IOM and Human Mobility Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction

By Daniel Salmon & Lorenzo Guadagno

How do people move when hazards strike? Where do they go? Why do some wait longer than others to flee? Why do some need not to flee at all, and some are not able to go anywhere? How long do people wait to go back home? And how do all these decisions influence their lives in the long term?

Migration, human mobility, and loss and damage: are we ready for the next COP?

Pakistan © IOM/Chris Lom 2011 

By Daria Mokhnacheva

As country delegates, climate experts and observers gather in Warsaw for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties this week, it is time to look back at the progress made over the past year on some of the most significant areas of work laid out at the last UNFCCC talks in Doha.

One of the achievements in Doha of foremost interest to migration and human mobility was the adoption [hyperlink to article in previous newsletter on Climate Change Agenda and L&D of a decision on loss and damage mentioning migration, displacement and human mobility (decision 3/CP.18, paragraph 7.a.(vi)) . 

Building Institutional Strength for Migration and Climate Change in Colombia

Bogota City, Landsdcape. ©Elsa Garcia 2013

By Elsa Garcia and Daniel Fernandez

Colombia is taking steps towards the development of solutions to address the issue of migration associated with climate change. On the 3rd of October 2013, the IOM Colombia Climate Change Unit and the Ministry of the Environment and Development signed a cooperation agreement titled “Preparation for a National Study of Climate Change and Migration in Colombia.” The objective of the study is to “generate technical materials that support the incorporation of migration caused by climate change into current preparations for a national plan to adapt to climate change, and into sector-specific and territorial plans for this type of transition.”

Resilience Starts at Ground-Level

UNCCD photo contest 2013© Khalid Rayhan Shawon

By Barbara Bendandi

Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) driven by erosion, deforestation, poor agricultural practices and the increased pressure of a growing population destroy land and livelihoods. These phenomena are closely connected to migration, both as a cause, and as a consequence. Estimates suggest that as many as fifty million people are at risk of displacement in the next ten years, if land degradation is not appropriately addressed.