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Climate change and risk

Plains in Kenya. Photo: Shutterstock
Plains in Kenya. Photo: Shutterstock

The predicted impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible. The World Economic Forum has ranked climate-related risks – including extreme weather events, water scarcity and the failure to adapt and mitigate climate change – among the top five global risks. Policymakers, researchers and the public increasingly recognize the need to address climate-related security risks through cooperation and dialogue.

SIPRI’s work on climate change and risk provides reliable insights on how climate-related security risks evolve and how they are interlinked and interact with different social, political and economic processes. SIPRI researchers also analyse how different policy organisations are responding to these risks and advise them on conflict-sensitive adaptation and mitigation strategies and international efforts for sustaining peace.


Flooding in Bangkok, September 2011

This project seeks to deepen the knowledge about climate-related security risks and refine the understanding of how to address these risks in different societal and geographical contexts.

Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes.

This initiative aims to help organizations to better secure peace and cooperation in times of global environmental change, including climate change.

Anti-desertification sand fences south of the town of Erfoud, Morocco

This project examines how society needs to be reformed to address increasing resource scarcity while securing positive development in the 21st century.

Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks

The expert working group seeks to highlight the gap in climate risk informed decision-making and strives to produce timely climate security assessments.