Environmental migration is a fact. Most countries experience some form of migration associated with environmental and climate change, or forced immobility for those populations that end up trapped.
Mongolia – Nyamdulam and her family had been herders in Zavkhan Province, in remote north-west Mongolia for Nyamdulam’s whole life.
Already in her 70s, Rufina Moi was forced to leave the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, two years ago. A number of factors influenced her decision to leave behind her home, with the main one being land degradation: the declining area of land available to cultivate due to high population growth and sea-level rise.
Increasingly, as attention is being devoted to the human mobility and climate nexus, we hear more and more calls from various actors to design and implement policies for climate adaptation that include a migration component.
By Susanne Melde
“More important than the discussions on the regularization plan of immigrants is the impact of climate change in the Dominican Republic,” said the then IOM Chief of Mission Cy Winter at the opening ceremony of a training of policymakers on 13 July 2015 in Santo Domingo.
By Joe Lowry
Fish and rice. It’s a staple dish found on every street corner across Asia and the Pacific. From Biriyani to Kung Pao, from Kao Tom Pla to Nasi Goreng, from the underground Fijian Lovo ovens to Tandoori pots across South Asia, the region marches on a stomach filled with fish and rice.
By Dina Ionesco
World Environment Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the complex linkages that relate human beings to their environment. One in seven people on this planet is a migrant and the fact that they are on the move impacts the lives of billions more people.
By Dina Ionesco, Policy Officer, IOM
The slogan of this year Environment Day is “Raise your voice, not the sea level” and we are very pleased that our Newsletter offers a space for raising many different voices. Through these voices we want to highlight a diversity of visions, perspectives and opinions expressed by high level policy makers, researchers, lawyers, anthropologists, cultural activists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, IOM experts and even children. In response we are focussing on four key words in this issue: adaptation, abilities, alliances and action.
By Daria Mokhnacheva
Migration was first formally introduced into the negotiations on climate change under the Cancun Adaptation Framework in 2010, as paragraph 14(f) of the Cancun Agreements explicitly called for more research and coordinated efforts to address "climate change induced displacement, migration and planned relocation".
Another result of the Cancun talks was the establishment of a new Work Programme on Loss and Damage, opening doors to new areas of research and action, including in relation to climate-induced migration. Loss and damage is a relatively recent topic, and initially a controversial one, as it derives from the recognition that mitigation and adaptation efforts are likely to fail in many situations, inducing economic, social and cultural loss and damage from the negative impacts of climate change. Developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change are expected to be affected most
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