Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel Fri, Dec 2, 2011

New evidence of changing climate trends in the Sahel and West Africa and their potentially profound implications for food security and regional stability will be released today at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, adding to the pressure on governments to stay on a course to reach a new international climate agreement.

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New evidence of changing climate trends in the Sahel and West Africa and their potentially profound implications for food security and regional stability will be released today at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, adding to the pressure on governments to stay on a course to reach a new international climate agreement.

The report, Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel, uses an innovative mapping process to identify 19 climate hotspots where climatic changes have been the most severe and analyzes regional trends in temperature, rainfall, droughts and flooding over the past 40 years and their implications for the availability of natural resources, livelihoods, migration and conflict in 17 West African countries from the Atlantic coast to Chad.

What:Press Conference

Who:

    Nick Nuttall, Acting Director, UNEP Division of Communications and Public Information

    Jakob Rhyner, Vice-Rector, UN University Europe

    Dina Ionesco, Policy Officer, IOM

    Benoît Sarr, Scientific Coordinator of World Alliance Project Against Climate Change, CILSS

When:11:00-11:30, Monday, 5 December 2011

Where: Yellowwood Press Conference Room

Contact: Julie Marks, UNEP Communications Advisor, Tel +41 794 419 937, Email: julie.marks@unep.org

Mia Turner, UNEP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20-7625211, Mobile: +254-710620495, Email: Mia.Turner@unep.org

Copies of the report will be available at the press conference.

 
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