Policy Brief Series Issue 10: Climate change and climate policy induced relocations: A challenge for social justice - Recommendations of the Bielefeld Consultation

Jeanette Schade, Christopher McDowell, Elizabeth Ferris, Kerstin Schmidt, Giovanni Bettini, Carsten Felgentreff, François Gemenne, Arjun Patel, Jane Rovins, Robert Stojanov, Zakia Sultana and Angus Wright
Date Published: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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This policy brief is the result of an interdisciplinary research workshop with academics and practitioners, held at Bielefeld University in Germany on November 2014, in cooperation with COST Action IS1011 on Climate Change and Migration. The Bielefeld Consultation identified the need to raise awareness of the challenges of planned relocation as an adaptive strategy to climate change or as a consequence of climate policies. Acknowledging the risks and failures of planned relocation, the Consultation suggests principals and precautionary measures to ensure climate justice. And as a result of the Consultation, non-conclusive list of minimum standards for planned relocation are put forward for the consideration of policymakers and practitioners engaged in climate change adaptation and mitigation.