Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)

Duration: 36 months, Jan 2014 – Dec 2016

Location: Mekong delta and Ha Noi

Donor/Funding source: European Commission

Brief description of project/Objectives: The overall objective of this programme is to contribute to the global knowledge base on the relationship between migration and environmental change, including climate change, and the formulation of related policy within comprehensive migration management strategies. More specifically, the objectives are directly tied to three main components of the actions as described above. These are: 

  • To strengthen knowledge and information sharing about migration and environmental change and the implication for adaptation.
  • To enhance government capacity to take action on environmental migration and facilitate policy coherence and cooperation on environmental migration nationally and across regions.

Environmental change is one of the major concerns for the international community. Although precise estimates are unavailable, it is commonly understood that more and more people will migrate in coming years, due to changes in the environment.

At the same time, migration will most likely have a growing impact on the environment. Despite a growing body of studies on the topic of migration, environment and climate change, there is still a lack in reliable data and policy oriented research which can respond to the increasing demand and reflect the needs of policymakers.