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BCSC II: What’s next on the research agenda for climate-related migration and displacement? | adelphi | 30.09.2020

Building on the high-level political Part I of BCSC 2020 and the launch of the Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment, Part II of the conference runs from September 7 to October 2. It brings together the climate-security community of practice and aims to inform policies and programming on the ground, including the Global Climate Security Risk and Foresight Assessment led by adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). 

The conference features a diverse and engaging programme of 22 partner-led online sessions, on themes selected to further the understanding of, and ability to address specific aspects of climate change and security which urgently need deeper exploration. Topics include how to better use data in climate security risk assessments, urban climate-security risks, integration of gender into responses to climate-security risks, and migration and displacement in the context of climate change and conflict. Events are hosted by adelphi, the Berghof Foundation, CCCPA, Chatham House, Clingendael, the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, the German Red Cross, the International Development Law Organization, the IRC, the Munich Security Conference, PIK, the Red Cross Crescent Climate Centre, UNEP, and the UNSSC. 

Research on the links between climate change and migration and displacement has advanced quickly in recent years, providing both new methodologies and an expansive body of empirical work also looking at the security implications.

In particular, this session looks at three research initiatives: HABITABLE – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration (2020-2024), the largest project on climate change and migration that has ever been funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, the GIZ’s Global Programme on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (2017-2023) and insights from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) into regional trends, priorities, recommendations and concrete actions based on their experience in West, Central and Northern Africa.



  • François Gemenne, Director, Hugo Observatory on Environment, Migration, and Politics, University of Liège
  • Dorothea Rischewski, Head of Programme, Global Programme Sustainable Management of Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change, GIZ
  • Hind Aissaoui Bennani, Regional specialist on migration, environment and climate change, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar