Climate Change Related Migration Discussed in Viet Nam

Can Tho, 5 June 2012

Climate Change Related Migration Discussed in Viet Nam - Climate-related environmental change and associated disasters are affecting and transforming livelihoods in the Mekong Delta and figure among the most serious challenges faced by the region, an interagency meeting heard this week.

On 4-5 June 2012, IOM, UNDP and Can Tho University hosted a workshop on climate change adaptation and migration in the Mekong Delta at Can Tho University.

It brought together climate change experts, researchers, local and international NGOs, potential donors, and authorities from climate change affected Mekong Delta provinces. The main focus was on the connection between climate change and migration and how this affects community resilience, resettlement and livelihoods.

The vulnerabilities of the region to climate change, coupled with opportunities created by rapid economic growth in Viet Nam, have led to increased and continuing migration towards industrial and commercial hubs.

Speaking at the meeting, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Viet Nam, Florian Forster noted that the consequences of climate change on human mobility need to be further assessed and researched.

“Migration is still largely perceived as a negative consequence of environmental change, but there is growing evidence to suggest that well planned migration is a viable adaptation strategy, as it can enhance the resilience of individuals and communities,” he said.

The workshop examined the links between climate change, environmental degradation and migration, providing participants with insights into climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta and migration as a possible adaptation strategy.

Background and Workshop Objectives

Workshop Agenda

For more information, pls. contact IOM’s Chief of Mission in Viet Nam: Florian G. Forster (; Mobile: +84 9 03450196)