First volume of the new Climate Diplomacy book series released

The anthology "Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa" presents solutions for climate adaptation that specifically consider the conflict potential arising from climate change impacts. It is the first volume in a number of publications of newly established Climate Diplomacy Series


Climate change affects and will continue to affect livelihood resources and options in Africa, especially among the poor, through changes in temperatures, rainfall, sea levels and ocean acidification. The new Climate Diplomacy book series covers the various challenges climate change poses to security and foreign policy. In this first volume, adelphi brings together the voices of academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the globe and Africa. Key questions that frame the contributions are: how does climate change and/or climate adaptation projects cause or contribute to conflicts, and how can adaptation measures be conflict-sensitive?

Valuable insights into conflict-sensitive adaptation strategies and their multidisciplinary nature

Extensive research provides insight into climate change effects and mitigation and adaptation strategies – often in conflict prone or post-conflict states. Further, drawing on African experiences, the book illustrates the highly multidisciplinary nature of the policy and practice of conflict-sensitive adaptation – for example by underlining the need for adaptation to include development, environment and peacebuilding considerations. As a result, this book provides compelling analyses and recommendations for the development of conflict-sensitive adaptation tools and policies.

In order to make this publication possible, adelphi has been cooperating with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). The preparatory work and the expert seminar that resulted in this volume were further supported through contributions by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The financial support for this book was granted by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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