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Yemen in the Grip of a Climate Security Crisis: A New Roadmap Emerges

A roadmap for integrating climate security into policy frameworks aims for a multi-pronged approach.

The cover photo: Yemeni farmers inspect dry land.


"Integrating Climate Security into Policy Frameworks Roadmap Yemen"

• Yemen is facing a growing climate change crisis, with rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfall patterns, and frequent extreme weather events.

• A report highlights the severe consequences of these climate challenges, including food insecurity, displacement, water scarcity, and human security risks.

• The roadmap proposes a multi-pronged approach to address the crisis, including embedding recommendations into national plans, securing funding, and establishing a climate security coordination framework.

• The roadmap emphasizes the critical roles of local and international communities, with local communities contributing through active participation in decision-making and strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms.


Yemen, already grappling with conflict, faces a growing threat from climate change. Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns, and increasingly frequent extreme weather events are creating a complex web of challenges, jeopardizing food security, displacing communities, and exacerbating water scarcity. This confluence of climate stressors and ongoing conflict poses a significant threat to human security in the region.

A new roadmap titled "Integrating Climate Security into Policy Frameworks Roadmap Yemen" has been developed to address this complex crisis. This document serves as a crucial guide for policymakers and international donors, outlining a comprehensive strategy to navigate the intertwined issues of climate change and conflict. The study was published by adelphi research gemeinnützige GmbH.

The report paints a stark picture of the challenges facing Yemen, including rising temperatures exceeding the global average rate of increase, unpredictable precipitation patterns with regional variations, and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and intense. These climate challenges have far-reaching consequences, including worsening food insecurity, displacement and migration, water scarcity and conflict, and risks to human security.

The roadmap proposes a multi-pronged approach to address this crisis. Immediate actions include embedding the roadmap's recommendations into national plans, securing funding, and establishing a framework for coordinating climate security action. 

Short-term actions involve improving knowledge, capacities, and communication, fostering national consultations, and sharing opportunities for climate security financing. Medium-term actions focus on integrating climate security into policymaking, coordinating across sectors, and identifying vulnerable communities. 

Long-term actions include streamlining climate security across policies, ensuring ministerial coordination, reviewing key national policies, and engaging the private sector in climate investment.

The roadmap emphasizes the critical roles of both local and international communities. Local communities can contribute through active participation in decision-making, capacity building, strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, data collection and information sharing, and building community-level climate security capacities. 

The international community can support by providing financial assistance, offering technical expertise, facilitating coordination and collaboration, and supporting the integration of climate security considerations into national policies.

By implementing the recommendations outlined in the roadmap and fostering collaborative efforts between local and international actors, Yemen can embark on a path towards building resilience, enhancing climate security knowledge, and developing sustainable solutions to navigate this complex crisis. This collaborative approach, emphasizing capacity building, inclusive decision-making, and coordinated action, holds the key to mitigating the severity of climate impacts and promoting long-term sustainability in Yemen.


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