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Key Message

A better understanding of the links between environmental change and human security is vital for effective conflict prevention, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction.

What's New

From Crisis to Sustainable Development: Addressing climate variability and change in conflict-affected fragile states (PDF - 596 KB)

In a new two-year applied research project, IISD is developing and testing a new toolkit on Harmonizing Action on Climate and Peacebuilding (HACP). The HACP Toolkit will support governments, civil society and international development partners in fragile and conflict-affected states in implementing both conflict-sensitive climate change interventions and climate-resilient peacebuilding activities as part of an overall strategy to move from crisis to sustainable development.

Team


Henry David Venema· Henry David Venema
Vice-President, Business Development
Anne Hammill· Anne Hammill
Program Leader, Adaptation and Risk Reduction
Mark Halle· Mark Halle
Vice-President, International
Richard Matthew· Richard Matthew
Senior Fellow
Alec Crawford· Alec Crawford
Associate
Alicia Natalia Zamudio· Alicia Natalia Zamudio
Project Officer

Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Addressing the links among environmental change, natural resources and security

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Ask an ecologist and a security analyst to name those countries of gravest concern, and although their points of departure differ, their lists would look remarkably similar: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia, among others.

The connections between environmental issues and conflict are many and complex. Environmental factors themselves are rarely, if ever, the sole cause of violence. But natural resources and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflict in a variety of ways often obscured by more visible issues, such as ethnic tension and power politics.

There is a crucial need to understand the links among environmental change, natural resources and security and to transmit them to policy-makers and practitioners. This is the focus of IISD’s Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding program.

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