As the people of Afghanistan battle through the many challenges of 2020, including uncertainty surrounding the intra-Afghan negotiations and the multifaceted effects of COVID-19, the impacts of climate change on rural communities also threaten to disrupt visions of a peaceful and thriving Afghanistan. 

Despite being one of the smallest contributors to greenhouse gases, Afghanistan is one of the countries that is both the most vulnerable to climate change and the least prepared to deal with the effects, making finding food a major challenge and putting lives at risk.

With extreme weather worsening and the pandemic compounding existing challenges, our work supporting rural Afghans, whose livelihoods depend on the land, to cope with the effects of climate change has never been more important.

On Wednesday 2nd December, we were joined by Simon Addison (Principle Researcher, IIED), Andrew Scanlon (Technical Environment Expert), Rohina Kabir (York University), and Mohammed Salimi (IAESTE Co-Founder) to discuss:

  • The struggles Afghan communities face in the wake of increasingly frequent climate-induced natural disasters and hazards;
  • The intersections of climate change and gender;
  • And community solutions for a nature-based, resilient future post COVID-19. 

"Coming from 2001 up to today, it's less than 20 years, so how far Afghanistan has come as a fragile country and building its future itself has been a great progress and what Afghanistan in that context has done on climate action... is really astounding."

Andrew Scanlon, Technical Environment Expert


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