Training Manual

Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitators’ Guide)


In 2011, IOM’s Member States focused on the need to develop capacity on this theme at an inter-sessional workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration in March. Capacity needs in three main areas were identified: “building knowledge and improving data collection; strengthening policy, institutional, administrative and legal frameworks; and reinforcing operational and technical capacities.”

IOM’s Programme and Activities on Capacity Building on Migration, Environment, Climate Change are in line with Paragraph 14(f) of the Cancun Adaptation Framework, which first brought the notion of human mobility to international climate negotiations, the Paris Agreement and COP21 Decision, and the Marrakesh Accords on Capacity Building in developing countries (Decision 2/CP.7).

To respond to the increasing urgency to address human mobility and climate change, IOM has developed a standardized Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitator’s Guide).

The Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitators’ Guide) provides an in-depth overview on the concepts of the migration-environment nexus, mobility and disasters and slow-onset events, data, legal issues, regional perspectives, and a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into policies including climate change adaptation policies. The Training Manual was developed through a process of collaboration with MECLEP partners, experts and policymakers and has been pilot tested in seven countries before its release.

This participatory training tool is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Azerbaijani to respond to the global demand and allow to build capacities of States.


Objectives and Focus

The Training Manual – developed as part of a global project to build evidence and capacity on the issue – seek to address the following objectives:

  1. deepen understanding of the key concepts and issues;
  2. stimulate  and equip policymakers to reflect on policy options available and examples of good practice;
  3. facilitate policy dialogue across policy sectors;
  4. support the development of policy frameworks at national and regional levels;
  5. enhance the capacity of policymakers to contribute to key policy processes, in particular the climate negotiations and national and regional disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate policies and
  6. contribute through sharing this knowledge and training sessions also to more practical on the ground activities addressing the migration-environment nexus.

The modules build on pilot IOM training workshops held in South Korea (2013), Colombia (2013), Tanzania  and Chile (2014), and the MECLEP country training workshops (2015). 


The modules are designed specifically for policymakers from across the spectrum of ministries and agencies having a ‘stake’ in environmental migration, including but not limited to: environment, climate change, development, disaster management, home affairs/migration, foreign affairs, agriculture, land management and planning.

The guide is designed for the facilitators who will rely on this tool to deliver training workshops, with optimal group size between 20-25 participants. Facilitators will be able to use the guide’s background information pieces and suggested exercises to prepare themselves and deliver participatory training sessions. 


The Training Manual was developed with the financial support of the European Union and the IOM Development Fund, whose wider support to the development of capacity on this issue is to be recognized. 

For further information on the Training Manual, please contact: Ms. Sieun Lee: