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Displacement in a Changing Climate – Investing in Solutions


Expert forum organised by IDMC at the Gobeshona Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 

Thursday 21 January 2021 | 10.00 – 11.30 CET

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This online event is part of our expert forum series that we at IDMC are organising as lead-in to our 2021 Global Report on Internal Displacement, with a thematic focus on climate change and disaster displacement.

The number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) worldwide has reached an all-time high. As in previous years, disasters triggered the majority of new displacements in 2019, almost 25 million or two-thirds of the total. Climate change affects the frequency and seasonal patterns of the hazard events that force millions to flee each year. Moreover, its negative impacts can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. However, rather than accept mass displacement in the face of climate change as an inevitable scenario for the future several countries and communities have successfully integrated displacement risk into climate change adaptation and disaster management strategies. Their experience of years of planning and implementing displacement policies and programmes offers valuable lessons.  

This session will identify and review forward-looking strategies, focusing on community-based resilience building and locally led adaptation, and feature examples of best practices from Bangladesh as well as West and Central Africa.  


Bina Desai, IDMC 


Alexander Dörzenbach, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 

Hind Aissaoui Bennani, International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

Badrul Alam Talukder, Save the Children 

Rei Yamada, MA Student Graduate Institute Geneva