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GMACCC Publishes “Climate Change & Security in South Asia: Cooperating for Peace”

 CCSinSA_Cover_647x900A GMACCC report published on 31 May 2016 warns that a recent drought in India which has affected over 330 million people – causing displacement and threatening farms –is just the first hint of how climate change could destabilise the South Asian region, unless steps are taken to address the threat posed by a warming, resource-scarce world.

Climate Change and Security in South Asia: Cooperating for Peace,” by GMACCC authors Lt. General Tariq Waseem Ghazi (Ret.) of Pakistan, Maj. General A.N.M. Muniruzzaman (Ret.) of Bangladesh, and Air Marshall A.K. Singh (Ret.) of India recommends that the region’s leaders strengthen cooperation to reduce the potential for widespread human suffering and further instability.

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The report also calls for better data collection and sharing to inform policies to prevent climate risks leading to conflict, humanitarian crises and the spread of extremism by groups that exploit opportunities in times of crises and instability. In South Asia, climate change will result in more frequent and more intense natural disasters, spurring water and food shortages, mass displacement and migration and competition over land and natural resources.

The publication comes days after the Pacific Islands called for the creation of a UN Special Representative on Climate and Security at the World Humanitarian Summit. In addition, last week G7 leaders meeting in Japan missed an opportunity to scale up their plans to address the implications of climate change for security, despite a year-long work plan by those governments on the issue. With more such impacts on the horizon, the compounding effects can have far reaching consequences undermining economic stability, increasing societal tensions and threatening regional and international security, the report warns.

Download the PDF “Climate Change & Security in South Asia: Cooperating for Peace”

Author comments:

“The recent drought has illustrated just how climate change creates chronic economic problems in South Asia such as unemployment. These conditions can contribute to militancy, terrorism and organised crime, aggravating existing conflicts and giving rise to new ones.”Air Marshall A.K. Singh (Ret.) from India said.

“While South Asia has a long history of regional instability, the challenge of addressing climate change actually represents an opportunity to catalyse long term peace in the region through continuous dialogue and cooperation. If South Asia succeeds in joining forces against this common and urgent challenge, it would be a model for other parts of the world.”Maj. General A.N.M. Muniruzzaman (Ret.) from Bangladesh said.
Lt. General Tariq Waseem Ghazi (Ret.) of Pakistan added:South Asia is an example of a region where climate impacts are already affecting security – other countries would benefit from watching closely, and moving to integrate climate change in their security planning. If addressed jointly across borders, we can increase stability and save lives, for example by coordinating in response to natural disasters and water shortages. This report is about militaries cooperating for peace.”

For Press Contacts and more information:
Matt Luna, Communication Officer, Institute for Environmental Security (IES) / GMACCC,  mluna@envirosecurity.org  
Ria Voorhaar, Outreach and Engagement Director, Global Strategic Communications Council, ria.v@comms.global 

 

 


2 Comments

Dr.Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, Lead-Author Pakistan National Climate Change Policy on June 2, 2016

I congratulate and appreciate the author's excellent effort on highlighting and linking the Climate Change and Security threat in South Asia.


Madhav Karki, Co-Chair, IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Asia Pacific (2015-17) on June 18, 2016

Congratulations to the authors for this timely and srategically targeted publication; The grim prospect of intra-region conflicts over issues such as water security may be real based on the fact that intra-country or local conflicts over water and space is already a fact of South Asian life. What is needed is strategic or holistic planning for an integrated and long-term vision of human, environmental and national security.


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