IOM's involvement and interest in the field of migration and environment is long established, but has received renewed impetus due to the increasingly irrefutable evidence surrounding climate change and its impacts.
IOM applies its comprehensive migration management approach to the complex linkages between climate change, the environment and migration. Through its activities, IOM helps to reduce vulnerability of populations exposed to environmental risk factors; assists populations on the move as a result of environmental causes and builds the capacities of governments and others to face the challenge of environmental migration.
IOM's central objectives in managing environmental migration are:
- To prevent forced migration resulting from environmental factors to the extent possible
- Where forced migration does occur, to provide assistance
Please visit IOM Environmental Migration Portal.