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Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance$
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Tim Krieger, Diana Panke, and Michael Pregernig

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202168.001.0001

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Climate Change, Conflicts and Migration

Climate Change, Conflicts and Migration

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Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance

Lisa Thalheimer

Christian Webersik

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on climate conflicts from a political economy perspective. Using the example of droughts in Somalia, the chapter investigates the different drivers of conflict and fragility over time, as well as the relation of changing actors in conflict, environmental disruptions and mixed migration. The chapter shows that there is no empirical evidence to state that climate change per se will increase the number of conflicts and migration. Instead, pre-existing conflicts exacerbate environmental problems that weaken local and national governance arrangements, as well as society’s capacities to deal with climatic shocks, which then can increase migration. However, the authors argue that these relations have to be seen with caution, as conflict-induced and climate-related migration cannot be yet clearly disentangled empirically. Thus, the authors conclude the need for streamlined, flexible governance measures to address climate conflicts.

Keywords:   climate change, climate conflicts, droughts, Somalia, fragility, migration, governance, political economy

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