Our rapidly changing climate is not proven to be a direct cause of conflict. But from our work in conflict-affected contexts around the world, we are seeing that the environmental impacts of climate change are exacerbating the existing drivers of conflict and that they impact upon the capacity of communities to manage localised forms of conflict.
As the world increasingly focuses on responding to the changing climate and environment, it is essential that the interlinkages between environmental change and conflict in each particular context are understood. We work in partnership with local people and communities to develop responses to climate change that are conflict-sensitive, gender-sensitive and grounded in their understanding and experiences.
The management of land and resources can also be a tool for peacebuilding in itself, where traditional avenues for conflict resolution have become stuck. In Jammu and Kashmir working together to predict and respond to natural disasters is helping to build confidence between divided communities.