Strengthening the Climate Security (CS) Outcomes of Adaptation Plans: Moving from Concept to Practice

Event: Roundtable Meeting with Higher Level Functionaries for Strengthening the Climate Security Outcomes of Adaptation Planning
Date: 28 March 2024
Climate security adaptation planning Sri Lanka

Climate security refers to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on peace and security. It also refers to the impact of climate change on the political stability, human security, national security, etc. Climate change as a threat multiplier, can exacerbate the underlying traditional security issues and human security issues. Hence, climate change adaptation should address these factors as well. Currently, many national governments are formulating their national adaptation plans including conducting risk and vulnerability assessments, identifying adaptation actions, and building of capacity of stakeholders through training, etc. Their synergy with human security and national is not clear. To enhance the overall security paradigm of countries, the adaptation plans and related actions must also be strengthened from the point of view of human and national security perspectives. Similarly, the human and national security perspectives need to be well-informed of climate change and related security concerns and threats. Though developed countries such as the US, Japan, and the UK have improved their climate change planning from human and national security perspectives, the same cannot be said for many developing countries in Asia.