International Conference and Networking Event on Climate and Environmental Change and Human Mobility

Event Date: 
Friday, June 28, 2019

Place: Bonn, Germany

The international conference and networking event will have three main parts:

  • In the morning the focus will be on presenting and discussing how both the slow and sudden-onset impacts of climate change are affecting human mobility, and the risks that can arise in such contexts for host and destination communities.
  • The lunch break will provide participants with the opportunity to walk around a “marketplace of ideas”, where they can meet and network with different organisations and institutions that work on climate change and migration.
  • The afternoon will focus on the response side. To allow for more in-depth discussions, the participants will split up into working groups. In the final session, all the groups will reconvene and a rapporteur from each working group will present the highlights of their discussion to everyone.

External experts, research team members and delegation members will provide important inputs for the discussion in the morning and the afternoon. GIZ, adelphi and IOM will identify key guiding questions to guide the discussions, in particular for the response sessions in the afternoon. To complement this exchange and to increase the opportunities for networking during the event, adelphi and IOM will share the main findings from their current research, and GIZ and other partners will present the results of their work.

Participants are set to include delegations from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Philippines.

The international conference is being hosted by the Global Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) “Sustainable Management of Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change”; commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); and the research project “Environmental degradation, climate change and migration: Global review of research and forecasts”, implemented by adelphi and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and German Environment Agency (UBA).

The GIZ programme “Sustainable Management of Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change” is operating in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Philippines. Its mandate is to identify and address knowledge gaps concerning climate-induced human mobility in cooperation with regional organizations, national governments, researchers and civil society working in the field of climate change and human mobility. Based on the knowledge gathered and created, the programme is developing appropriate policy approaches for the sustainable management of human mobility in the context of climate change. To promote exchange between the stakeholders in the regions, GIZ is welcoming delegations from the three partner regions to Bonn this year. 

The research project by adelphi and IOM is also concerned with current and future developments in environmental and climate change-related migration. The three resulting studies analyse human mobility in the context of environmental and climate change, and highlight policy implications and possible responses.