CEESP Briefing Notes
Conflict-Sensitive Adaption: Use Human Rights to Build Social and Ecological Resiilience
Making adaptation conflict sensitive must be a priority as climate change could increase conflict by multiplying existing conflict stressors. Ironically, adaptation strategies can, if poorly planned, aggravate these negative trends, making it increasingly difficult to achieve development goals and human security. Pre-existing factors such as weak tenure, gender inequality and the marginalization of indigenous people can contribute to adaptation choices that favour one group over another. The absence of inclusive governance incorporating legitimate processes for making decisions and resolving difference can compound this situation. By putting human rights at the centre of adaptation planning and actions, governments and other actors can help avoid conflict and be effective in reducing human vulnerability, building resilience and enhance human security. This set of briefs, published jointly by IPACC (Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee) and CEESP discusses these links and provides guidance on how to realize this goal.