Researchers' Workshop on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific

Summary

ADB, in collaboration with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), will organize a full-day workshop on September 14 for researchers of environmental displacement and climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific. The workshop will bring together individuals exploring these phenomena in several countries in the region. The aim is to share research findings, compare approaches and methodologies, exchange contacts and references, and forge a new professional network.

Background

Environmental Displacement

Asia and the Pacific will be among the global regions most affected by the impacts of climate change. Countries of the region are particularly vulnerable because of a high degree of exposure to environmental risks and large population. In recent years, Asia and the Pacific has undergone massive and rapid socioeconomic transformation.

Migration within countries, especially from rural to urban areas, has become significant. Countries and populations of Asia and the Pacific will be affected by climate change in different ways, leading to various migration scenarios. Cross-border migration is likely to increase. Already, the region is home to the most important source of international migrants worldwide.

In 2010, more than 30 million people in Asia and the Pacific were displaced by environmental disasters, such as storms and floods. Many returned home, but others did not. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, and over time induce significant sea-level rise. At the same time, the region's population, now around 4 billion, continues to increase. These developments will result in growing numbers of people on the move for reasons that include environmental factors.

ADB Project

In September 2010, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a technical assistance project to develop policy recommendations to address climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific.[1] The project is also considering options to finance actions related to climate-induced migration. This unique project aims to stimulate thinking and action by concerned stakeholders and decision-makers on the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Objective

At the end of this event, participants are expected to:

  • share research findings
  • compare approaches and methodologies
  • exchange contacts and references
  • forge a new professional network that will highlight the use of migration as a tool of adaptation to climate change, as well as the need for governments and international agencies to act now to reduce human vulnerability and risk.

Target participants

About forty researchers of environmental displacement, climate-induced migration, and related themes in several Asian and Pacific countries will participate in the one-day workshop.