While there is a growing body of research about the effects of environmental factors – including climate change – on migration and displacement, much less has been written about cases where people need to be moved in order to protect them. Since 2011, Georgetown’s ISIM has been working with partners – particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration -- on the issue of planned relocations. In 2015, a meeting of experts was organized with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, which brought together experts from different fields and representatives of international organizations and governments to draft Guidance of general principles to be used by governments and others when planned relocations are necessary to protect people because of disasters and environmental change, including the effects of climate change. This Guidance has been widely distributed and is now serving as the basis for the development of more concrete guidelines to support governments and communities who are involved in Planned Relocations as a way of protecting individuals and communities affected by environmental change, including the results of climate change.
This project is being funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.