Home Lands – Summary of launching event of new Study on Climate Change and Human Mobility

On September 4th, 2020, the ‘Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change’ (GP HMCCC) hosted the launch of the newly published study “Home Lands – Island and Archipelagic States’ Policymaking for Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change”. The GP HMCCC is financed by the ‘German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation’ (BMZ) and implemented by the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ).

After warmly welcoming the high-level panel and over 100 participants, Dr Dorothea Rischewski, head of the GP HMCCC and moderator of the launch, gave the floor to Dr Heike Henn, Director for Climate policy, Energy, Urban Development and Environment (ad interim) and Commissioner for climate policy and climate financing at the BMZ. She shared her views on climate-change as an accelerator of human mobility dynamics, and praised the Home Lands study for filling large data gaps, a contribution that strongly benefits stakeholders in shaping more pertinent responses to disaster displacement. The presentation of Dr Kira Vinke, author of the Home Lands study and researcher at the ‘Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research’ (PIK), outlined the results and methodology of the study and provided the audience with concrete examples of the increasing effects of climate change and their relation to human mobility in the Pacific, the Eastern Caribbean and the Philippines. She provided thereby entry points how to address HMCCC on the policy level in each region.

The following panel discussion allowed representatives from BMZ, GIZ and PIK, the Commission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as well as the Philippines’ ‘Commission on Population and Development’ (POPCOM) to add on the previous statements and to reply to questions from the audience. PIK director Prof. Dr Johan Rockström argued from a scientific perspective, that the pace of climate change is still underestimated in today’s policymaking, also in light of the likely increase of disaster induced displacements. Dr Elke Siehl, Director General of the department ‘Sector and Global programmes’ at GIZ in Bonn, shed light on the growing importance of HMCCC in the agency’s portfolio. She also emphasised the strength and unique feature of the GP HMCCC’s approach of combining the accompaniment and advisory of international processes with the cooperation with partners in strongly affected regions. Concerning the regional partners, both Dr Juan Antonio Perez, Undersecretary for population and development and Executive of the ‘Commission on Population and Development’ (POPCOM), and Crispin d’Auvergne, Programme Director for Climate and Disaster Resilience at the Commission of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS), insisted on the need for better (regional and national) coordination and more encompassing collection of data in order to strengthen resilience and capacities of hazard exposed areas. Dr Perez gave furthermore valuable insights into current operative research projects on human mobility such as household surveys in the Philippines in cooperation with GIZ’s GP HMCCC. Finally, Crispin d’Auvergne described his organisations’ work on raising awareness and providing capacity-building for the most vulnerable communities.
A short video on relocations in the community of Narikoso, Fiji, showed the audience that rising sea levels are not an abstract phenomenon but an actual problem for communities in the Pacific region who are forced to relocate to higher grounds.

The very fruitful discussion was concluded with some final remarks by the moderator, who acknowledged the panellists’ insightful contributions from academia, policy making and the implementation in the field and expressed her gratitude for the active participation of the audience.

The full report ‘Home Lands – Island and Archipelagic States’ Policymaking for Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change’ is available for download here. An executive summary can be accessed here.

Virtual launch of study on climate change and migration – September 4th 2020

We are pleased to invite you to participate at our virtual launch of a new research publication:
Home Lands – Policymaking for Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change

What happened after the hurricanes destroyed almost all infrastructure on the island Barbuda?

Which problems arise in the context of planned relocations in Pacific island countries?

What do we know about the link between (labour) migration and climate change in the Philippines?

…These and other question are discussed in the study.

The Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change, implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has partnered with the Potsdam Institute on Climate Impact Research (PIK) to gather knowledge on the relationship of climate change and migration, displacement and planned relocation in the partner regions of the project.
Extensive research, including more than 90 interviews, provides the basis for deep insights into the phenomenon of climate-induced migration, relevant actors, and the policy framework in the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Philippines. The researchers also provide comprehensive recommendations for the political shaping of the issue at global, regional and national level.
Join us for the launch of this publication!

Welcome address: Dr Heike Henn, BMZ
Presentation of research findings: Dr Kira Vinke, PIK (author)
Panel discussion with:

• Dr Elke Siehl, GIZ,
• Prof. Dr Johan Rockström, PIK,
• Dr Juan Antonio Perez, Popcom Philippines (tbc)
• Crispin D’Auvergne, OECS Commission.

Please register via event-hmccc@giz.de with your name and institution until September 2nd.

New study on ‘Climate Change Impacts on Human (Im-) Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa’

GIZ’s Global Program ‘Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change’ (GP HMCCC) has partnered with researchers from the German Development Institute (GDI) to shed light on climate related human mobility in Africa.
With many of its economies being highly dependent on rain-fed agriculture, climate change impacts in many parts of the African continent are projected to be enormous as climate-related shocks are already manifesting in both rural (ex. Darfur region) and metropolitan areas (ex. Cape Town). These negative effects can induce loss in livestock while accentuating farmer-herder conflicts and slowing down economic growth. This influences the dynamics of human mobility.

This study relies on conceptual framework of climate and environmental impacts on migration as developed in the Foresight report and updated by UN Environment (2017). The framework considers climate change as one factor among others that can lead to migration. To add more depth to its analysis, the authors also reviewed technical and scientific literature on the topic and interviewed relevant stakeholders and specialists.

The results of this study indicate, on the one hand, that climate change is only one factor for human mobility, as social, economic and political factors must also be considered. On the other hand, it sheds light on the necessity for more sustainable migration policy which avoids negative aspects like human trafficking while maximizing the positive potential of migration for development and adaptation to climate change.

You can download the study in here.