Funder: German Marshall Fund of the United States
ISIM served as secretariat for the Transatlantic Study Team on Climate Change and Migration. This initiative systematically brought together researchers, practitioners, and policy representatives from both sides of the Atlantic to link two important debates and policy spheres that up until then were only sporadically linked: those of migration and those of climate change. For three consecutive years, the Study Team investigated the impact of environmental change on migration patterns, reviewed the current state of research, compiled existing data, convened opinion leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, went on study tours to affected or potentially affected regions, such as Mexico, Senegal and Bangladesh, and helped to advance the policy debate by feeding the findings into national policy meetings and international fora such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the International Climate Negotiations (COP). The Study Team laid the groundwork for future policy analyses and research. Led by Dr. Susan F. Martin, Georgetown University, and Dr. Koko Warner, UN University, the team consists of scholars, policymakers and practitioners from the migration and environmental communities.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States has released eight background papers that investigate climate-induced migration. Environmental deterioration, including natural disasters, rising sea level, and drought problems in agricultural production, could cause millions of people to leave their homes in the coming decades. These background papers are a product of GMF's Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-induced Migration (led by Dr. Susan E. Martin, Georgetown University, and Dr. Koko Warner, UN University). The Study Team consists of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the migration and environmental communities. Further activities of the Study Team include high-level policy convening, study team working meetings with external experts, site visits to affected areas, and policy briefings.
These Publications include the following:
- Susan F. Martin and Koko Warner, Climate Change and Migration: the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations and Global Forum on Migration and Development
- Sarah Collinson, Meeting the Challenges of Severe Climate-Related Hazards: A Review of the Effectiveness of the International Humanitarian Regime
- Philip Martin, Climate Change, NAPAs, Agriculture, and Migration in LDCs