Ensure that migration benefits the vulnerable-Study

Environment Climate Migration
Climate Migration

A Governing Climate Mobility (GCM) Project research has recommended the formulation of policies that maximizes the benefits migration for vulnerable households, sending areas and destinations.

The research, conducted in the Upper West and Eastern Regions, noted that instead of discouraging people from moving out of environmentally degraded areas, there should be policies in place to make migration beneficial to all players.

It also emphasised the need to support farmers to adopt in-situ adaptation strategies such as irrigation, fertilizers and smart agriculture to increase their yields.

The study was conducted by the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), University of Ghana, Legon, to further interrogate the relationship between climate change and migration.

The GCM project is being funded by the Danish Development Research Council to determine how differing governance contexts, national and local, affect adaptive climate mobility in Ghana and Ethiopia.

Partners from Denmark and Ethiopia joined their Ghanaian counterparts to discuss GCM project’s goals and preliminary findings in Ghana with selected ministries and agencies as well as the Media.

Professor Joseph Teye, the Director of CMS, speaking at an annual project partners meeting in Accra, said despite strong literature on climate change and migration, the nature of the relationship remained under-researched even as climate change impacts were intensifying.

He said despite efforts by government and development partners to enhance resilience to climate change, the proportion of farmers able to effectively adopt in-situ adaptive strategies was quite low.

The project, he said, also sought to rely on field data to make recommendations to government agencies and ministries on how institutional Interventions and practices could be used to support adaptive climate mobility.

“The main objective of the today’s workshop is to build policy coherence in the area of governing climate mobility by providing a platform for various stakeholders to discuss the findings of the GCM project,” he added.

Dr Neil Webster, Programme Coordinator, Danish Institute for International Studies, said GCM is coordinated by the Institute and conducted in collaboration with Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and CMS, University of Ghana.

He said the project was a four-year research programme that investigated the role of governance contexts and interventions in shaping climate-related mobility.

That, he said, they did through theoretically informed field-based research in four sites affected by climate change in Ethiopia and Ghana.

“We work with stakeholders in Denmark, Ethiopia and Ghana, including relevant formal and informal institutions, affected communities, policymakers ad researchers,” he added.

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