Security implications of climate change in the Sahel: Evidence and policy options



Paris, OECD Conference Centre, 22 February 2011

Climate change and its impact have dominated international policy agendas and public attention in recent times. These issues are gradually being seen as posing new threats to security and development. The "Security implications of climate change in the Sahel" project combined climate, historical, geographical and socio-economic research to analyse the relationship between climate change and security in the Sahel.

The seminar presented the key findings of the analyses carried-out and its implications for African and OECD country policy-making. > find out +


Opening remarks

9.30 – 10.00


Jean-Marc Pommeray, French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs

Dominic Martin, UK Ambassador to the OECD

Laurent Bossard, Director a.i., SWAC Secretariat/OECD


10.00 – 10.20

Climate and climate change in the Sahel: What we know and what we don’t, by Carlo Buontempo, Senior Scientist UK Met Office Hadley Centre

10.20 – 10.40

Climate change and security in the Sahel: Policy options,

by Philipp Heinrigs, SWAC Secretariat/OECD

10.40 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Panel discussion and Q&A