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Climate change, water conflicts and human security. Regional assessment and policy guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel

Climate change, water conflicts and human security. Regional assessment and policy guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel
  • United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). August 2013
  • This report presents a comprehensive regional assessment of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Sahel in terms of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, conflict/cooperation and human security at various scales and in a variety of contexts. Following an introduction, Chapter 2 explains the theoretical background on climate change, water conflicts and human security and presents the integrated and adapted Climate Change, Hydro Conflicts and Human Security (CLICO) theoretical framework. A description of the current climate and climate trends, including outlooks on water-related hazards in CLICO's study region - differentiating between the Mediterranean and the Sahel region with bordering countries - is presented in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 presents a cursory examination of existing policies and evaluates their role and effectiveness in dealing with the climate-water-security nexus. Chapter 5 includes an analysis of institutions at the transboundary level and discusses the factors influencing the adaptive capacity of transboundary institutions and mechanisms to address uncertainty in transboundary agreements. Chapter 6 brings together the findings of the in-depth analysis and assessment of the climate-water-security nexus based on 11 case studies and a regression study. Chapter 7 draws a synthesis of the empirical approaches presented and answers the main research questions adding to the understanding of the climate-water-security nexus. The final chapter presents the conclusions of this report and recommendations related to policies and institutions needed to facilitate adaptation and enhance human security across the region.
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Conflicts, Transboundary waters, Vulnerability, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water policy, Water security
  • Main target audience: Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Guidance
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Guidelines, Recommendations
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Published in 2015