Training Workshops

Capacity-building Activities on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

IOM has launched a series of capacity-building trainings targeting mid to senior level policymakers and practitioners active in environmental and/or migration areas. The trainings seek to provide participants with a basic understanding of migration, environment and climate change concepts and terminology as well as concrete tools that can support national and regional policymaking processes.

This initiative is in line with the overall IOM’s goal to support the integration of human mobility issues within climate change and environmental policies, and, vice versa, the inclusion of climate and environmental concerns within migration processes.

The objectives of the training courses are to:

  1. Build the capacity of policymakers and practitioners, in order to factor migration into environmental and development policies, as well as climate change adaptation strategies, and to take environmental change into account in comprehensive migration management policies at the national level;
  2. Facilitate policy exchange in migration, environment and climate change among policymakers and practitioners.

 

 

Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean
Capacity Building Workshop in Namibia

14 - 15 March 2017
Windhoek, Namibia

 

Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region have been adversely affected by climate change in recent years. In parallel, various forms of migration have been observed in the Southern African region, from forced migration in reaction to sudden-onset disasters to permanent, temporary or circular migration directly linked to slow-onset environmental events. Policymakers in the region increasingly demand more evidence on the inter-linkages between climate change, environmental degradation, natural disasters and human migration. In response to the expressed needs, the IOM Development Fund (IDF) is supporting four countries in the region (Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Namibia) through a regional project with a view to foster better understanding and awareness, build the evidence base and reinforce the capacity of policymakers and practitioners across different sectors, in order to inform the formulation of related national and regional policy and operational planning.
 
In the context of this IOM regional project, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and IOM launched the project on migration, environment and climate change in Namibia on 14 March 2017. The project’s launch was attended by more than 40 participants from key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as by representatives of the wider UN family in Namibia. The launch was followed by a capacity building workshop on migration, environment and climate change (MECC).
 
In Namibia, the impact of the recent drought has made communities more vulnerable to food insecurity, putting the livelihoods of many families at risk and heightening the possibility of relocation to urban areas. The workshop allowed to define priorities and to inform the development of the nationwide migration, environment and climate change country profile scheduled to be released at the end of 2017.

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean
Capacity Building Workshop in Madagascar
 21 - 23 February 2017
Antananarivo, Madagascar

 

   

 

Countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean are affected by a wide variety of climate impacts, due to the diversity of landscapes and ecosystems of the region. In parallel, various forms of migration are occurring within these countries, from forced migration in reaction to sudden-onset disasters to permanent, temporary or circular migration directly linked to slow-onset environmental events, such as desertification or coastal erosion. Policymakers in the region increasingly demand more evidence on the interlinkages between climate change, environmental degradation, natural disasters and human migration. In response to expressed needs, the IOM Development Fund (IDF) is supporting four countries in the region (Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, and Namibia) through a regional project with a view to foster better understanding and awareness, build the evidence base and reinforce the capacity of policymakers and practitioners across different sectors, in order to inform the formulation of related national and regional policy and operational planning.

In the context of this regional project, the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests and IOM organised a two-and-a-half-day capacity building workshop in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 21-23 February 2017. The event was opened and closed by the new Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests. The workshop brought together participants working in different governmental sectors, including water, mines, disaster risk reduction and management and conservation among others, along with civil society, research entities and international organizations representatives. The workshop allowed to define priorities in order to inform the development of the nationwide migration, environment and climate change evaluation exercise, scheduled to take place later in 2017.

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National Policymaker Training Workshop on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Azerbaijan
2-4 May 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

 

 

The three-day capacity building workshop for policymakers presented key conceptual, terminological, legal and policy-related issues around migration, environment and climate change in the country and worldwide, and provided examples of concrete tools to support national policy making in Azerbaijan. 

The sessions were delivered by Daria Mokhnacheva (MECC Division, HQ) and Vassiliy Yuzhanin (Regional Office in Vienna) from IOM, and national experts Dr. Gulchohra Aliyeva (Research Fellow, Environment, ADA University), Mr. Yagub Yagubov (Head of Analysis of Migration Processes and Information Support Division at the State Migration Service), Mr. Gulmali Suleymanov (Director of Department of National Hydrometeorology, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources), and Dr. Sadiga Mehdizadeh (Visiting Research Fellow, Law, ADA University). For details, please see the workshop agenda (EN) and the flyer (Russian)

Over twenty participants attended the workshop, including government officials from Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Migration Service, Ministry of Emergency Situations and the State Statistical Committee as well as those from academic institutions such as Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Baku State University and the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment of ADA University.

The workshop identified key priority areas for Azerbaijan, including:

  • improving the understanding and assessment of risks and vulnerabilities associated with sudden onset disasters;
  • assessing the potential for planned relocation;
  • reviewing existing policy and legal frameworks, in particular in relation to cross-border displacement following natural disasters, and identify possible ways to strengthen these frameworks and to integrate good practices from other countries;
  • strengthening further the capacity of key institutions and actors in Azerbaijan to address these issues at the national and local levels;
  • raising the awareness of communities and key institutions regarding risks, rights and relevant support mechanisms;
  • supporting adaptation through improved environmental management in areas exposed to degradation so as to limit the pressure to migrate out of those areas.

The workshop was funded by the IOM Development Fund, organized by IOM Baku and IOM HQ, and was the first IOM MECC capacity building workshop conducted in Russian.

 

 

Thematic Panel and Training Workshop on “Migration, Environment and Climate Change in the lead up to COP22”
22-24 March 2016
Rabat, Morocco


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In preparation for COP22, a Thematic Panel on Migration, Environment and Climate Change brought together key ministerial partners as well as representatives from NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and the academia. This event was followed by the organization of the first specialized training workshop on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Rabat, funded by the IOM Development Fund. Both events were of particular significance considering that Morocco is organizing the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on November 2016.

Morocco experiences many different forms of migration as a country of origin, transit and destination with large occurrence of internal migration; whilst being hit by a variety of climate and environmental impacts, such as desertification, floods etc. The workshop demonstrated that there is a strong interest in better understanding the evidence on the climate migration nexus and a willingness to work across policy areas to find concrete solutions. In that respect, the workshop focused on identifying concrete follow up action in Morocco to support COP22 and Morocco’s Chairmanship of the COP throughout 2017.
 
The training workshop was organized by IOM Rabat, IOM Headquarters and the Ministry of Moroccan’s Abroad.
For more information on the event and COP22, please consult:

For more information on the linkages between migration, environment and climate change in Morocco, please consult MECC Policy Brief in English or French

 

"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)"
Papua New Guinea Policymaker Capacity Building Workshop on Migration, Environment, Climate Change
26-28 October 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea

For details, please see the workshop flyer (EN)
 

 
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The three day training workshop offered policymakers with the latest knowledge on migration, environment and climate change, with interactive sessions which focused on sharing the knowledge of participants and discussing best practices. The sessions were delivered by MECLEP partner, Julia Blocher of University of Liège and Sciences Po, Paris, IOM MECLEP and PNG team, USAID Pacific as well as policymakers from Madang, Bougainville and the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD).
 
Protracted displacement due to disasters, planned relocation and land issues, and the development of a comprehensive migration and environment policy were identified as the key priority areas for PNG. The final day offered ample space to develop a roadmap for policymaking in the priority areas and participants stressed the importance of working across sectors and ministries. The workshop was the fourth policymaker training in the framework of the EU funded MECLEP project, following workshops in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Kenya earlier this year. The event was co-organized with PNG's Office of Climate Change and Development and co-funded by the IOM Development Fund. 

Training Modules

  1. Concepts : The migration and environment nexus by Julia Blocher (University of Liège and Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po)) and Sieun Lee (IOM Geneva) 

  2. Disasters and mobility by Sieun Lee (IOM Geneva) and George Gigauri (Chief of Mission, IOM Papua New Guinea)

  3. Mobility and slow processes of environmental change by Julia Blocher (University of Liège and Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po)) and Jonah Auka (Office of Climate Change and Development)

  4. Data issues by Julia Blocher (University of Liège and Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po)) and John Connell (University of Sydney)

  5. Policy frameworks and options by Sieun Lee (IOM Geneva)

  6. Integrating Mobility into National Climate Change Adaptation Plans by Sieun Lee (IOM Geneva)

 

 

"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)"
Kenya Policymaker Capacity Building Workshop on Migration, Environment, Climate Change
10-12 August 2015
Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

For details, please see the workshop flyer (EN)

  
 
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In coordination with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a European Union (EU)-funded three-day IOM training workshop on migration, environment and climate change policy took place in Nairobi from 10 to 12 August. The training workshop was co-funded by the IOM Development Fund and was facilitated by several national experts, the MECLEP partner Bielefeld University, the MECLEP team as well as the regional IOM office in Nairobi. 

In recent years the increased intensity and varying frequency of natural disasters and environmental degradation pose a high risk for the displacement of the populations. It presents new challenges in managing migration and forced displacement resulting from these environmental and climate changes. Kenya has been facing some of these natural disasters such as floods, landslides, storms as well as drought. Almost a quarter of land in Kenya faces severe to very severe threat of desertification. Pastoralists are one of the most affected groups as the land resources shrink and rain-fed agriculture becomes untenable. Urbanization places additional pressure on the environment and the resources. In Kenya the urbanization rate for the next 5 years is predicted at 4.15 per cent.

The workshop provided a fora for discussions on how to develop viable and specific solutions and policies to transform such voluntary and forced movements into well-managed human mobility that would enhance the resilience of individuals and the communities. During the workshop, a Training Manual on Migration, Environment and Climate Change specifically developed for the MECLEP project was tested and validated. The manual is a facilitator’s guide providing a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into environmental policies, climate change and adaptation strategies. Its standardized but adaptable curriculum, which integrates group discussions and exercises, is based on state-of-the-art migration and environment knowledge and practices. This participatory training tool will be available in several languages to respond to the global demand for trained experts and will allow IOM to deliver regular workshops at the request of Member States.

The workshop precedes the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Paris in December 2015. The Convention will address integration of human mobility into the expected Paris Agreement.

Training Modules

  1. Concepts : The migration and environment nexus by Susanne Melde (IOM Geneva) 

  2. Disasters and mobility by Robert Odhiambo, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (IOM RO Nairobi) and Susanne Melde (IOM Geneva) 

  3. Mobility and slow processes of environmental change by Benard Oppa (NEMA) and  Dr. Jeanette Schade  
    (Bielefeld University)

  4. Data issues by Dr. Jeanette Schade (Bielefeld University) and Dr. George Odipo (Population Studies and Research Institute (PSRI), University of Nairobi)

  5. Legal perspectives by Patrick Bonyonte (Kenya National Commission on Human Rights) and Paola Pace (IOM RO Nairobi) 

  6. Regional focus by Dr. John Oucho (AMADPOC) and Petra Neumann (IOM RO Nairobi)

  7. Policy frameworks and options / Integrating mobility into national climate change by Susanne Melde (IOM Geneva)

 

 

"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)"
Dominican Republic Policymaker Capacity Building Workshop on Migration, Environment, Climate Change
13-15 July 2015
Hotel Barcelo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

For details, please see the workshop flyer (ES)
 

 

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A European Union (EU)-funded three-day IOM training workshop on migration, environment and climate change policy took place in Dominican Republic from 13 to 15 July. The training workshop was co-funded by the IOM Development Fund and was facilitated by MECLEP partner FLACSO Costa Rica, as well as the regional IOM office in San José and RESAMA.

Some 25 participants from ministries, universities and civil society attended the event, which was designed to build the capacity of experts and practitioners to integrate the migration-environment nexus into policy-making. Dominican Republic is among the world's 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change, but lack public awareness. The result of the training was to demystify the term migration, which is commonly linked to Haitian immigration. This overlooks the importance of internal movements linked to environmental degradation and the country being an emigration country.

During the workshop, a Training Manual on Migration, Environment and Climate Change specifically developed for the MECLEP project was tested and validated. The manual is a facilitator’s guide providing a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into environmental policies, climate change and adaptation strategies. Its standardized but adaptable curriculum, which integrates group discussions and exercises, is based on state-of-the-art migration and environment knowledge and practices. This participatory training tool will be available in several languages to respond to the global demand for trained experts and will allow IOM to deliver regular workshops at the request of Member States.

The workshop precedes the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Paris in December 2015. The Convention will address integration of human mobility into the expected Paris Agreement.

 

Training Modules

  1. Concepts : The migration and environment nexus by Guillermo Lathrop (FLACSO Costa Rica) and Susanne Melde (IOM) 

  2. Disasters and mobility by Andrés Botero (IOM Santo Domingo)

  3. Mobility and slow processes of environmental change by Federico Grullon (National Council on Climate Change) and Ricardo Cordero (IOM San José) 

  4. Legal perspectives by Ricardo Burrattino Felix (RESAMA Brazil) and Alicia Sangro Blasco (IOM Santo Domingo) 

  5. Regional focus by Ricardo Cordero (IOM San José) 

  6. Data issues by Guillermo Lathrop (FLACSO Costa Rica), Susanne Melde (IOM) and Amadeo Escarramàn (MECLEP research team) 

  7. Policy frameworks and options / Integrating mobility into national climate change by Susanne Melde (IOM)

 

 

"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)"
Haiti Policymaker Capacity Building Workshop on Migration, Environment, Climate Change
8-10 July 2015
Ouanga Bay Beach Hotel Boutique, Haiti

For details, please see the workshop flyer (FR)

  
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A European Union (EU)-funded three-day IOM training workshop on migration, environment and climate change policy took place in Haiti from 8 to 10 July.  The Haiti workshop was facilitated by experts from United Nations University, Institute for the Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), partner of the MECLEP project. 

Some 25 participants from ministries, universities and civil society attended the event, which was designed to build the capacity of experts and practitioners to integrate the migration-environment nexus into policy-making. Haiti is among the world's 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change, but lack public awareness. The training in Haiti was linked to the action plan of its draft national migration policy: the country being the first in the region to integrate environment and climate change in its migration policy and to mainstream migration into its position on climate change negotiations. 

During the workshop, a Training Manual on Migration, Environment and Climate Change specifically developed for the MECLEP project was tested and validated. The manual is a facilitator’s guide providing a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into environmental policies, climate change and adaptation strategies. Its standardized but adaptable curriculum, which integrates group discussions and exercises, is based on state-of-the-art migration and environment knowledge and practices. This participatory training tool will be available in several languages to respond to the global demand for trained experts. Previously, IOM has conducted three regional training workshops and one national workshop on this topic since 2013. The manual will allow IOM to deliver regular workshops at the request of Member States.

The workshop precedes the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Paris in December 2015​. The Convention will address integration of human mobility into the expected Paris Agreement.

Training Modules

  1. Concepts : The migration and environment nexus by Andrea Milan (UNU-EHS) and Susanne Melde (IOM)

  2. Disasters and mobility by Jean Franck Junior Charles Pierre (Ministry of the Interior) and Emmanuel Noel (IOM Haiti)

  3. Mobility and slow processes of environmental change by Jean Fanfan Jourdain (Director of Climate Change Direction, Ministry of Environment) and Jean Labonté Delicieux (IOM Haiti)

  4. Data issues by Emmanuelle Deryce (IOM Haiti) and Andrea Milan (UNU-EHS)

  5. Legal perspectives by Susanne Melde (IOM)

  6. Policy frameworks and options / Integrating mobility into national climate change by Susanne Melde (IOM)

 

 

South America Training for Policy Makers and Experts on Migration, Environment, Climate Change
28-30 October 2014

 

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The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosted a three-day training workshop on migration-environment nexus. The training was delivered by IOM in partnership with UNCCD; UNISDR; UNESCO; PAHO; The University of Neuchâtel; The South American Network for Environmental Migration (RESAMA); and the Latin American Association of Population (ALAP). 

Climate change and environmental degradation presents us with new challenges in managing migration and population displacement. This short training workshop focused on the complex issue of managing migration in the context of climate and environmental change, a cross-cutting issue linked to many policy areas including migration, adaptation, environment, development, health, and disaster risk reduction. 

This intensive training workshop provided an up to date and comprehensive understanding of migration in the context of climate change, delivered by high level experts. The training course brought together participants with different backgrounds and national perspectives, providing an opportunity to share country experiences and practices, and to strengthen regional policy dialogue. This regional training represents the third undertaken by IOM, and the first time that migration, climate and health have been integrated in a training module. 

Training Modules

  1. Concepts, Evidence and Issues by Susana B Adamo (ALAP) and Susanne Melde (IOM)
  2. Legal Focus by Erika Pires Ramos (RESAMA) and Anne Althaus (IOM)
  3. Regional Focus by Elizabeth Warn (IOM)
  4. Climate, land degradation and Migration by Heitor Matallo (UNCCD)
  5. Public Policies in human mobility, environment, climate change and adaptation  by Susanne Melde (IOM)
  6. Human Mobility, resilience, and disaster risk reduction by Julio Garcia (UNISDR) and Lorenzo Guadagno (IOM)
  7. Health, Climate Change and Migration by Marcelo Korc (PAHO) and Carlos Van Der Laat (IOM)

Module Infosheets (Spanish only)

 

 

Enhancing Capacities of Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Sub Saharan Africa
United Republic of Tanzania
11-13 March 2014

 

   
All photos © IOM, 2014 

IOM offered its second regional training with a focus on East Africa, bringing together policymakers from both the migration and climate areas.

A total of 27 participants from seven countries (the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Mauritius, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda), two regional organizations (the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), IOM staff from Geneva Headquarters, the Kenya Regional Office, the Kenya Country Office, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda and participants representing the NGO CARE and Oxford University attended the workshop.

Feedback collected from the participants indicated a high level of overall satisfaction and highlighted the relevance for IOM to continue offering concrete capacity-building activities.

The training was hosted by the African Capacity Building Center (ACBC) located in Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.

Output 
A report comprising a regional overview of migration, environment and climate change issues in East Africa as well as policy recommendations from the policymakers who attended the workshop has been produced. The documents are available on www.dropbox.com/sh/okjcaxkbikp4eg0/cmpjHGOFa0

Trainers
The training was delivered by experts from CARE, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the University of Oxford.

Partners
The training was held in partnership with and with the financial support of the Government Office for Science, United Kingdom (Foresight). 

 

IOM-Ministry of Environment National Workshop
“Building a Conceptual Framework for Migration and Climate Change”

Republic of Colombia
28-29 November 2013

                                   
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As part of a signed Memorandum of Understanding, IOM Colombia and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MESD) organized a workshop to help develop a conceptual framework to address migration and climate change. 22 participants attended the event, including representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Agency for Disaster Risk Management, Private and State Universities, IDEAM, Production sector research institutes and Civil society (national and international NGOs and IOs). New concepts and information debated by the participants have helped to raise awareness and improve understanding of the economic, environmental and social processes that influence population movement in the context of climate change and climate variability. 

Output 
A report presenting the national challenges and offering strategic recommendations has been produced and circulated.

Trainers
The workshop was facilitated by experts from the Andean University, the Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales de Colombia (IDEAM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (MADS), and independent experts.

Partners
The workshop was held in partnership with and with the financial support of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (MADS).

 

 

Asia-Pacific Training for Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Adaptation
Republic of Korea
21-23 March 2013

 


© IOM, 2013 

IOM conducted a pilot training for policymakers and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific on the migration, environment and climate change nexus.

The training gathered 20 government officials from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of Maldives, Mongolia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Korea, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Vanuatu and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Participants included policymakers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds, such as climate change adaptation, development, disaster risk reduction, environment, foreign affairs, labour, migration, etc.

The training was hosted by the IOM Migration Research and Training Centre located in Ilsan, Republic of Korea.

 

  
All photos © IOM, 2013 

Output
This workshop allowed IOM to pilot test its training tools and methodology and adjust them following participants’ feedback.

Trainers
Experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the International Institute for Humanitarian Law (IIHL), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the University of Oxford, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and the United Nations University (UNU-EHS).

Partners
The training was held in partnership with and with the financial support of the Government Office for Science, United Kingdom (Foresight), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).