Richard Matthew, UC Irvine associate professor of planning, policy and design, addressed international policymakers at the World Conservation Congress Oct. 7 in Barcelona, Spain. Matthew and other researchers presented evidence that managing the environment and natural resources is key to improving security and building sustainable peace. Matthew was part of a panel of researchers sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the UN Environment Programme. His presentations were based on research conducted by UCI’s Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.