Special thanks

This book would not have been possible without the support of a number of key people whom we would like to give special thanks to: Rob West, Claire Lamont, Jonathan Sinclair Wilson and Sarah Thorowgood at Earthscan; Emily Benson, Ida Bergstrem, Lianna Hulbert, Sonia Misquitta and Stephen Mooney, from Stakeholder Forum; Panagiota Stylianou and Maria Gerolymatou at the European Commission; Luc Bas from the Climate Group; Eva Lee, James Rydge and Su-Lin Garbett-Shiels from Professor Stern's office; Robin Horwitz from the United Nations Foundation; Ailis Rego at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity; Karsten Sachs from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Lisa Pace at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Erik Haites from Margaree Consultants; Heleen de Coninck and Xander van Tilburg at ECN; Eric Massey and Laurens Bouwer at IVM. We would like to thank UNEP for their support for this book and in particular thanks to John Scanlon and Anne-France White. Finally we would like to thank John Charles the designer of the cover of the book and its companion book, Human and Environmental Security.

This book is dedicated to the memory of Joke Waller Hunter (15 November 1946 - 14 October 2005). Joke was a champion for sustainable development. She was the first Director for the Division on Sustainable Development that services the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, a position in which she served from 1994 until 1998. From 1998 to 2002 she was director of the OECD Environment Directorate. She then joined the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as Executive Secretary. Joke brought people together and through the first years of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development played a critical role in enhancing stakeholder engagement in the UN system. She is missed by many of us.

The book was inspired by listening to Maurice Strong articulate in Tokyo in 2001 the new challenges that will face us in the future in the area of Environmental Security.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. (Albert Einstein)

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