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The report assesses the occurrence and impacts of drought, the current policies underlying drought management as well as the mitigation measures and responses adopted in Central Asia and Turkey, with a focus on Agriculture Sector. It is part of a series of similar studies carried out in different re…
Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance. Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this.…
June 2017: UN agencies have released updated reporting on acute and imminent famine and set forth additional measures addressing food security and hunger in countries facing crises driven by conflict and drought. Several agencies reiterated appeals to donors to step up support to address immediate h…
qual rights and opportunities for women are not only matters of women’s justice and dignity. It is well known that when women and girls have equal rights in law and in practice—and equal opportunities to achieve their aspirations—their communities and countries also benefit. Development practitioner…
Protracted fighting and unrest are swelling the ranks of displaced and hungry ins some parts of the world, even as large agricultural harvests in some regions are buoying global food supply conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations agriculture agency. “Civil conflict continues to b…
Rising temperatures and more extreme, unpredictable climate events are making sustainable livelihoods tough for many people living in semi-arid regions of the world. To adapt, local communities, and especially farmers, use different strategies and responses. Research in India and Africa shows that a…
Land Degradation Neutrality is one of the Sustainable Development Goal targets, requiring on-going degradation to be balanced by restoration and sustainable land management. However, restoration and efforts to prevent degradation have often failed to deliver expected benefits, despite enormous inves…
The Migration, Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief Series seeks to contribute to the current global knowledge base by providing reliable and precise information on the topic of migration and environmental change, including climate change. Its objective is also to present related and appropri…
This Glossary, prepared as part of the MECLEP project, addresses key terms of the two separate but interdependent fields of migration and environmental change. Concepts such as adaptation, resilience and coping come into the picture and must be carefully considered in research and policymaking withi…
INFOGRAPHIC 4- Moving as Adaptation This infographic outlines the opportunities and the social and economic costs which migrants and communities back home face, which determine the success of moving as adaptation. For those who leave, migration can open many opportunities in terms of income diversif…
In light of environmental degradation and the adverse effects of climate change, people's vulnerability can increase or decrease in relation to the response and adaptation strategies that people and governments adopt, and the economic and social factors that condition them. The infographic below pro…
Whether people migrate or not, as a response to the adverse impacts of climate and environmental change, depends mainly on people’s perception of three factors: the need, the desire and the ability to migrate. When people do not feel the need or the desire to leave their home despite the problematic…
The degradation of the ecosystem and natural disasters are key drivers of migration and displacement. Different factors determine the level of success of mobility, mostly internal but also international, as an adaptation strategy in the face of adverse impacts of environmental and climate change. Am…
After more than three years of implementation (January 2014 – March 2017), the European-Union funded "Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy“ (MECLEP) project ended in March 2017. The project was implemented by IOM in a consortium of six universities:
After more than three years of implementation (January 2014 – March 2017), the European-Union funded "Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy“ (MECLEP) project ended in March 2017. The project was implemented by IOM in a consortium of six universities
On Wednesday, Facebook introduced a new disaster maps initiative. The company will share aggregated, de-identified location information on Facebook users who have their location settings enabled with a few select disaster response organizations. Facebook will provide location density maps, movement…
The OECD has released the report "Green Finance and Investment: Mobilising Bond Markets for a Low-Carbon Transition." The report finds that the market for green bonds has risen from US$3 billion in 2011 to US$95 billion in 2016. The OECD provides an overview of global green bond market developments…
Women have more sustainable consumption choices and, as household energy managers, tend to have a bigger say in household energy decisions. Thus, from the standpoint of consumption, the design, production, distribution and sales of sustainable energy technologies (for example, clean cooking stoves a…
The co-facilitators for the global migration preparatory process released the summary of the second informal thematic session on ‘Addressing drivers of migration'. UNICEF issued the report ‘A Child is a Child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation,’ and IOM stressed i…
Ahead of the G7 meeting held in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 May 2017, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee issued a special report titled ‘Food and Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa,’ calling for increased international development support on water and…
Access to land is at the heart of rural livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, the pace and scale at which land is changing hands are increasing fast. Understanding these changes in land access is crucial if the systems of land governance, the practices of companies and organisations, and the initiativ…
Starting with the vision of what LDN is expected to achieve, the conceptual framework focus is “on maintaining or enhancing the land resource base, (the stocks of natural capital associated with land resources), in order to sustain the ecosystem services that flow from them, including food productio…
Representatives from countries accounting for 90 percent of the world’s clean energy investment and 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions—including the United States—will gather in Beijing this week to discuss how to scale renewables, improve efficiency and cooperate on clean energy initiatives…
Land is the wellspring of life. Investing in this most precious asset will place us on the development path that will lead us towards our shared global vision of prosperity, health and dignity for all the world’s citizens. Today, many people living in developed countries and in large urban centers g…
The 1st international conference on high latitude dust took place in Reykjavík, Iceland on May 22 - 25 2017. More than 51 scientists from 15 countries contributed by presenting current research on all aspects of dust which is sourced from within the high latitudes