Op-ed

The Impact of Climate Change on Peace and Security in Somalia: Implications for AMISOM

Published: 12 May 2021
Summary:

The February 2021 mandate renewal for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an opportunity to review what we know about climate change and security in Somalia, and to consider what governments and multilateral organisations can do to improve the way they manage climate related security risks. Research finds no direct causal relationship between climate and conflict but has identified multiple pathways through which climate-related change interacts with political, social, and environmental stresses to compound existing vulnerabilities and tensions. These factors combined can undermine development gains, impact the dynamics of ongoing violence and disrupt fragile peace processes. Additional pressures, such as COVID-19, compound the risk and makes a country like Somalia even more vulnerable to shocks and setbacks, as the recent political crisis shows.

  • Published year: 2021
  • Full version: Read full-text here
  • Page count: 2
  • Language: English
  • Journal: ACCORD Covid-19 In-Depth Analysis
  • Research project

    Climate-related Peace and Security Risks (CPSR)

    2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)

    The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are collaborating on a climate, peace and security...