This report is part of a joint Australia-France project announced during President Macron’s visit to Australia in 2018, under which Australian and French teams have worked to map environmental security risks in the Indian and Southern Oceans. This study establishes an environmental security ‘risk map’ for the region and also includes discussions of potential interactions between environmental risks and broader geopolitical challenges. French researchers are due to release a similar study of environmental security risks in the western Indian Ocean in 2020.

The report provides a foundation to inform policy decisions on the allocation of national resources and to help identify opportunities for future cooperation between Australia, France and others.

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