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Peace Pillar: Environmental pathways for reconciliation Yemen

Since 2014, the Yemeni people have been experiencing a ravaging civil war which is affecting their lives at the most basic level. Scarcity of water and food insecurity are ubiquitous across the country, along with other environment-related challenges. Yemen´s security and environmental crisis is worsening with climate change, which causes drier seasons and more frequent extreme weather events such as flash floods. Environmental challenges underpin livelihoods, interact with conflict dynamics, and therefore need to be part of the search for peace.

Jiblah, Yemen

Environmental Pathways for Reconciliation (EPFR) builds on an existing engagement that focuses on voicing the needs and priorities of Yemenis. It was established to support civil society to address risks related to climate, environment, and conflict. The initiative aims to support a platform for local communities to express their concerns around the challenges and opportunities of environmental conditions and climate change to help integrate them into the peace process. The project runs along four components: strengthening the Platform by building the capacity of local staff and coordinators, conducting structured consultations with Yemeni people across the country, facilitating engagement on environmental issues through the Platform, and building an evidence base for the climate-conflict nexus in Yemen to be shared with local and international stakeholders.

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. 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: 2. Mobilising climate/biodiversity finance for peace; 3. Climate security risk-informed resilience and adaptation; 4. Climate security risk-informed peace; 5. Knowledge and experience sharing; 6. Cooperation through dialogue

Location of project: Yemen

Duration: 2022-present

Partners: European Institute of Peace (EIP), adelphi

Key activities: Capacity building, CSO support, engagement platform for local communities, peace-building