Climate and Security in the Sahel region

On Thursday, November 14th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association BASIS organized a program themed:


Climate and Security in the Sahel region


Draught, degradation and severe floods:  climate change is increasingly becoming a security issue.

The recent instabilities in the Sahel region, such as the uprisings in Mali and Nigeria and the civil war in Sudan, indicate a connection between climate change and security. The UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, Ibrahim Thiaw, described the Sahel as "arguably one of the most vulnerable [regions] to climate change."


















On November 14th, we focused on the Sahel, a region that spreads from East to West in Africa and divides the continent between the desert in the North and its tropical grounds in the South. We not only discussed the security implications of climate change for the Sahel, but also the implications for its surrounding regions such as North-Africa and the Mediterranean.


The former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, General Tom Middendorp was our keynote speaker. As the ‘green general of the Netherlands’ he shared his views on the topic and experiences with climate security.


Our other speaker was Liesbeth van der Heide, a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. She also works as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) where she coordinates ICCT's activities in the field of (counter-) terrorism in prison. Her main field of interest is stability in the Sahel, primarily Mali.


Read the full report here.




Thursday, November 14th


17.00- 19.00 h.


Tom Middendorp (Former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, HCSS)

Liesbeth van der Heide (Researcher & Lecturer Leiden University)

Akinyinka Akinyoade (Researcher Leiden University)


Leiden University Campus Wijnhaven, room 2.02, Turfmarkt 99, 2515 DC The Hague



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