Water scarcity fuels local conflicts in Yemen

Yemen is one of the most water scarce countries in the world. Resource depletion cause by uncontrolled consumption, high population growth and the impacts of climate change will potentially increase the risks for resource distribution conflicts and social destabilization.


Recent studies suggest that this region will be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on its water resources. Considering the extremely political fragile state of Yemen, this situation could significantly increase the risks of new territorial and cross-national resource distribution conflicts. Within the context of the “World Water Week” (taking place from the 5th to the 11th of September 2010 in Stockholm), the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) organised a seminar on the impacts of climate change on the security situation in Yemen.

Achim Maas, project manager at adelphi, will outline in his presentation the climate trends in the region along with possible consequences that might further aggravate the situation in Yemen. He will also bring a regional perspective to the debate introducing the broader security implications of climate change related impacts for the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

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