Environmental Security and Governance Projects

Tree health projects

Members of the ESG theme are untaking numerous projects related to tree health.

Framework 7 PRATIQUE project

This European Union project addresses the growing risk of plant pests, diseases and invasive species. Pratique focuses on improving Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) through improved data, approaches to risk assessment, and practical management options.


Funded by the UNICEF, UNDP, WHO and the World Bank, TDR supports research into neglected diseases in the counties where they are prevalent. The project aims to promote research into product development, evaluation, and increasing access to interventions.

Memory and Prediction for Tree Disease Management

This project is exploring the extent to which historical experience of a major tree disease pandemic, Dutch Elm Disease, the cause of a widespread death of trees and landscape change in the UK during the 1970s, can offer a point of comparison for dealing with the more recent threat of ‘sudden oak death' in the UK.

NNSS (Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat)

ESG contributes to the development of the Non-native Species Risk Analysis Scheme and the GB Non-native Species Strategy. This is a Scottish Government/DEFRA/Welsh Assembly project.


FAO project on Assessing External Costs of Locust Control in Senegal.

Home-Grown Cereals Authority/Defra

LINK project Defining and Managing Risks to Safety and Quality During Food and Feed Grain Storage

9th EDF project

Community-based Forecasting of Armyworms in Southern Africa

EC Framework 6 PRONE project

Precautionary Risk Methodology in Fisheries.

US Department of Agriculture

Recent USDA project International Standards and Broad (Regional/Global) Pest Risk Analysis in Assuring Safe and Streamlined Trade


International Atomic Energy Agency project developing a model business plan for a Sterile Insect Production Facility. The sterile insect technique (SIT) has been used for the control of unwanted insect pest populations.

EC MariFish DEFINEIT Project

A European project addressing socio-economic indicators for fisheries management.

EC Framework 7 ECOKNOWS Project

A European project addressing ecosystem management principels in fisheries, including cross-species learning in management.

World Trade Organisation SDTF

An initial study to develop a plan for systems approaches in commodity plant quarantine in SE Asia for export to Australia and Europe.

South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) international symposium on Water Resource Management

Event   South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) international symposium on Water Resource Management
Location  Kathmandu, Nepal
Date  21st and 22nd November 2017
South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) international symposium on Water Resource Management

Children in a wooden boat on waterThe Water Initiative South Asia (WISA) is a three-phase project to promote science and innovation and partnership between South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and the UK. With growing global concerns about climate change, water scarcity, water conflict, the water-energy-food nexus and the impact all these have on the socio-economic future of regions (in particular South Asia); this comes at a time when international collaboration in the field of water management research and policy making is more important than ever. The WISA programme is led by Imperial College London and will be launched at policy dialogue event in November 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event will map out the series of activities and projects that will take place in the region in 2018-2020 in partnership with UK universities and research institutes to address key issues regarding water in the region.

The overall objectives of the project are to share knowledge with and build capacity among South Asian researchers and policy makers, promote research in the area of water and water resource management, help bridge the gap between water management science and policy, and to develop an international network of professionals. The project consists of three phases (2017-2020).

Phase One - Bridging the gap between water science and policy in the South Asia region, Turkey and Iraq November 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

An international symposium on Water Resource Management, bringing together 60 policy-makers, researchers and beneficiaries from different countries in the region to focus on the following themes:

  1. Health and sanitation
  2. Governance and allocation
  3. Best practices and innovation
  4. Water diplomacy and co-operation
  5. Water Food Energy Nexus

Phase I outcomes:

  • Identify the major water resource management challenges in countries in South Asia (Iran, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh), and Iraq and Turkey opportunities for international collaboration over solving water problems.
  • Highlight potential contributions of UK researchers and affiliated international entities 
  • Identify countries’ areas of competence in water management with transferability to developing and developed countries.
  • Identify needs and demands for capacity development/training of trainers at regional scale.
  • Discuss objectives and outcomes of follow up events for Phase Two and Phase Three
  • The plan for the phase two and three will be proposed based on the results of policy dialogue by January 2018

Phase Two - Capacity building to tackle water challenges, 2018

Phase Three – Water is the essence of life: motivating people towards sustainability, 2019

For more information on how to be involved please contact Dr Jimmy O’Keeffe at: jimmy.okeeffe@imperial.ac.uk