IOM Releases Publications on Migration, Climate Change, and the Environment

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), member of CCEMA, has just released two new and complementary publications on migration, climate change, and the environment. Both of them are promoted at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence"

Adequately planning for and managing environmentally-induced migration will be critical for human security. Policymakers are increasingly interested in this issue and have acknowledged the need to enhance the knowledge base on the migration and environment nexus. However, policy-oriented research remains limited. The evidence available is often scattered across disciplines and not always readily accessible to either policymakers or researchers. This publication selectively maps the landscape of the current knowledge base on the environment and migration nexus, highlights innovative methodological approaches and emphasizes the implications for policy. It prepares the ground work for further empirical policy oriented research and a larger-scale global programme of work.

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"Compendium of IOM's Activities in Migration, Climate Change and the Environment"

The consequences of climate change for migration present humanity with an unprecedented challenge. This Compendium presents to the practitioners and policymakers concrete activities implemented by the organisation and its partners in 28 countries and 4 regions around the world, from providing humanitarian response to displacement caused by natural disasters, to promoting adaptation to gradual environmental degradation. It serves to demonstrate that despite the scale of the task ahead, creative solutions exist for communities affected by environmental and climate change.

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