summary high level panel caribbean green alliance resilience

On the 15th of December 2020, the High-level Panel on Green Alliance underlined the commitment of Caribbean states and the European Union (EU) to ambitious global climate action. Co-hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Commission, it demonstrated that action on climate change mitigation and resilience to climate-fragility risks will be core pillars for the future partnership between the two regions. 

Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Central America & Caribbean
Carlos Fuller (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre), Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth and Beatrice Mosello (adelphi)
Caribbean climate fragility risk assessment brief

Caribbean countries have long suffered from the destructive impacts of natural hazards. Climate change is projected to make them worse. Its impacts are adding to population and urbanisation pressures, limited land, food, water and energy resources, resulting in environmental degradation, rising unemployment, inequality and poverty. This risk brief identifies three critical pathways that link climate change to fragility in the Caribbean.

Middle East & North Africa
Gidon Bromberg, Nada Majdalani and Yana Abu Taleb (EcoPeace Middle East)
A Green Blue Deal for the Middle East

This report seeks to inform Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian policy makers, and the understanding of international stakeholders, as they work to meet climate-related challenges in the Middle East. The authors’ assessment is that a deal that gives emphasis to the importance of water issues in the region is a feasible and effective policy approach to an urgent challenge, and one that can serve to address conflict drivers, advance a two state solution and promote trust-building and cooperation in a conflict-mired region.

Sub-Saharan Africa
Adrian Foong, Benjamin Pohl and Lukas Rüttinger (adelphi)
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In Sudan, the term ‘climate war’ has often been used to draw a direct causal link between climate change and conflict. In reality, these conflicts are far more complex, which can be traced back to a history of regional marginalisation, ethno-occupational tensions, and failures in governance.

Martin Kerres (GIZ), Marcel Servos (GIZ), Annika Kramer (adelphi), Fred Hattermann (PIK), Dennis Tänzler (adelphi), Tobias Pilz (PIK) and André Mueller (adelphi)
Stop Floating, Start Swimming Water and climate change – interlinkages and prospects for future action

Water and climate change are intricately linked. Global warming is changing the water cycle, affecting water availability and quality and extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. At the same time, sustainable water management and energy-efficient wastewater treatment play an important role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This state-of-the-art report encapsulates the main impacts of climate change on the water cycle and highly water-dependent sectors.

Conflict Transformation
Global Issues
Michael Keating (EIP), Julie Raasteen (EIP) and Oli Brown (Chatham House)

This paper is the result of a series of structured interviews with more than a dozen senior envoys, peace process facilitators and conflict resolution experts from the EU, UN, governments, and civil society conducted between May and June 2020. It presents a cross-section of experience, lessons learned and expectations about what the future holds for practitioners in trying to bring peace in a climate-changed world.

Catherine Wong (UNDP)
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This policy brief provides a typology and analysis of climate-related security risks in the first round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Lead Editors: Alexander Carius (adelphi), Noah Gordon (adelphi), and Lauren Risi (Wilson Center)

For too long, foreign policymakers have largely left climate issues to energy or environment ministries. A new essay series by adelphi and the Wilson Center seeks to change that.

Catherine Wong and Nika Saeedi (United Nations Development Programme, UNDP)
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This policy brief explores initial lessons learnt from a climate security perspective of efforts to prevent violent extremism in politically and environmentally fragile contexts affected by climate change.

Nisha Pandey (Shodh Nepal), Lukas Rüttinger and Susanne Wolfmaier (adelphi)
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Although Nepal’s overall security situation has improved considerably and is stable, important underlying drivers and structural causes of conflict still exist. Climate change accentuates Nepal’s economic and political vulnerabilities. Climate impacts can act as a stressor on existing drivers and structural causes of conflict, adding an additional layer of risk to Nepal’s resilience.