In the Philippines, a relief effort of giant proportions and fiendishly complicated logistics is under way

Aerial view of the devastated city of Tacloban. © IOM 2013 (Photo by Conrad Navidad)

By Leonard Doyle

With banner headlines already decrying the slow pace of aid in the Philippines, there was palpable relief when, at a packed briefing for aid agencies, it was announced that piped water had been restored in Tacloban, the city brought to its knees by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Impact of Remittances on Deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa

© Greenpeace 2010 Ardiles Rante

By Alexandra Tapsoba

Alexandra Tapsoba, currently interning for the IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change Team, is conducting a research within the framework of her post graduate studies at Clermont-Ferrand University on a little known topic: the correlation between remittances and deforestation in Sub-Saharan African countries. Remittances are known to be an important source of income for these countries and are often understood as a positive force that can contribute to national and local development[1].   Remittances can also be used to reduce food insecurity in the beneficiary communities, notably by supporting agricultural activities. However, it is important to look into adverse effects of these monetary transfers.

Adaptation, Adaptation, Adaptation; Migration, Climate Change and National Adaptation Plans in South America

"Melting glaciers are among the most noticeable effects of climate change in South America, Aconcagua, Argentina" © Daria Mokhnacheva 2008

By Elizabeth Warn

Adaptation, Adaptation, Adaptation:  If there was one call made by experts and panelists in the 1st Symposium for Climate Change and decision makers, held in Montevideo on the 8th October of this year[1], it was that further focus is required on adaptation and climate change, and not just mitigation measures, and that further analysis is needed of the social, and not just financial impacts of climate change, in South America and Latin America as a whole.