- 5-6 June 2019
- Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The Caribbean is comprised of countries and territories, many of which are Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and are vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards: hurricanes, floods, volcanic and seismic activity, droughts and bush fires. Many of these countries and territories have large percentages of their population centers and economic activities in low-lying coastal areas, facing specific risks linked to the adverse effects of climate change. In the Caribbean, like elsewhere, the adverse effects of climate change are projected to affect the frequency and intensity of certain natural hazards and extreme weather events such as hurricanes and heavy rainfalls. Rising global temperatures are also likely to increase drought risk and water scarcity in the Caribbean, according to the latest report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
These events demonstrated that Caribbean countries do not only belong to one of the most hazard-prone regions of the world, but they are also at high risk of displacement and other forms of human mobility because of poor infrastructure, land use, and low adaptive capacity, coupled with geographically exposed populations.
This meeting is organized in the framework of the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC) regional dialogue and aims to inform and support networks of technical specialists on migration and climate change and emergency preparedness and response. The key topics for the consultation, the discussions will focus on four thematic issues: i) managing disaster displacement risks in the country of origin and the inclusion of human mobility into national and regional DRR policies and adaptation planning processes; ii) migration as adaptation to environmental and climate change; iii) protection challenges in the context of migration flows for displaced persons as well as migrants in countries affected by disasters; and iv) addressing cross-border disaster-displacement: migration law and policies.