Human Mobility and Adaptation to Environmental Change
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Soumyadeep Banerjee, Regional Specialist in Migration, Environment and Climate Change is the co-author of an important chapter in the just-released World Migration Report, IOM's flagship publication. Chapter 9, "Human Mobility and Adaptation to Environmental Change", was co-authored by Banerjee, along with Robert Oakes, who is a Senior Researcher at the United Nations University in Japan and Koko Warner, from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Chapter first explores different perspectives on environmental change and migration, ranging from the view that human mobility including migration is a security issue, that it is an issue of protection, and that it is a matter of adaptation and managing risks associated with environmental change. The chapter then provides examples of environmental migration from empirical research around the world. It then summarizes recent developments in the international policy sphere on the topic. The conclusion draws out the implications for research, policy and practice.