Climate Change
Global Issues
05 August, 2020

When Rain Turns to Dust

ICRC

Climate is changing everywhere, but it is people living in fragile circumstances who feel the effects most severely. Climate change and conflict continue to cause massive suffering by intensifying inequality. This policy report explores how people deal with the combination of conflict and climate risks, and how they cope and adapt. In addition, it discusses how the humanitarian sector will have to adjust and adapt to address these risks. 

Countries enduring armed conflict are disproportionately vulnerable to climate variability and change, because the adaptive capacity of people, systems and institutions already coping with the consequences of conflict tends to be limited. Based on research conducted in southern Iraq, northern Mali, and the interior of the Central African Republic (CAR), and drawing on the expertise of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the scientific literature on the subject, this policy report explores how people deal with the combination of conflict and climate risks, and how they cope and adapt. It discusses how the ICRC, and the humanitarian sector in general, will have to adjust and adapt to address these risks and makes an urgent call for strengthening climate action and finance in countries affected by conflict.

 

Access the policy report:

When Rain Turns to Dust - Understanding and responding to the combined impact of armed conflicts and the climate and environment crisis on people’s lives

 

[This description was taken from the report.]