Southern Africa, Indian Ocean Initiative Builds Capacity in Migration, Environment and Climate Change


From Relief Web:

“Madagascar – IOM has launched an 18-month project aiming at developing evidence and building capacities on migration, environment, and climate change (MECC) in four countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The project is funded by IOM Development Fund (IDF) and will be implemented through February 2018 in Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia.

Migration, climate change and the environment are interrelated. Environmental factors such as droughts, soil degradation, or changing seasonal weather patterns can have negative impacts on people’s livelihoods and wellbeing, pushing them to migrate to other areas in their own countries or abroad.

“This project will give governments in the participating countries and regional entities a solid evidence base, and equip the stakeholders dealing with issues of migration and environment tools and skills to consider and address these proactively,” said IOM Madagascar Head of Office Daniel Silva y Poveda.

Madagascar is one of the countries considered most likely to be negatively affected by climate change due to recurrent and more frequent droughts, floods and strong cyclones. Desertification patterns in the southernmost part of the island and land degradation have affected the livelihoods of local populations and their traditional coping strategies, leading to increased and more complex patterns of internal mobility.”

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