Friday, January 13, 2012

Climate Change and the Risk of Violent Conflicts in Southern Africa

This study aims to identify regions in the Zambezi River Basin in Southern Africa that are prone to risk of violent conflicts [collective violence, popular unrest] induced by climatic changes/variability. This region covers Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. Besides the ecological impact, the study argues that socio-econom- ic and political problems are disproportionately multiplied by climate change/variability. Climate change/variability amplifies stresses on the socio-political fabric because it affects the governance of resources, and hence, is linked to the weakened mitigation and adaptation capacity of societies, that are already facing economic challenges.

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