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Locating Climate Insecurity: Where Are the Most Vulnerable Places in Africa?

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From the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Africa is among the continents most vulnerable to climate change—partly because of geography, and partly because of the low adaptive capacity of many African countries. Much of the current discussion on Africa, climate change, and security is of limited practical use to policymakers, for multiple reasons: a lack of reliable data, a narrow focus on conflict as the only security outcome of interest, and insufficient attention to variations in vulnerability at the sub-national level. To address those shortcomings, the CCAPS program sought to identify which areas in Africa are most vulnerable to climate change—and why—at the most detailed scale possible.