New knowledge about climate change and human mobility

Project detail

Project/programme title: Sustainable management of human mobility within the context of climate change
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Philippines, Caribbean, Pacific
Overall term: 2017 to 2020


The negative effects of climate change are already having an impact on settlements and economic areas and are consequently influencing migration movements. The growing intensity and frequency of extreme weather occurrences, along with rising sea levels, are becoming increasingly important factors in the context of displacement, migration and resettlement. Atoll and island states, and coastal regions in the Pacific, Caribbean and Philippines are particularly hard hit by the impacts of climate change.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognises mobility as a strategy for adapting to the alterations caused by climate change. The Task Force on Displacement of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) has been explicitly addressing the issue of human mobility in the context of climate change since 2017.

Implementation of region-specific measures for dealing with climate-induced migration, resettlement and displacement are essential for the medium- and long-term survival of affected populations in small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Philippines. For this reason, local governments need practice-based knowledge when trialling measures and an exchange of experience between the partners.


The partners from the Philippines, the Pacific and the Caribbean, as well as German and international cooperation organisations, have better knowledge about how to address human mobility issues in the context of climate change.


In cooperation with national governments, researchers and climate and migration organisations, knowledge gaps are being identified and addressed. At the same time, exchange processes between partners are moderated and the knowledge generated disseminated at international meetings. These include events within the framework of the UNFCCC process and the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) at which findings are shared through the programme.

Particular emphasis is placed on the involvement of and support for particularly vulnerable groups during the project implementation.