New study on adaptation to climate change for peace and stability

adelphi analysed the reciprocities of climate change, adaptation, peace and stability in different regions severely affected by climate change. A new study summarizes guidelines for climate-sensitive adaptation to support the political discussions at the EU, UN and OSCE level.

15/11/2013

Climate change will negatively affect human security and development across the world. This may lead to political instability – especially in fragile areas. Adaptation to climate change can serve as a "threat minimizer" when designed in a conflict-sensitive manner.

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) tasked adelphi to analyse the reciprocities of climate change, adaptation, peace and stability in different regions severely affected by climate change and provide guidelines for climate-sensitive adaptation to support the political discussions at the EU, UN and OSCE level. The project results are now summarized in the study "Adaptation to climate change for peace and stability", which has now been published in Berlin.

The project "Strengthening of approaches and instruments as well as promotion of processes to reduce the security risks posed by climate change in the context of climate change adaptation" followed the main goal to integrate the security issues and implications of climate change into national and international adaptation processes. The project was conducted by adelphi research on behalf of the FEA and financed by federal funds.

"Memorandum of Action" summarizes six principles for adaptation and peace

To ensure that the results of the projects can be considered in national and international policy processes and to strengthen international governance for adaptation, the projects’ findings-based on the roadmap findings and the conclusions drawn from the expert consultations resulted in a Memorandum, which aims to provide guidance and support advocacy efforts showing opportunities for potential action, promoting adaptation as a peaceful response to climate change. Six principles for "Adaptation and Peace" were formulated, which can be found in the study or in a separate Memorandum.

Download "Adaptation to climate change for peace and stability"

Download the "Memorandum for Action" (part of the study)