METHODS AND OUTCOMES

From villages sharing rivers to agencies sharing jurisdiction to countries sharing borders, a process for reflection and discourse is essential to understand the underlying forces at play and to overcome a nagging impasse. The Institute identifies, coordinates, and translates climate expertise to advance the peace-building efforts of leaders, communities, and governments.  It responds directly to the practical needs of impacted communities and supports and advances human security in relevant spaces. 

Specifically, ICP:

EDUCATES IMPACTED STAKEHOLDERS AND YOUNG LEADERS ABOUT EVOLVING CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ON EFFORTS TO BUILD PEACE. 

  • Generates and compiles geographically and sector-relevant climate-related data.

  • Conducts outreach activities—such as workshops and webinars—that link Institute expertise directly to opportunities and challenges facing vulnerable communities.

  • Provides opportunities to prepare students and future leaders for roles in the fields of climate resilience, policy, and planning.

FACILITATES DIALOGUE BETWEEN COMMUNITIES FACING EMERGING THREATS AND NEGOTIATE TRANSFORMATIVE RESPONSES THAT ENHANCE PEACE AND SOLIDARITY. 

  • Drafts and employs diverse peace-building curricula to bridge uncommon allies or communities at odds.

  • Facilitates partnerships that pioneer best practices in climate adaptation and peace-building, that strengthen energy and food security, and that sustain resilient communities.

  • Provides special briefings and technical support to agencies, organizations, and individuals as they negotiate responses to avoid contention and build cooperation.

COLLABORATIVELY CRAFTS specific climate adaptation policy solutions that allow communities using peace models to thrive amid uncertainty.

  • Co-designs tailored policy responses to enhance resilience and support peace, drawing from a growing library of “best practice” mitigation and adaptation solution sets as well as positive peacebuilding process structures.

  • Prepares and disseminates policy papers that address climate threats, water and agricultural resources, energy, community development, and human health for legislative bodies, agencies, and private entities.

To achieve these peace-driven approaches to climate and climate-conscious approaches to peace, the Institute introduces innovative and tested methods to emergent events.  It applies systems thinking to identify high leverage interventions and design thinking to craft solutions that start and end with the needs of the individuals and communities responding directly to the circumstances at hand. 

ICP also serves as a hub of best practice and actively engages institutions of higher learning, governments, centers, communities, and non-governmental organizations to encourage innovative policies and projects in response to failing ecosystems and compromised human and natural environments.