The project has focused on three ecological regions, where the interplay of environmental and non-environmental drivers is likely to be of most interest to UK and global policy makers.
These regions are:
In addition, we looked at the Mediterranean as a case study area which contains all three ecological environments.
In each region we commissioned reviews which quantify change in ecosystem services and exposure to hazards over the next 50 years which that might be relevant to migration, and compare results with the impact of non-environmental factors on migration during times of environmental change.
The project held four international workshops to complement the project analysis.
The workshops had the following aims:
- To validate the evidence used in the project, and understand whether the global analysis and emerging conclusions apply in the regional context;
- To learn from regional actors about possible interventions and actions that can be taken to address some of the policy opportunities and challenges of environmental migration;
- To secure support and regional commitment to the project.
The workshops brought together experts from across the globe to consider the future of global environmental migration. Workshop attendees focused specifically on future opportunities and challenges presented within each region, and identified both general and region-specific policy options.
Through structured discussion and workshop questions, the attendees of each workshop tested the project’s emerging findings and conceptual frameworks. The workshop reports present these discussions and contribute directly to the project, to ensure the final Foresight report is relevant to international policy makers within the four regions.
Each workshop benefitted from the participation of a high calibre of attendees, who included leading academics, practitioners and representatives from international organisations. Collaborative relationships have already developed which will help catalyse action once the project is launched. For example, as a result of one of the workshops Professor Black has already presented the project to the IOM’s Intersessional Workshop and Foresight continues to work with a number of attendees on further engagement. The workshops also encouraged collaborative work between attendees, with expert working groups already set up as a direct result of the workshops.
Formal workshop reports are due to be produced for each workshop. These contribute to the project’s evidence base and will be published alongside the final report later this year.