Environmental and climatic changes have a disproportionate impact on countries affected by conflict.

We focus on building resilience to the interconnected challenges of climate change, poverty and conflict.

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Environmental and climatic changes have a disproportionate impact on countries affected by conflict, interacting with factors such as poverty, political instability and social tensions.

We focus on building resilience to the interconnected challenges of climate change, poverty and conflict. We help to establish, promote and sustain peaceful communities that are able to withstand shocks and respond to change. We improve understanding of climate and security risks in vulnerable regions. We also advise local, national and international decision-makers involved in climate change, development and peacebuilding.

Our work is important because environmental and climatic changes, as well as poorly planned and uncoordinated attempts to adapt to their effects, could set back development and jeopardise the chance of sustainable peace.

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Communities around the world are already experiencing more extreme weather conditions, changes to agricultural cycles, longer dry seasons and rising sea levels. This is contributing to different patterns of migration, competition for natural resources and food insecurity – trends which look set to increase over time.

Environmental and climatic changes are affecting and exacerbating the complex burdens that developing countries have to face. Their impact is felt the most by the poorest and most vulnerable in society, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states. Here, the disruption caused by these changes combines with issues such as poor infrastructure, fragile institutions and the effects of recent armed conflict or social unrest, to create a double-headed threat to peace and stability.

Effective responses to this threat are hampered by gaps in knowledge about the social, political and security impact of such change and a lack of understanding on how to strengthen resilience to these risks and challenges. There is also weak capacity among governments and international institutions to address these issues.

The inequitable governance of natural resources can also be a major cause of unrest and conflict. Mistrust and conflict between states, government departments and local communities are a major barrier to more effective and equitable natural resource governance. Greater public participation and consultation, as well as fair allocation of resources, are vital for promoting more peaceful management of natural resources.

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Exhibition: Peace blooms

To coincide with Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to present:

Peace blooms: Cattle, conflict and the roses of Lake Naivasha

A photo exhibition and pop-up flower shop on Kenya

The exhibition will bring to life the stories of rose farmers and traditional Maasai pastoralists in Lake Naivasha, to prompt conversations about the relationship between water, conflict and peace in the country.

Links between youth, climate change and security

The combined pressures of climate change and growing youth populations will influence security environments and affect already fragile contexts, according to a new UNICEF report co-authored by peacebuilding charity International Alert and the Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and commissioned by UNICEF UK.

Planetary Boundaries and the risks we run as we cross them

The Stockholm Resilience Centre has produced a new study of the planetary boundaries, a concept it first unleashed on the planet in 2009. It reveals a worsening situation. It has received considerable media attention as an issue of  environmental impact. But it is much more than that.  Boundaries of sustainability

Tensions surge in Jordan as refugees compete for scarce water

This blog was co-authored with Janani Vivekananda and was originally published in Thomson Reuters Foundation. As the Syrian conflict approaches its fifth year, the number of refugees seeking refuge in Jordan has surpassed 650,000, a substantive tenth of Jordan’s total population.

Climate change in Pakistan

A recent consultation held by International Alert on Climate Change, Security and Conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan acknowledged that poor resource management and changes in climate are crucial components of current and potential tensions in both the country and wider region.

How climate change exacerbates regional tensions

International Alert, together with our partner adelphi, recently held a high-profile consultation in the Jordanian capital Amman to raise awareness among policy- and decision-makers on how climate change acts as a risk multiplier for fragility and conflict in Jordan and the wider region.