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Climate Change and Conflict: Lessons from community conservancies in northern Kenya

This report is based on the findings of research carried out in two community wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya earlier this year. 
By Alec Crawford, Ivan Campbell, Sarah Dalrymple, Rob Craig on November 26, 2009

This report is based on the findings of research carried out in two community wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya earlier this year.

It illustrates how climate change is affecting the distribution and prevalence of natural resources in Kenya, but makes it clear that this is not the only factor contributing to resource scarcity. It emphasizes that competition for natural resources is a key driver of conflict, but also that it interacts with a range of other factors and that violence is not inevitable. The research found that local governance mechanisms, especially natural resource management mechanisms, provided by community conservancies in the region, are crucial in determining whether competition over scarce resources will turn into violent conflict.

Report details

Topic
Conflict and Peacebuilding
Biodiversity
Region
Kenya
Project
Conflict-Sensitive Conservation
Focus area
Climate
Resources
Publisher
CDC, IISD, Saferworld
Copyright
CDC, IISD, Saferworld, 2009