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Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security

The CLICO project is a collaborative project funded under the EU Framework 7 Program which explores the ways in which different hydro-climatic (water related) hazards, and the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of societies interact to stimulate conflict and/or cooperation and human insecurity.

The three year project involves a collaboration between fourteen research teams from Europe, North Africa, the Sahel and the Middle East that bring together some of the world's leading researchers in water resources, vulnerability, conflict, peace and security studies who are working together in a trans-disciplinary fashion.

The CLICO project investigates what types of policies and institutions are necessary to ensure adaptation, security and peace in the face of global and regional hydro-climatic change. Eleven cases of water related conflicts and human insecurity are studied including studies in Italy, Spain, Morocco, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Niger. The UEA research team have been working on the conceptual framework for the CLICO project and also on the Ethiopia case study and a study of indicators of adaptive capacity in transboundary river basins.

DEV Key Contact: Marisa Goulden

Project Dates: January 2010 to December 2012

Project Status: Current


DEV Researchers:

Marisa Goulden, Declan Conway, Anita MilmanKate Porter and Sam Grainger

Partner Organisations:

Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of East Anglia, Ecologic Institute, University of Sussex, United Nations University, The Cyprus Institute, Palestinian Hydrology Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Addis Ababa University, Israeli-Palestinian Science Organisation, International Peace Research Institute

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Selected Outputs:

Milman, A., Bunclark, L., Conway, D., Adger, W.N., (2012) Preparedness of transboundary river basins for climate change, CLICO and Tyndall Working paper:

Milman, A., Arsano, Y., (in preparation) Climate Adaptation in Highly Vulnerable Regions: The Politics of Human Security in Gambella, Ethiopia, CLICO case study.