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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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Address

Campus De La Uab Bellaterra
08193 Cerdanyola Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 601 717

Administrative Contact

Giorgos Kallis (Mr.)

Participants (13)

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 292 603

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 253

INSTITUTT FOR FREDSFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 177 513

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 228 112

Suez Canal University

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 97 500

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 151

THE CYPRUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 226 560

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 245 956

UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY

Japan

EU Contribution

€ 272 370

PALESTINIAN HYDROLOGY GROUP FOR WATER & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

Palestine

EU Contribution

€ 59 700

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 209 332

Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 30 085,60

ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 35 499,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244443

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 821 004,89

  • EU contribution

    € 2 991 352

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

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