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26 October 2021
Question for written answer  E-004838/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jaak Madison (ID), Angel Dzhambazki (ECR), Andrey Slabakov (ECR), Nicolaus Fest (ID), Laura Huhtasaari (ID), Filip De Man (ID), Guido Reil (ID), Susanna Ceccardi (ID), Athanasios Konstantinou (NI), Hermann Tertsch (ECR), Maximilian Krah (ID), Herve Juvin (ID), Joachim Kuhs (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Climate change mitigation policies creating a breeding ground for terrorism

In December 2020, the European Union Institute for Security Studies published a short study on the fight against climate change and the effect this has on fuelling terrorism, specifically in the Sahel region(1).

According to the study, the argument that environmental changes exacerbate violence, conflict and terrorism cannot be proven or confirmed. In fact, the study even goes so far as to state that environmental protection programmes in the Sahel region have contributed to exacerbating terrorism. The study concludes that one-size-fits-all approaches to environmental challenges and climate change mitigation are ‘recipes for disaster’. The tension created by top-down climate policies has created a ‘fertile ground for terrorist groups’ in, for example, Burkina Faso.

1. Is the Commission aware of this study and what steps, if any, has it taken to investigate the effect that climate policy has on exacerbating violence and terrorism, specifically in the Sahel region?

2. Does it agree with the finding that environmental changes cannot be proven to exacerbate conflict? If not, what scientific proof does it have to the contrary?

3. What steps is it taking to ensure that climate policy does not exacerbate local and regional conflicts, as well as terrorism?

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