The impacts of climate change increasingly influence the patterns of human mobility and immobility, including migration, disaster displacement, seasonal rural-urban dynamics, relocation, and trapped populations. As an underlying factor, climate change adds to existing drivers of mobility, exacerbates socioeconomic vulnerabilities, and severely affects migrants, host populations, and families staying behind. This is a cross-cutting challenge that intersects with different sectors and aspects, including climate change adaptation and resilience, food systems and rural livelihoods, labour and employment, social cohesion and protection, physical and mental health, education, environmental resources and ecosystem services, climate and disaster risk management, and many others. Institutional setups as well as the policy and legal framework play a great role in addressing issues and challenges related to climate change and human mobility, as do sectoral policies, development plans, and climate-related processes.

SLYCAN Trust works to strengthen the awareness and understanding of human mobility in the context of climate change through engagement with diverse stakeholders on different levels, research, policy analysis, the creation of an evidence base, identification of entry points and opportunities, knowledge-sharing and dissemination, and capacity-building of key actors. The work focuses on several countries in Asia and Africa, including Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Niger, as well as a global component to connect it to intergovernmental processes under the UNFCCC, climate commitments, the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, and the Sustainable Development Goals under the Agenda 2030.

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