Foresight Project on Global Environmental Migration: Foresight Global Environmental Migration Mountain Regions Workshop


The UK Government Office for Science is co-hosting an international workshop together with ICIMOD from 28th February to 1st March 2011 in Kathmandu. The workshop will support a scientific project on global environmental migration run by Foresight (a part of the Office of Science), and commissioned by Sir John Beddington, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. The Foresight project utilises the highest level of academic research available globally, to inform the UK Government and catalyse action with UK and international stakeholders.

The project framework centres on four key ecosystems – dryland margins, low elevation coastal zones, mountain regions, and the Mediterranean basin. ICIMOD, as a regional knowledge development centre and lead learning centre for the mountains, is cooperating with Foresight to organise the international workshop for the mountain ecosystem component. As an input for the project, ICIMOD has prepared a background paper that reviews the environmental and non-environmental drivers of migration in mountainous regions. The international workshops for the remaining ecosystems are being organised in Johannesburg (dryland margins), Dhaka (low-elevation coastal zones), and Istanbul (the Mediterranean basin).

The Project looks 20-50 years into the future and considers the future impact of environmental change on global human migration. It is due to report on the following key research question in autumn 2011: ‘How can we best understand global migration arising from environmental change to help those who move, those in host areas, and those who stay behind, and what are the policy implications?’

This workshop will specifically consider the future impact of environmental change on human migration within, out of, and into mountain regions. The aims of the workshop are to allow the project to understand whether the global analysis and emerging conclusions apply in the regional context; learn from regional actors about possible interventions and actions that can be taken to address some of the policy opportunities and challenges of environmental migration; and secure regional commitment to the project. The presentations and discussions at the workshop, and the resulting report, will be a key analytical input to the Foresight project and its final report.

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