Identifying Climate Adaptive Solutions to Displacement in Somalia

Author: 
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Publisher: 
IOM
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Year of Publication: 
2021

 

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The climate in Somalia is projected to become drier, warmer, more erratic, and more extreme than in recent decades and thus less favourable to crop, livestock, fisheries, and forestry-based livelihood systems. Other likely impacts include reduction of vegetation for grazing and more variable water availability, with grave impacts on livestock herding and livelihoods. Rising sea temperatures and acidification will reduce fish stocks and change their distribution. In a context of slow-onset natural hazard and environmental degradation, households and entire communities may have no other choice but to leave their place of origin in search of a more inhabitable area.

This study explores the interaction(s) between climate change, displacement and urbanisation.

The objective is to answer a dual question, in the context of the Somali cities of Baidoa and Kismayo: What factors trigger  climate-induced migration? What adaptive and transformative solutions may contribute to building resilience amid displacement and climate change – at the community and policy levels?