2g. Climate-related displacement

The Red Cross Red Crescent has a long history of responding to situations of displacement. Displacement in the context of disasters and climate change has been described as one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. IFRC has committed to reduce the risk of climate-induced displacement as well as to prepare for and respond to the humanitarian needs of climate-related displaced communities.


The likelihood of people becoming displaced depends on many different and underlying factors. These are often referred to as drivers of displacement, which indirectly increase the likelihood of displacement by undermining resilience. In the context of climate change, these factors may include slow onset events as described above, and adverse impacts of climate change: the direct or indirect adverse effects of rising temperatures which can undermine resilience.


This module unpacks the various concepts and terminology around climate and displacement and explores some of the topics and complexities particular relevance to the work of National Societies.


In particular, this module includes a series of Fact Sheets which provide a summary of the key topics and includes references, links and case studies featuring the work of different National Societies.


A series of three Power Point slide-decks provide resources for facilitators, based on the Fact Sheet content, providing a general overview of climate-related displacement as well as more focussed information on operations and programs, and law and advocacy. Exercsies include suggestions for group discussion topics/activities.


This module is developed with consultants guided by the Disasters, Climate and Crises Department in IFRC Secretariat, Geneva, and the Climate Centre.


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