You are in the STAGING environment

Document / Publication

  • Do more with your content!Discover PreventionWeb Services
  • Addressing climate drivers of conflict

    Email sent!

    An email has been sent to the email addresses provided, with a link to this content.

    Thank you for sharing!


Addressing climate drivers of conflict

Source(s):  Mercy Corps

Natural resources, including water, land, and forests, have long been recognized as sources of contention, and sometimes even violence. Macro trends like population growth and climate change can exacerbate these issues, particularly in areas of scarcity. Population growth adds more pressure to a limited amount of resources, while climate change impacts resource availability and quality. In recent years, climate change has even been recognized as a threat multiplier, “aggravating stressors...such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions.” Climate change does not directly cause conflict. Instead, its effects (e.g., rising temperatures, shifting rainfall patterns) can lead to environmental impacts (e.g., loss of grazing land for cattle), which can result in socioeconomic tensions (e.g., farmers and herders competing for resources). This document looks at this chain of reactions which contributes to an increased risk of conflict, worse in contexts with weak governance, high rates of poverty, income equality, and existing social tensions.

Add this content to your collection!

Enter an existing tag to add this content to one or more of your current collections. To start a new collection, enter a new tag below.

See My collections to name and share your collection
Back to search results to find more content to tag

Log in to add your tags
  • Addressing climate drivers of conflict
  • Publication date 2019
  • Number of pages 6 p.

Please note:Content is displayed as last posted by a PreventionWeb community member or editor. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of UNDRR PreventionWeb, or its sponsors. See our terms of use