The SIWI Sofa on Climate Change and Conflicts will host a discussion on Climate Change impacts on political insecurity. Climate Change can be an accelerant of instability and combined with other factors such as poor governance and degraded infrastructure it can multiply instability in some of the most violent regions of the world. Climate Change impacts on water can therefore be a significant national security challenge.
It will be a pre discussion to the event on Monday the 24th of August, http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/Schedule/Detail/4974
Two global experts Dr. Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Master of Arts Program in International Affairs
and Dr Lennart Olsson Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, http://lucsus.lu.se.webbhotell.ldc.lu.se/index.php/staff/lennart-olsson/
will together with SIWI staff address questions such as
- What is the significance of climate change compared to political, economic and geographic factors as a risk and driving factor of political instability?
- How can climate change risks be mitigated and potential conflict areas identified at an early stage?
- What is the the role of adapting to Climate change impacts on water in Foreign Policy?