Climate change adaptation and peacebuilding

Authored by: Richard A. Matthew

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202528
eBook ISBN: 9781315473772
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This chapter examines how and why climate change adaptation should be integrated into peacebuilding. It begins with a brief overview of climate science, and summarizes real and potential climate change impacts. It then reviews how scholars have sought to link environmental stress generally to the conflict cycle, work that has provided a strong platform for investigating the role of climate change across the conflict cycle. I argue that based on what we know about climate change impacts, there are at least six compelling and robust claims about the relationship between climate change and the conflict cycle that together provide a strong rationale for integrating climate change into peacebuilding programs. After a short discussion of the concept of peacebuilding, I identify obstacles to and entry points for this integration.

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