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Climate Adaptation Investments in Conflict-Affected States

This policy brief provides a call to understand risks differently and increase financial support, including climate adaptation finance.

Publisher SPARC
By Adriana QuevedoYue Cao

This policy brief is based on findings from two previous Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) studies ‘Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance in the Sahel and Horn of Africa’ and ‘Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance’, an outcome paper from a roundtable, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Bank, on ‘Working together to address obstacles to climate finance in conflict and fragile settings’ held in October 2021 and the United Nations Development Programme 2021 study ‘Climate finance for sustaining peace: Making climate finance work for conflict-affected and fragile contexts’.

This paper aims to influence policy-makers in the climate, humanitarian and peace-building communities of practice, as well as country governments that are facing fragile and conflict-affected situations, to re-think the risks and increase financial allocations to the least developed country (LDC) sub-group of fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Throughout this policy brief it is key to note current understandings of the interplay between climate change and conflict. These include:

Therefore there is a need for financial providers of climate-related activities in FCAS to acknowledge the complexities behind localised interplay from the threats of conflict and climate change, and therefore take risk-informed approaches.

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