The Migration, Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief Series seeks to contribute to the current global knowledge base by providing reliable and precise information on the topic of migration and environmental change, including climate change. Its objective is also to present related and appropriate policy options by identifying recommendations, good practices and lessons learned to harness the positive impacts of migration in adapting to environmental changes.
The Policy Brief Series is a reader-friendly online publication intended for policymakers and other stakeholders working in the field of migration, environment and climate change adaptation policies.
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Policy Brief Series Issue 2: Remittances and disaster: Policy implications for disaster risk management
Remittances sent to low-income countries have been noticeably increasing, and for the households of these countries, remittances often represent an important source of income. During and after disasters, remittances may become even more important to deal with emergency and recovery needs.
Drawing on a research project based in Samoa and New Zealand, this Brief provides potential policy options to integrate remittances within current disaster risk management practices. This Brief identifies the need to take into account remittance flows when designing and implementing post-disaster interventions as well as some policy measures adopted during disasters that occurred in Samoa and in other countries, and which could be replicated in other comparable settings. This Brief calls for a better understanding of the role and impacts of remittances for both receivers and senders, and also calls for greater collaboration between governments, aid agencies and the private sector.
The release of this issue is timely, considering the wide acknowledgement of increasing importance of remittances in building community resilience and facilitating disaster recovery in the draft document, to be approved at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14–18 March 2015).
Policy Brief Series Issue 1: Livelihoods Under Stress: Critical Assets and Mobility Outcomes in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam
Global environmental change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, as reflected by the increasing numbers of related policies and interventions. This policy brief seeks to contribute to the discourse with findings and reflections based on empirical research from the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam (Chun, 2014), by advocating for a holistic approach to adaptation and resilience-building; one acknowledging the complex nature of vulnerability and mobility processes and outcomes in contexts of environmental stress.