We help ensure communities affected by climate change can respond and adapt in ways that improve the conditions for peace, and reduce the risk of violent 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, often making them worse.

We help ensure communities affected by climate change can respond and adapt in ways that improve the conditions for peace, and reduce the risk of violent conflict.

We provide guidance to local, national and international decision-makers so that policies and programmes on climate change adaptation support peace.

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Why: 

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 that look set to increase over time.

Environmental and climatic changes are affecting and exacerbating the complex burdens that lower-income 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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Assessment of groundwater quality in the coastal area of Sindh province, Pakistan

Groundwater is a highly important resource, especially for human consumption and agricultural production. This study offers an assessment of groundwater quality in the coastal areas of Sindh province in Pakistan. The quality of the groundwater was found to be unsuitable for human consumption, despite being used for this purpose.

COP21: Building peace by linking responses to climate change and security

This comment first appeared in Devex on 22 December 2015. Last weekend, the world cheered as negotiators secured the best possible deal on climate change. It’s an historic agreement tackling what The Observer called “the greatest existential threat to life on Earth.”

Alert’s report paves way for major foreign policy response ahead of Paris climate talks

The most anticipated climate change conference is well under way in Paris. Strong international agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP 21) has been deemed crucial to minimising the impacts of climate change. But significant changes to the climate are already happening and will continue to impact us for decades.

COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris

International Alert is attending the 21st session of the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP 21 in Paris, from 30 November - 11 December. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Leadership of the negotiations is yet to be determined.

Alert focuses on building the resilience of communities affected by climate change, poverty and conflict. Find out more about our work here.

Fisheries resource management and peacebuilding in Uganda and DRC

This blog was first published on the Resilience Compass. Climate change and population increases are adding pressure to fisheries resources in a lake shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thereby intensifying intra-and inter-community conflicts in this already fragile region. Improved resource management could bring opportunities for more resilient and peaceful communities.

Pastoralism in the face of drought

Last month, International Alert published an article in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science on the drought adaptation and coping strategies of the Turkana pastoralists of northern Kenya.

Renewable energy and conflict: The unexplored links

This blog was originally published on the G7 Knowledge Platform's Resilience Compass Blog. At their June summit, G7 leaders pledged to develop long-term low-carbon strategies and phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. They agreed on a global target for limiting the rise in average global temperatures to a maximum of two degrees over pre-industrial levels.