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Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security

Objective

Media headlines are dominated by the prospect of regional water wars. Clearly, climate change poses several threats to human security; in particular, hydro-climatic hazards such as droughts and floods have a considerable capacity to exacerbate social tensions, intra- and inter-state conflict. Still, cooperation often trumps conflict. There are surprisingly few peer-reviewed studies rigorously addressing links between climate change, hydrological systems, conflict and security. CLICO will fill this gap in knowledge over the social dimensions of climate change, by looking whether hydro-climatic hazards intensify social tensions and conflicts in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel, or if they provide a catalyst for cooperation and peace. It will examine why some countries and communities are more vulnerable to droughts, floods and related conflict, and what types of policies and institutions are necessary to ensure adaptation, security and peace in the face of global and regional hydro-climatic change. The project will mobilize 13 research teams from Europe, North Africa, Sahel and the Middle East and will bring together for the first time some of the world’s leading researchers in water resource, vulnerability, and peace and security studies. Ten cases of hydro-conflicts will be studied ranging from Niger, Sudan, the Jordan and Nile basins to Cyprus, Italy and the Sinai desert. A large dataset – the first of its kind – of hydro-conflicts in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel will be regressed against climatic, hydrological and socio-economic variables. Policies and institutions at the national, international and transboundary levels will be investigated and their ability to face climate change and ensure human security will be assessed. Project results will be synthesised in a report that will identify potential security hotspots in the region and provide fresh policy ideas for promoting peace and security under changing hydro-climatic conditions.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-B
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 601 717
Administrative Contact
Giorgos Kallis (Mr.)

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 292 603
Address
Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Bartlett (Ms.)
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 253
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniela Tings (Ms.)
INSTITUTT FOR FREDSFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 177 513
Address
Hausmanns Gate 3
0186 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lars Even Andersen (Dr.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 228 112
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
Suez Canal University
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 97 500
Address
Suez Canal University 4.5 Km Road
41552 Ismalia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Tawfic Ahmed (Prof.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 265 151
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Boehm (Ms.)
THE CYPRUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 226 560
Address
Konstantinou Kavafi 20
2121 Lefkosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manfred Lange (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 245 956
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossana Dowsett (Ms.)
UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY
Japan
EU contribution
€ 272 370
Address
Jingumae 5 Chome 53-70
150 8925 Shibuya Ku Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Steven E. Crouch (Mr.)
PALESTINIAN HYDROLOGY GROUP FOR WATER & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
Palestine
EU contribution
€ 59 700
Address
Al Ma Ahed Street Parc Building
Ramallah
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reem Jaas (Ms.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 209 332
Address
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ramon M. Pardina Lanau (Mr.)
Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 30 085,60
Address
Coudenberg 70 5Th Floor
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dan Bitan (Mr.)
ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 35 499,40
Address
Addis Ababa University
1176 Addis Ababa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yacob Arsano Atito (Dr.)