BLOGS

Conference: Meeting of the Americas on Climate Change, Bogota

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 19:11

Conferene report - Meeting of the Americas on Climate Change

Location: Bogota
Date: 20 to 23 September 2015

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Seminar: "Migration as Adaptation to Environmental and Climate Change"

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 22:50

Seminar: Migration as adaptation to environmental and climate change: Evidence and policy
Date: 13 November 2015
Location: IOM GMDAC, Berlin, Germany

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Climate Change, and the Links to Human Mobility Must be on the agenda for the Dominican Republic

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 19:07
“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.
 
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Providing Evidence for Policymaking

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 19:04

There have been an increasing number of publications on the effects of environmental change on migration in recent years[1]. However, has research captured and reflected the policy needs and interest of countries affected by “environmental migration”?

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Conference: The Implications of Climate Change for Defence

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 21:36

Migration and displacement were repeatedly mentioned among the greatest security challenges posed by climate change at an international high-level event organized by the French Ministry of Defence on October 14th, 2015 in Paris.

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Environmental and migratory consequences of the Vietnam War

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 21:24

Over the last five decades, the Lower Mekong Basin has been the scene of major human and environmental upheavals, especially in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam where sustained political instability degenerated into major armed conflicts and significant migrations. The Vietnam War, whether official in Vietnam, or secret in Laos, arguably played a decisive role in the extensive deforestation observed from c. 1960 to c. 1980 in the Lower Mekong Basin. Deliberate massive removal of vegetation by bombing and chemical spraying was a military tactic to deny cover and land to opposition forces. In Laos only, from 1953 onward, approximately 1 million people were displaced, successively escaping the war, the communist takeover or following resettlement policies.

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The role of Migration as an adaptation strategy in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 21:22

The environmental migration discourse has been overtly focused on the impacts of environmental variability on migration patterns. However, the role of migration in the context of adaptation such as financial and social remittances, and the influence of social networks, has received little empirical research attention. 

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The Conditions of Hospitality: Pro-Poor Migration as a justice oriented ‘solution’ to climate displacement

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 21:19

Conceptual and practical difficulties have hampered the ability to create clear normative approaches to climate-induced movement. Scholars and policy-makers have pointed to the multi-causality of migration and the impossibility of pinpointing ‘climate’ as a primary or definitive driver of movement. Debate over whether to classify such movement as economic opportunity or a form of forced displacement requiring the development of protection categories has stalled decision-making. 

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Government discourses of climate change migration in Tuvalu and Kiribati

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 21:11

In low-lying countries of the Pacific, discussions concerning climate change as a trigger for migration have been contentious and fuelled by emotion and varying levels of sensitivity. In a recent discussion of the factors influencing the decision for migration in outer island communities in Tuvalu and Kiribati, Smith (2013: 23) posited: ‘Should they stay or should they go?

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Anticipating migration stimulated by accelerated environmental degradation

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 21:09

There has been no shortage of meetings debating the potential impacts of accelerated environmental degradation that is linked with global warming.  In the Pacific region alone there have been major meetings addressing climate-change related issues over the past three months in New Zealand (Pacific Parliamentarian Forum), Australia (The Refugee Council of Australia), Cook Islands (Nansen Initiative), Solomon Islands (Pacific Council of Churches), and Kiribati (the President’s public consultation).

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