Climate Security

From Open Risk Manual


Climate Security refers to evaluating, managing, and reducing the risks to peace and stability brought on by the Climate Crisis. [1]


Climate Change can exacerbate food, water, and livelihood insecurity, with cascading effects such as displacement and migration and increased competition over natural resources, all of which can lead to increased tensions and instability in a country or a region. Furthermore, the impacts of climate change can aggravate or prolong existing violent conflicts and make it more difficult to deliver climate action and to reach and sustain peace.


The nature of climate security requires ensuring that climate mitigation and adaptation goes beyond doing no-harm and contributes positively to peace and stability.

It also means that conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions take climate impacts into account. The technical solutions to climate action and adaptation can serve as opportunities to build peace and mend the social fabric, especially in countries affected by conflict and fragility.

Climate action can help alleviate the underlying drivers of conflict and fragility. For example, access to Renewable Energy can be a lifeline which supports clean water, light, warmth, and sustenance, as well as basic and emergency services. It also powers local economic development, while setting regions and countries on a sustainable development pathway to recovery.

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