Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: concepts and approaches

Draws on International Alert's experience in fragile and conflict societies to stress the key role of resilience

Abstract

To understand resilience to climate and environmental changes in fragile and conflict-affected societies is particularly important but equally challenging.

In this paper, we first develop a conceptual framework to explore the climate-fragility-conflict and climate-resilience-peace nexus. Second, we discuss approaches to promote pathways from climatic changes to peace. We draw on the relevant literature and International Alert’s experience in fragile and conflict-affected societies to stress the key role of resilience. To build resilience, climate, development, peacebuilding, and government actors would have to overcome bureaucratic and institutional barriers and cooperate across thematic and regional silos.

Citation

Vivekananda, J.; Schilling, J.; Smith, D. Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: concepts and approaches. Development in Practice (2014) 24 (4) 487-501. [DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2014.909384]

Climate resilience in fragile and conflict-affected societies: concepts and approaches

Published 1 January 2014