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Project on migration, environment and climate change launched

Xinhua — The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week launched a Project on Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for policy in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean in Windhoek.

The project, according to Head of Office at IOM in Namibia Lilian Ambuso, aims to increase knowledge and awareness about the relationship between migration and environmental change, including climate change, to inform the formulation of related national and regional policy and operational planning.

“The project will see national governments and operational partners from participating countries to have increased their capacity to streamline environmental change, including climate change into migration management policies,” she said.

The project is being carried out in four countries, namely, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia. “These four are some of the most climate-affected countries in the world, with increasingly significant impacts on population movement,” said Ambuso.

Also speaking at the launch, FAO Representative Babagana Ahmadu said that the launch of the project is timely and represent a milestone in addressing climatic challenges, as the data will serve in providing evidence-based solutions as it will translate into the development of a SADC policy guiding regional document on migration, environment and climate change.

Meanwhile, Peter Muteyauli, Director of Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said that through the project Namibia is set to gain a clear understanding and insight into issues, and have clear interventions on how to address the nexus of migration and climate change.
The project also responds to the call of CoP21 for countries to make effort and fight negative impacts of climate change.

In Namibia, the project is being implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Ministry of Environment and Office of the Prime Minister, with seed funding from the IOM.

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