How relevant is climate change for Swiss security policy?

April 3, 2018

Extreme weather events, rising global market prices and supply bottlenecks: regions in, for example, Africa or southern Europe with economic or political ties to Switzerland are being increasingly affected by the impact of climate change. Will this trigger rising security risks in Switzerland? A study identifies the key causal chains and outlines possible ways in which Swiss security policy can react to the indirect effects of climate change. Switzerland is in a strong position through its know-how in preventing and managing natural hazards as well as cross-border water management.


The study aims to support Swiss security policy in identifying climate-induced security risks at an early stage and taking adequate preventive measures. (Photo: Keystone)
The study aims to support Swiss security policy in identifying climate-induced security risks at an early stage and taking adequate preventive measures. (Photo: Keystone)

Would you like to know more? If so, read Study, conducted by INFRAS at the request of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The authors of the study analyse a number of factors including how relevant the different causal chains of global climate change are for Swiss security policy and how policymakers could take a proactive stance against climate-induced security risks.

The relevance of climate change for Swiss security policy


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Anik Kohli Senior Project Manager
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