Environmental Change, Natural Disasters and Stability in Central America and the Caribbean

  • October 08, 2010
  • Ms Marcela Ramirez

Threats to state and human security result from, political and military, and gangs but also social, economic and environmental issues. These and an ever widening array of factors, from the proliferation of small arms and drugs trafficking, to transnational threats like water pollution, natural disasters, the spread of diseases and climate change, all contribute to actual and perceived insecurity. Responding to issues of regional security, the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Command Engineer office and the DOS Regional Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean co-sponsored a Roundtable on Environmental Security and Natural Disasters in San Jose, Costa Rica.