regions to climate change, in exchange with other regions harboring alpine ecosystems. UNEP. Year: 2013