Intersection of Climate Change and Conflict Prevention
The BEI ‘Intersections with Climate Change’ series continues with an event focusing on the key intersection of Climate Change and Conflict Prevention. Our panel will discuss how their organisations are adapting their approach in response to climate change across their programmes and interventions relating to the intersection of climate change and conflict prevention.
On Tuesday 31st October from 10:00-11:30 BST, join us virtually as we host the next event in our ‘Intersections with Climate Change’ series, this time focusing on the key intersection of Climate Change and Conflict Prevention.
According to economists, a 0.5°C rise in local temperature is associated with a 10-20% increase in the risk of deadly conflict. Mainstreaming climate concerns in international development programming related to conflict prevention, stabilisation and transition is becoming ever more important as communities in the Global South are facing the devastating effects of increasing resource scarcity brought on by climate change. The humanitarian impact of these double shocks can be devastating, with the largest impacts affecting the most vulnerable and marginalised.
The intersection of climate change and conflict is multilayered. A resource-constrained environment naturally feeds into the risk of conflict, as multiple communities are competing for the same resources. On the other hand, interventions in climate change mitigation and adaptation can impact socioeconomic factors that can in turn escalate the risk of conflict locally. Programming which takes these multilayered factors into account can also result in substantial co-benefits.
Our panel will provide examples from recent work in how their organisations are adapting their approach in response to climate change across their programmes and interventions relating to the intersection of climate change and conflict prevention.
For example, DT Global's USAID-funded Shejeh Salam (Promoting Peace) programme in South Sudan works to promote sustained, resilient resource-sharing agreements between traditionally migratory cattle herding populations and stationary agriculturalist communities to prevent violent clashes over resources. Promoting alternative livelihoods with less reliance on migratory patterns has been one successful method in doing so. Working through local partners, more than 100 young men and women were provided training in fishing techniques, fish drying and preservation methods and entrepreneurial marketing skills. By including youth who had recently engaged in other peacebuilding activities implemented by DT Global, participants benefitted from a layered effect of iterative positive reinforcement and collaboration between herding and agricultural communities who had previously been at conflict.