Conflict and Peacebuilding
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 resource management and other environmental factors are linked to violent conflicts in a variety of ways often obscured by more visible issues, such as ethnic tension and power politics.
Our experts focus on what can be done about these connections. Namely, they provide a better understanding of how policy-makers and practitioners, working in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, can ensure their work is sustainable and supports the transition from fragility to peace.
Natural resource management is often a source of conflict.
Managing Climate Risks in Fragile States
This research aims to provide guidance on how to simultaneously achieve peacebuilding and climate-resilience objectives in practice.
Conservation and Migration in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Migration has been used for centuries as a means of adapting to and coping with change in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Migration and Conservation: A toolkit for conservation and development practitioners
This toolkit helps conservation practitioners assess the impacts of human migration on critical ecosystems.
Growing Unrest: The links between farmed and fished resources and the risk of conflict
This paper examines the links between the risk of conflict and the production and trade of agricultural and marine commodities. It does so using a series of case studies: cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire, bananas and subsequently fisheries in Somalia, and cotton in Central Asia. Much like the traditional…
Migration and Climate Change
This short book analyzes the prospect of large-scale forced migration as a result of climate change and attempts to estimate the developmental impact of potentially millions of people displaced by coastal flooding, extreme weather events and agricultural disruption. In 1990, the…
Trade, Aid and Security: An agenda for peace and development
Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur. All resonate loudly on the international stage, exposing and illustrating the intractable links among global security, war and conflict, the control over natural resources—be they oil, water, timber or "conflict diamonds"—and the deployment of aid money and the…
Clean Power With a Clean Conscience
Lowering our carbon footprint cannot come at the expense of people in the world’s most vulnerable places.
The Environmental Consequences of COVID-19 in Fragile States
The COVID-19 pandemic could have severe impacts on the environment in fragile states, compounding the challenges faced by their governments and their populations. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Climate-Conflict Connection: Why aren’t we acting on it?
The two agendas of climate change adaptation and peacebuilding are rarely coordinated—it's time for this to change.
The NAP Process and Peacebuilding
This briefing note explores the importance and difficulties of bringing adaptation planning and peacebuilding agendas together in contexts of fragility and instability. It will also highlight some of the countries that have already begun to integrate conflict considerations into their adaptation planning processes.
Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest
Will the 193 United Nations member states who pledged to “leave no one behind” live up to their promise?
The Power of Together: IISD Annual Report 2018-2019
Our 2018-2019 annual report The Power of Together showcases some of the ways we made an impact by bringing together unlikely suspects, sharing knowledge and experience between countries, and encouraging new ideas and unique approaches.
Managing the Trade-Offs of Transformation Through Foreign Policy
This climate diplomacy essay aims to inspire actors around the world to work together to initiate, manage and monitor the necessary changes needed for a sustainable world.
Is Vanadium the “Valyrian Steel” of the Energy Transition?
In Game of Thrones, a sword forged out of Valyrian steel is recognized for its unparalleled strength and light weight. It is this advantage that denotes it as one of Westeros’s most sought-after materials. In the real world, its equivalent just might be vanadium.
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