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Environmental Migration Newsletter
Knowledge Platform on People on the Move in a Changing Climate
March-April 2020

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Updates

More than a Health Crisis?
Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Climate Migration

 
By Dina Ionesco and Mariam Traore Chazalnoël,
IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division

The immense impact of COVID-19 on migration has been a shock to many of us, and we now live in a world where the human mobility of people within and across borders is greatly reduced – at least temporarily – to an unprecedented extent. This unparalleled situation reminds us how much migration is – and has historically been – an essential foundation of our societies. Without freedom of movement, our world has been completely redefined within a few weeks.

Two of the main portfolios of work at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are migrant health and crisis response. The Organization leverages its extensive expertise in these two areas to support communities and national health systems to respond to the current health crisis from a mobility perspective. IOM is particularly concerned with the risk of potential outbreaks of the infection in camps and displacement situations.

In parallel to the emergency response, the community of experts in migration, environment and climate change is thinking about the multiple dimensions that the COVID-19 crisis has and will have on our work.

In this article, we share a preliminary analysis of the linkages between the current crisis and our engagement on migration, environment and climate, considering potential impacts on migration management and migration policy and on migrants and communities.

Our goal is to prompt a conversation on the possible long-term impacts of the current situation in our professional area, not to enter into a scaremongering and speculative exercise.
 
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Sénégal © OIM 2019
Migration, environnement et changement climatique
en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre
 
par l'équipe MECC à Dakar, Sénégal

Wari, s’est intéressé au travail de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM) en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Aux côtés du Directeur régional de l’OIM, Richard Danziger, et de l’équipe en charge des opérations et des urgences, le magazine économique panafricain s’est aussi intéressé au travail de l’équipe Migration, environnement et changement climatique. De ce point de vue-là, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre fait face à de nombreux défis, comme la désertification, la raréfaction des ressources en eau et l’érosion côtière. Afin d’accompagner au mieux les gouvernements de la région à prendre en compte la dimension environnementale dans la gestion des migrations, l’OIM se concentre sur un plaidoyer fort à l’attention des médias et des décideurs politiques. C’est d’ailleurs le sens de son engagement dans le processus préparatoire du prochain Forum Mondial de l’Eau, qui aura lieu à Dakar en 2021.
Watch the video (FR)
 
Understanding Disaster Risk to Address It
A Webinar on Climate Change, Migration and COVID-19

30 April 2020, Online
 
by Pablo Escribano, IOM San José
 
In the framework of the preparation of the forthcoming Regional Assessment Report (RAR) for Latin America and the Caribbean (see the 2019 Global Assessment Report here), the Regional Office of UNDRR together with the RAR Group, IOM and PDD organized a webinar to discuss recent issues related to the nexus between climate and environmental change, human mobility and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
The webinar was attended by over 500 participants from the region and included presentations from UNDRR, the experts involved in the preparation of the RAR, PDD and IOM. The discussions revealed the new configuration of risks in the region in the context of climate change, urbanization and human mobility processes as well as the impact that the COVID-19 Pandemic may have and its implications in terms of risks.
Our Specialists are on Twitter, follow them:

Mariam Chazalnoel Traore @MariamChazal - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Alice Baillat @AliceBail - IOM Associate Expert on Migration, Environment and Climate Change and IOM-PDD Liaison Officer

Soumyadeep Banerjee @soum_banerjee - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Eastern and South Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Sieun Lee @SieunLeeIOM - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific
Lorenzo Guadagno @lo_lo_lore IOM Migration, Environment and Climate Change - Department of Operations and Emergencies Liaison Officer

Lisa Lim Ah Ken @LisaLimAhKen1 - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in the East and Horn of Africa 

Pablo Escribano @pescribanoIOM - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in the Americas

Sabira Coelho @sabiracoelho - IOM Programme Manager on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in the Pacific

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