Launch of the comparative MECLEP report in Brussels

Published Date: 
Monday, July 10, 2017

IOM´s GMDAC Director Frank Laczko and Susanne Melde, Research and Policy Officer, participated in the launch of the final report from the “Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy” (MECLEP) project in Brussels on 16 June, jointly with the European Union, and the co-editor of the report, Francois Gemenne (Sciences Po, Paris and Hugo Observatory, University of Liege).

Key findings of the EU-funded project include the importance of inter-ministerial coordination and providing data for policy development, recommendations on how to integrate human mobility into climate change adaptation plans and the environment into migration policies. A major finding of the study is that migration often has a positive impact on adaptation, as it allows households affected by environmental and climate change to diversify income, increase their preparedness for future hazards, and opportunities to improve their employment, health, and education.

Results of the comparative final report were also showcased in a briefing of IOM’s Member States and experts in Geneva on 12 June. IOM’s Director General, William Lacy Swing, opened the event highlighting how MECLEP represents IOM’s flagship project on adaptation to environmental change, linking innovative research in six pilot countries with newly developed capacity building tools.

Results from the report were also published on ReliefWeb and PreventionWeb.

  • Read the press release here.