Climate Change & Conflict
Rising global temperatures are having devastating effects, particularly in fragile & conflict-affected regions. A Stanford study estimated that climate influenced between 3% & 20% of armed conflict risk in the past century & anticipates that this influence will increase dramatically in years to come. Conflict-affected settings are both exceptionally vulnerable to climate change & less well-positioned to build climate resilience. At the same time, climate change & environmental degradation present an opportunity to bring people together across dividing lines. This Thematic Action Area offers resources, discussions & more for you to strengthen & coordinate an effective climate response in conflict contexts.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperature & weather patterns” United Nations. Climate change has mainly been driven by human activities in recent centuries & consequences include intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms & declining biodiversity.
70% of the countries most affected by climate change are also among the most fragile (UNPBF). “Countries mired in conflict are disproportionately impacted by climate variability & extremes, due to the limited adaptive capacity of people, systems & institutions already coping with the consequences of conflicts” (ICRC). Accordingly, climate change impacts can compound structural vulnerabilities & become a threat & risk multiplier (adelphi).
To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to climate change & conflict, please explore & contribute to our Discussions.
For a collection of resources on climate change and conflict, please visit our Resource Library.
For a list of organizations & groups working in climate & conflict, please see our Collaboration Map.
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Implementation of the Voluntary Principles in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Rapid Response to Support the Adoption of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human RightsResource
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Climate Security at COP: What is needed from negotiators & policymakers at COP28 to better support communities & civil society responding to climate security issues?
What innovations or lessons have you identified in your work that you think USAID should be incorporating into our efforts to address the joint challenges of climate change & conflict?
Are you a practitioner in a conflict-affected setting looking to measure the impact of your peacebuilding work? Do you want to incorporate the lived experiences and perspectives of communities into your monitoring and evaluation processes?...