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Peace Pillar: Bay of Bengal maritime dialogue

Environmental degradation, depleting fish stocks, and climate change are severely impacting the Bay of Bengal. A high dependency on the marine environment of the Bay, one of the most densely populated regions of the world, is posing a serious threat to the littoral states in terms of food security, livelihoods and economic development. With regressing resource availability leading to tensions in the Bay of Bengal this dialogue project aims to prevent the escalation of conflict over marine resources in the region.

Fisher, Cox's Bazar, Bay of Bengal

The project sets up and facilitate spaces for dialogue between affected parties, building a mechanism to manage disputes that arise. Confidence-building measures and standard operating principles will be adopted by littoral states with engagement from the governments of India, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

This project is part of the Weathering Risk Peace Pillar, which translates climate-security foresight and analysis into peacebuilding action where it is needed most. Currently in its first phase, the Peace Pillar implements a number of pilot projects conducted by experienced peacebuilding organisations in regions severely affected by conflict and climate risks. Through and from implementation the Peace Pillar aims to share and elevate evidence-based recommendations in mainstreaming climate-security to support sustainable peace processes on the ground.

The Peace Pillar is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by adelphi in partnership with the Berghof Foundation, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the European Institute of Peace (EIP). The Peace Pillar works with evaluation experts, including Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to assess the impact of the pilot projects.


Contact person and email: Katarina Schulz:

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Supported by Germany

Type: Practice, Dialogue/advocacy, Process

Relevant action areas: 4. Climate security risk-informed peace; 5. Knowledge and experience sharing; 6. Cooperation through dialogue

Location of project: Bay of Bengal

Duration: 2022-present

Partners: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, adelphi

Key activities: Dispute mechanism, confidence-building measures, governmental dialogue facilitation