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Monday, 14 February 2011 10:19

A statement of ADB, issued on Monday, said it expects to release the report, Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, in early March as part of a broader ADB project, Policy Options to Support Climate-induced Migration.

It mentioned that the project is the first international initiative that aims to generate policy and financing recommendations to address climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific.

"Climate-induced migration will affect poor and vulnerable people more than others," said Bart W Édes, Director of ADB's Poverty Reduction, Gender, and Social Development Division.


In the past year alone, extreme weather in Malaysia, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka has caused temporary or longer term dislocation of millions. This process is set to accelerate in coming decades as climate change leads to more extreme weather.

"No international cooperation mechanism has been set up to manage these migration flows, and protection and assistance schemes remain inadequate, poorly coordinated, and scattered," the report states, adding that "national governments and the international community must urgently address this issue in a proactive manner."

The report highlights specific risks confronting climate change "hotspots", including mega-cities in coastal areas of Asia.

These hotspots of climate-induced migration face pressure from swelling populations as rural people seek new lives in cities. The problem is compounded by greater dislocation of people caused by flooding and tropical storms.

On the positive side, the report says that if properly managed, climate-induced migration could actually facilitate human adaptation, creating new opportunities for dislocated populations in less vulnerable environments.


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