In recent years, the European Union (EU) and other international actors have explicitly recognised the importance of addressing the interlinkages between climate change and conflict. As highlighted in its Concept for an Integrated Approach on Climate Change and Security (2021), the EU has also made clear that ‘community engagement and community ownership’ should be ‘central’ to efforts to respond to these links.
In the Pacific, Conciliation Resources has been working with communities and civil society to analyse and to respond to the effects of climate change on conflict. The region is facing a series of conflict risks associated with environmental change, increased frequency in sudden-onset disasters, increased stresses on governance arrangements, and impacts from inappropriately-designed climate-related interventions.
In this Brown Bag Lunch, Kate Higgins (Policy and Learning Manager, Pacific) and Alex Azarov (Programme Director, Pacific) from Conciliation Resources will present their work – supported in part by the EU – engaging rural and urban communities in the Pacific region on these issues. They will also put forward a number of recommendations for the EU and other international actors to address the interlinkages between climate change and conflict, in the Pacific and elsewhere.
Please note that this will be an in-person meeting. Seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Lorenzo Angelini if you would like to participate.