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The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
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Extreme weather and other climate risks poses a multi-faceted and increasingly urgent security challenge for many fragile states. Physical and livelihood risks to the population can force states to redirect scarce resources to climate resilience or humanitarian response efforts, further straining the capacity of under-developed institutions and mechanisms to meet basic public needs.

A new global study published by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) explores the dynamics and conditions of heightened vulnerability where state fragility and climate risks overlap. This study identifies the locations where climate and fragility risks intersect in different parts of the world and how the relationship between these factors vary from place to place. The research generated a series of global maps and analysis of climate and fragility patterns that are key to assessing compound climate-fragility risks.

January’s special webinar-based Adaptation Community Meeting will feature presentations from USAID’s Center for Resilience and the State Fragility Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin on the key results from this groundbreaking study, and discuss recommendations for further integrating climate and fragility considerations into the design and implementation of development policies and programs with illustrations from three country case studies in BangladeshColombia, and Nigeria.The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks report was commissioned by USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and implemented by Management Systems International (MSI). The study was conducted by Ashley MoranJoshua BusbyClionadh RaleighTodd SmithRoudabeh KishiNisha Krishnan, and Charles Wight.