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This report looks at climate change and conflict issues through the lens of sensible risk-management to draw new conclusions about the challenge faced in Australia. These climate change risks are either not understood or wilfully ignored across the public and private sectors, with very few exceptions, and include climate-driven humanitarian crises, forced migration, political instability and conflict. The Australian government must ensure Australian Defence Force and emergency services preparedness, mission and operational resilience, and capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, across the full range of projected climate change scenarios.
Recommendations made include:
The Asia–Pacific region, including Australia, is considered to be “Disaster Alley” where some of the worst impacts will be experienced. Building more resilient communities in the most vulnerable nations by high-level financial commitments and development assistance can help protect peoples in climate hotspots and zones of potential instability and conflict. The report posits that Australia's political, bureaucratic and corporate leaders are abrogating their fiduciary responsibilities to safeguard the people and their future well-being, and contends that they are ill-prepared for the real risks of climate change at home and in the wider region.