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Is Human Security a Relevant Concept in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation Policies?

  • Katriona McGladeEmail author
  • Christiane Gerstetter
  • Elizabeth Tedsen
  • Rodrigo Vidaurre
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Abstract

This paper analyses the relevance of the concept of human security for the purpose of climate adaptation policies. The starting point of this inquiry is recent high-level debates and reports framing climate change as a security issue. One way in which climate change can be considered a ‘security risk’ is that its impacts are expected to undermine human security if adaptation measures are not taken. There is ample evidence that climate change poses threats to human security (e.g. water-related, economic, health, physical) from which it is necessary to protect individuals. However, the use and usefulness of the concept of human security for climate adaptation policy-making are much less apparent. This paper discusses the role of the human security concept in adaptation policies from an empirical and normative point of view. It examines its role in high-level discourse (e.g. in national foreign policy statements or at the UN general assembly) as well as in national adaptation policies. The paper is based, inter alia, on case studies that included over 70 in-depth, qualitative interviews with policy-makers and experts in four MMES (Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel) countries (Ethiopia, Israel, Morocco and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPT)) as well as at EU and UN level.

Keywords

Climate change Human security Adaptation policy Climate conflicts Water 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katriona McGlade
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christiane Gerstetter
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Tedsen
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Vidaurre
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecologic InstituteBerlinGermany

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