Human mobility in the context of climate change, Disasters, and Environmental Degradation

Addressing climate-induced mobility challenges in the IGAD Region

Climate change, disasters, and environmental degradation are key drivers of human mobility, leading to increased displacement globally. The nexus between these factors is recognized as a critical challenge, emphasized at COP20 in Lima in 2014 and supported by recent IPCC reports predicting higher displacement due to climate impacts, especially among vulnerable populations. Human mobility in this context includes migration, forced displacement, and planned relocations, influenced by extreme weather, environmental shifts, and socio-economic factors. The IGAD region experiences various forms of human mobility due to complex drivers, prompting the need for comprehensive research and policy initiatives to address climate-induced challenges effectively.

Our Areas of Work

Data and knowledge

This project aims to enhance evidence-based and inclusive policymaking regarding climate change's effects on human mobility by gathering and analyzing data across regions, promoting inclusive decision-making processes. Moving ahead, the emphasis is on turning evidence into practical actions, enhancing response times, and broadening data collection efforts to improve accuracy and predictability, considering the diverse nature of the IGAD region. ICPAC, in collaboration with partners, has bolstered evidence-based policymaking by creating decision-making models and risk profiles for disaster displacement, accessible through the ICPAC Geoportal.

National and Regional Policy frameworks

IGAD will provide support to national governments in the region to incorporate human mobility considerations in the context of disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation into relevant policy areas.

Integrating human mobility in stakeholder coordination structures

Through the project, IGAD aims to improve policymakers' and stakeholders' understanding of human mobility amidst climate change, facilitating informed decision-making and knowledge acquisition. ICPAC aims to integrate human mobility into its programs and extend its reach to IGAD platforms, fostering better sharing of insights and actions related to human mobility, disasters, and climate change across IGAD member states and communities.

Capacity building

The program aims to improve IGAD policymakers' understanding of disaster displacement risk models, with a specific focus on climate-induced displacement. It also aims to create actionable knowledge products that can help translate analytical findings into policy recommendations for IGAD member states.

Key outputs

  • Enhance IGAD's capacity for climate-induced migration policy coordination.
  • Strengthen the ICPAC climate risk management capacities.
  • Strengthening the awareness and capacities of local actors in dealing with human mobility.
  • Encure human mobility is incorporated into the regional and global forum's agendas.

Latest Updates

Technical Statement from the 67th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF67)
Technical Statement from the 67th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF67)

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Human Mobility and Climate Change in the IGAD Region
Human Mobility and Climate Change in the IGAD Region

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Technical Report on the Ongoing Flood Impact in the IGAD Region
Technical Report on the Ongoing Flood Impact in the IGAD Region

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