- 11-15 March 2019
- Castries, Saint Lucia
The two-day regional workshop covering the Eastern Caribbean is implemented by IOM on behalf of the Global Programme “Sustainable Management of Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change” (HMCCC) implemented by GIZ.
Every year around the world, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of hurricanes, floods, windstorms, earthquakes, droughts and other disasters. In parallel, slow onset environmental changes such as desertification, sea level rise, or ecosystem degradation undermine the livelihoods of millions and drive temporary and permanent migration of affected populations in search of better opportunities. The Eastern Caribbean, composed of an archipelago of islands, faces challenges related to human mobility and displacement posed by sea level rise and increase in extreme weather events such as hurricanes and cyclones.
Environmental factors have long had an impact on global migration flows, as people have historically left places with harsh or deteriorating conditions. However, the scale of such flows, both internal and cross-border, is expected to rise as a result of accelerated climate change, with unprecedented impacts on lives and livelihoods. Such migration can have positive and negative effects on both the local coping capacity and the environment in areas from which these migrants originate, as well as in their temporary or permanent destinations.
These challenges are increasingly being recognized at global policy level in key international policy processes such as the climate change negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and more recently, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). Governments will increasingly have to deal with the human mobility consequences of environmental change through tailored, integrated cross-sectoral policies.
To support the efforts of policymakers and practitioners in addressing migration, environment and climate change challenges, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has developed a capacity building programme on migration, environment and climate change, based on IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitator’s Guide). This programme builds on IOM’s research, policy and operational experience in the area of migration, environment and climate change since the 1990s, in line with its efforts to bring environmental migration to the heart of international, regional and national concerns in collaboration with its Member States, observers and partners. IOM has been organizing regional and national training workshops since 2013 in response to the needs and requests of Member States. To date, IOM’s capacity building programme has benefitted over 400 policymakers from 50 countries, through 15 national and 5 regional workshops.