A report was released yesterday from the Asian Development Bank titled, “Migration Due to Climate Change Demands Attention.” In the report, the climate threats and the complex nature of migration were outlined. Such impacts as rainfall variability (droughts and floods), high temperature, more severe monsoons and cyclones, and rising sea levels all pose issues to the areas highly concentrated populations. With 4 billion people in the region, mass migrations of millions of people need to be planned for.
To date the planning and assistance schemes for climate-induced migration are poorly coordinated, with little cross-collaboration between national governments and international aid organizations. The report, and subsequent meetings and discussions, aims to stimulate policy debate on how to tackle the anticipated movement of people due to these global changes. The ultimate aim is to encourage sound foresighted policy that would manage displacement due to these pressures, and ultimately enable communities to remain where they are. The policy aim is to provide people living in precarious locations with a better chance of enjoying a sustainable livelihood with access to food, water and social services.
Look to the Asian Development Bank website for not only this report, but online discussions, and reference materials on this pressing subject.