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Climate change

The long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns that lead to higher sea levels, droughts, and other natural disasters. It is the biggest challenge to humanity yet and impacts existing conflicts or even creates new ones – especially where resources such as water and arable land are becoming scarce. Yet, common concerns about its impact can also offer an entry point for bringing conflict parties to the negotiating table.

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Climate Security in Somalia

This project focuses on sensitising vulnerable communities to the adverse impact of climate change on peace and security in Beledweyne District.

  • Past Project 2021 - 2022
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COP26, climate change and conflict.

In November, COP26 will convene for the most important summit yet to halt climate breakdown, and to prevent the threats climate change poses for sustainable peace.

  • feature 27 Oct 2021
Children in dust storm in Ethiopia.

Video: Climate change, environmental degradation and conflictResponding to environmental breakdown in areas affected by conflict

Watch the video of the event on the overlapping crises of environmental degradation, climate change and violent conflict, and measures to mitigate against them.

  • event 2 Dec 2022
A Syrian Kurdish family, fled from clashes between ISIL militants and PYD forces, carry their belongings_picture alliance.

Video: Climate and peace in the Middle EastHow can climate action support peacebuilding objectives?

Watch our event recording to learn about the intersection of climate action and peacebuilding in the Middle East.

  • event 25 Jun 2024
A Somali boy stands on a junk vehicle after heavy rain in Mogadishu

Climate vulnerability demands conflict transformation approachesTowards COP27: Our article series on climate and conflict

At the upcoming COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, adaptation will be at the top of the agenda. To be effective, conflict transformation must be a part of that conversation.

  • blog post 20 Oct 2022
  • Author(s) Tom Breese, Nike Löble, Arrliya Sugal
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Climate security challenges in IraqEntry points for local-level dialogue

Iraq has begun to feel the brunt of climate change and an increase in climate-related security risks.

  • Year 2023
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We need to talkChanging climate, changing conflicts

The Berghof Foundation and adelphi held a conversation on the importance of shifting the peacebuilding discourse to better acknowledge and address climate change.

  • feature 15 Sept 2020
A woman collects water from a water tank stored outside her home in the village of Al-Bouzayyat, which sits on the bank of a former canal which has dried up, in Diwaniya, Iraq, October 11, 2022.

How climate change affects conflict dynamics in Iraq

Our new reports shed light on how climate change impacts local conflict in Iraq. Read our key recommendations on how to address climate security risks.

  • feature 12 Dec 2023
Two men work on repairing and refilling breached sections of embankments as part of the North-East Irrigated Agriculture Project. Sri Lanka.

Video: Providing remedies for climate harmsA dialogue between transitional justice and climate justice

Watch our event recording to learn about the challenges and opportunities of providing remedies to communities affected by climate change.

  • event 14 Mar 2024
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