Environmental Migration Newsletter
Knowledge Platform on People on the Move in a Changing Climate
April 2019


Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Updates

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Desertification is threatening traditional livelihoods in Mongolia. © IOM 2017 / Nyamdavaa Yondonjamts
Impact of Disaster-Driven Migration on the Lives of Mongolian Herders
By Zuzana Jankechova, IOM Mongolia
Mongolia’s unique geographical location and dependence of the nation’s rural population on animal husbandry make Mongolia particularly vulnerable to environmental changes and severe weather events. The increasing trend of rural to urban migration in Mongolia has been linked to factors resulting from climate change, such as declining livelihood opportunities in rural areas that have been amplified by increasing incidences of severe droughts and harsh winter (dzuds).
Between 2007 and 2017, over 39,000 incidents involving casualties resulted in the deaths of 2,159 people and 13.1 million animals, and damages amounting to MNT 950 billion. The natural hazards that affected Mongolia most frequently in this decade included forest fires (2,216), strong winds (245), floods (250) and dzuds (8). The rising incidence of severe droughts and dzuds (harsh winters) in the country often forces herders to either travel longer distances to find pastures or, in the event of losing their livestock, to move to urban centres.
If these trends continue, the increasing incidences of disasters will drive higher rates of rural to urban migration into Ulaanbaatar where government officials are already facing significant challenges to accommodate new arrivals.
In December 2017, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of Mongolia, IOM launched a 20-month project supported by the IOM Development Fund (IDF) to build the capacity of the Government to track climate change and disaster-related migration. The project, developed and implemented with the support of the Australian Volunteers Program, utilized IOM's Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) to monitor population movements caused by slow and rapid onset disasters and climate change.
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The latest updates on environmental migration from Mariam Traore Chazalnoël, IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
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Caribbean Regional Training Workshop on Innovation and Implementation of National Adaptation Plans
24-26 April 2019, Montego Bay, Jamaica

by Pablo Escribano, IOM San José

Government representatives of 14 Caribbean countries gathered in Montego Bay to strengthen capacities for the implementation of National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes and the promotion of innovative responses in climate change adaptation. Organized by UN Environment under the NAP-GSP Programme, the workshop focused on different aspects of climate change adaptation processes in the Caribbean, including climate change data on risks and vulnerabilities, climate change financing, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management.
In the context of linking NAPs and the development agenda, IOM discussed the integration of environmental migration in NAPs and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting connections between fields and opportunities for enhanced policy coherence.
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Mariam Chazalnoël Traore @MariamChazal - IOM Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

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
Research Consultancy for a Vulnerability Assessment in Viet Nam
Deadline: 20 May 2019

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Upcoming Events

Launch of the 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID)
10 May 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland 

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP19) 
13-19 May 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland 

GP19 PDD Side Event: “Women and Youth Speak: Faces of Disaster Displacement”
15 May 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland 

GP19 Working Session on Disaster Displacement and DRR
16 May 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland

Launch of the Words into Action on Disaster Displacement 

16 May 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland 

Comment agir face aux effets des changements climatiques sur les mouvements de population ?
16 May 2019 | Paris, France

Taller sobre la movilidad humana como respuesta ante la degradación del medio ambiente, los riesgos y los impactos del cambio climático

23-24 May 2019 | Havana, Cuba 

Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Workshop in Uganda for the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration
27-29 May 2019 | Kampala, Uganda

Rectifying the Protection Gap for ‘Climate Refugees’: Where next?
6 June | London, United Kingdom

The Caribbean Migration Consultations - Towards a Framework for Regional Cooperation on Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters and the Adverse Effects of Climate Change in the Caribbean
6-7 June | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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