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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Introduction: 

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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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.

Climate and fragility

Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay introducing the meetingLast week, a G7 commissioned report co-authored by International Alert called A new climate for peace: Taking action on climate and fragility risks was launched in London at a high-level event hosted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

New report urges joined-up responses to climate change security threats

London, 23 June 2015

Global peacebuilding charity International Alert has today marked the UK launch of a G7-commissioned report on the impact of climate change on fragile states with a high-level event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.

The importance of a more holistic approach to 'peacebuilding' in South Ossetia

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it. A few days ago I read that the South Ossetian parliament had discussed a draft law "on subsoil and subsoil use in the Republic of South Ossetia", banning the import of nuclear waste into the republic.

Compounding risks

US navy helicopter drops food to tsunami survivors in Aceh, Indonesia, 2005. Photo © Jefri Aries/IRINInternational Alert’s new policy brief, Compounding risk, explores the relationship between conflicts and disasters, specifically focusing on how the impacts of natural disasters increase the risk of conflict and fragility.