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Offer: A Climate of Conflict: Considerations for Climate Adaptation

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for

A Climate of Conflict: Considerations for Climate Adaptation

featuring

Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert

Shruti Mehrotra, Senior Consultant, International Alert

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Climate change’s impacts on agriculture, the hydrologic cycle, and
the frequency and severity of natural disasters will likely make the
poorest communities across the world even poorer. A number of these
communities are also beset by conflict and instability, and thus face a
dual risk. International Alert, an independent peacebuilding
organization operating in 20 countries, has increasingly focused on
climate change’s potential contributions to violent conflict, which
itself hinders the ability of governments and local communities to adapt
to the pressures of climate change. An International Alert report, “A
Climate of Conflict: The Links Between Climate Change, Peace, and
War,” analyzes these links to conflict and provides 12
recommendations for addressing climate change in fragile states. Report
available at
http://www.international-alert.org/climate_change/index.php.

Dan Smith and Shruti Mehrotra of International Alert will discuss these
climate and conflict connections and what they imply for designing
adaptation strategies as the international community increasingly
focuses on climate adaptation in the run up to the December Copenhagen
negotiations.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into
the live or archived webcast at www.wilsoncenter.org. The live webcast
will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You
will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the
free player, visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.

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