The Institute for Environmental Security (IES) is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation established in 2002 in The Hague, with representatives in Brussels, London, Vienna, Beirut, California, New York, Toronto and Washington DC. This knowledge and action network was set up to increase political attention to environmental security as a means to help prevent conflict, instability and unrest. Activities are designed to provide policy-makers with a methodology to tackle environmental security risks in time. The Institute's mission is to advance global environmental security by promoting the maintenance of the regenerative capacity of life-supporting eco-systems. Its multidisciplinary approach integrates the fields of science, diplomacy, law, finance and education. IES has considerable experience in creating innovative policy dialogues involving scientists, legal experts and policy-makers.