Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement

Location: Pacific Island Countries of Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
Lead Agency: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
Implementing partners: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD)
Donor: European Union (DG INTPA)
Total funding: EUR 3.2 million 
Duration: August 2019 – April 2022
In the Pacific, at least 50,000 Islanders are at risk of being displaced by the impact of disasters and climate change each year.

In these countries, where almost all major services, settlement and tourism infrastructure are coastal, cyclones, sea-level rise and coastal flooding pose severe economic risks. Some island states–including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Vanuatu–are working to improve their resilience to disasters by strengthening their early warning systems to save lives and protect property in low-lying coastal areas. But these will not be sufficient for dealing with the long-term impacts of future natural hazards and the displacement they cause.

This project aims to support regional and national efforts to reduce the risk and impact of disaster displacement on persons at risk of being displaced in developing small islands states in the Pacific.

Implementing Global Policies on Environmental Migration and Disaster Displacement in West Africa

Location: West Africa
Lead Agency: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Partners: Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Donor: Government of France
Duration: February 2020 - September 2022
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) and with the generous support of the Government of France, is leading a project on “Implementing Global Policies on Environmental Migration and Disaster Displacement in West Africa”. In this project, IOM also works with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Bank. This project (February 2020 - July 2022) is part of a longer-term engagement of IOM, France, PDD and UNHCR on the topic in West Africa.

Transformative human mobilities in a changing climate

Location: Australia and Pacific Island Countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu 
ResearchersDr Karen McNamara, University of Queensland; Dr Carol Farbotko, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Griffith University and University of Melbourne; Dr Celia McMichael, The University of Melbourne; Dr Fanny Thornton, University of Canberra; Dr Olivia Dun, The University of Melbourne; Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Australian National University
Partners organisationsInternational Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC)
Duration: 3 years (2019-2022)
Fundining organisation: Australian Research Council and in-kind support from partner organisations

In the Pacific Islands, the impacts of climate change join persistent human development challenges as inter-linked factors that threaten human well-being. This project aims to investigate the potential for diverse forms of human mobility to provide solutions to the new nexus of adaptation and development challenges. Policy analysis and in-depth case study research, conducted across five countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Australia), aims to inform the creation of a conceptual framework that integrates mobility with climate change adaptation and development goals, policy and practice. This should provide significant contributions to shaping more sustainable futures for people displaced, relocated or migrating in the face of climate change across the region. 



Mainstreaming environmental dimensions into reintegration support to reduce the effects of climate change on migration in West Africa

Lead Agency: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France
Location: Dakar, Senegal; West Africa; and Global level
Duration: 19 months

This project is an innovative response to international policy commitments to address the environmental drivers of migration, such as those made in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular migration (GCM) in 2018, and international commitments made by EU and African States at the Valletta Summit on migration (2015), to “improve cooperation on return and sustainable reintegration.” This project also supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda and the work of the Platform on Disaster Displacement.



Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)

 The European Union-funded “Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy” (MECLEP) project was implemented between January 2014 and March 2017.