Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Afghanistan

Brown, Oli 2019: Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Afghanistan. Berlin: adelphi.

For the past four decades, Afghanistan has suffered from constant armed conflict and its devastating impacts. Such conflicts have increased Afghanistan’s already high vulnerability to climate change, the impacts of which may, in turn, help to create the conditions for continued violence.

This climate fragility risk brief outlines some of the ways in which climate change threatens long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan: Climate shocks and climate "headwinds" could worsen poverty, weaken governance and contribute to instability.

While the Afghan government has taken measures to address climate change both at the national and international levels, this risk brief also presents a number of entry points that would specifically address climate security concerns.