Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa

  • 14th June 2018
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Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa
Bob, Urmilla and Salomé Bronkhorst (Eds.) Climate Diplomacy Series. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.
This edited volume focuses on conflict-sensitivity in climate change adaptation strategies and practices in Africa and brings together the voices of academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the globe and Africa. Key questions that frame the contributions are: how do climate change and/or climate adaptation projects cause or contribute to conflicts, and how can adaptation measures be conflict-sensitive?

Extensive research provides insight into climate change effects and various mitigation and adaptation strategies – often in conflict prone or post-conflict states. Further, drawing on African experiences, the highly multi-disciplinary nature of the policy and practice of conflict-sensitive adaptation emerges. The volume provides compelling analyses and recommendations for the development of conflict-sensitive adaptation tools and policies.


18-24 June 2018. Climate Diplomacy Week is a time, where EU Delegations around the world reach out to communities and partner organisations, highlighting positive global action and collaboration on climate change. 2018 will see two Climate Diplomacy Weeks: the first one from 18-24 June and the second one from 24-30 September 2018. 

13 June 2018. New video series on climate change, foreign and security policy.
Increasingly inconsistent climate patterns are pushing vulnerable populations to migrate both within and across borders. Spillover effects, such as terrorist recruitment and rapid ubanization, put a strain on global security. How can the international community best use its resources to help stabilize livelihood systems and halt this upwards trend? Louise van Schaik, Senior Research Fellow at The Clingendael Institute, gives insights into this underexplored aspect of climate security.

The Climate Diplomacy initiative is a collaborative effort of the German Federal Foreign Office in partnership with adelphi. The videos are supported by the Planetary Security Initiative.

Additional interviews:

Strengthening the African climate security agenda – Interview with Aliou Dia, UNDP

Security in the African continent is severely undermined by climate-related impacts such as droughts, floods and conflicts for resources. However, deep-seated ad-hoc approaches hinder a long-term perspective over the effects of these shocks on the continent’s development. Aliou Dia, Africa Team Leader Climate Change and Energy at UNDP, stresses the need to mainstream climate security in national and regional agendas as a development issue.

Understanding conflict dynamics to prevent migration – Interview with Ayan Mahamoud -Platform Coordinator for Regional Programming for the IDDRSI


It cannot be overstated how valuable regional cooperation is for tackling the security dimensions of climate change. Ayan Mahamoud, shares how the programme’s resilience building efforts are looking into the causes of resource-related conflicts in the Horn of Africa in order to develop a conflict-sensitive approach to the region’s climatic challenges.

When conflict breeds other conflict: Natural resource conflicts in MaliShreya Mitra – Adviser for Climate Change and Security at International Alert.

As conflicts over natural resources play out in Mali, spillover effects can be felt throughout the Sahel region. Shreya Mitra, stresses the necessity of analyzing the underlying causes – internal and cross-border – and of applying conflict- and climate-sensitive approaches when responding to natural resource conflicts.

Africa is the continent of the future – Interview with UNEP Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP): Ibrahim Thiaw

Africa is extremely vulnerable to climate change. However, the continent is young and powerful. Why we have good reasons to be optimistic illustrates Ibrahim Thiaw.

Other interviews: