ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part I

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on this page and the next few pages.

01. Prof Pius Yanda

On Climate change, its impacts, related factors and prevention of climate-related conflicts

The effects of climate change and concerns for intra- and inter-state conflicts; the example of pastoral conflict in Tanzania; effects of climate change to the vulnerable; other factors that contribute to conflicts; and, recommendations for adaptation and addressing climate-related conflicts.

02. Dr William Tsuma

Towards a preventative framework for climate-related conflicts

What does a preventative action framework look like? – elements of climate risk assessment and analyses; integrating conflict prevention and climate change adaptation; broadening spaces for policy and action; strengthening local & traditional capacities for resilience.

03. Dr Curtis Bell

On droughts and conflict in Africa

Summary of findings of statistical analysis – beginning of large interdisciplinary project on drought and civil war. Adaptive policy (preventing climate-related conflicts): the effects of cereal grain production on civil war in drought-suffering states.

04. Nina von Uexkull

On droughts and conflict in Africa

Presentation of the research: hypothesis; research design; dependent variable; location of civil conflicts in Africa; need for subnational analysis shown; independent variable; control variables; results.

05. Prof Urmilla Bob

Closing: Panel 1

Conclusions from first panel presentations and discussions.

06. Angella Nabwowe

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Overview of issues arising as a result of take-over of a forest reserve from local peoples, by the National Forestry Authority in Uganda. Recommendations for addressing conflicts.

07. Ellycia Harrould (Part 1)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.

07. Ellycia Harrould (Part 2)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.