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African futures: climate change and human mobility 
Ada Adoley Allotey (Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana)
Linda Musariri (University of Witwatersrand)
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Amisah Zenabu Bakuri (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Environment and Geography (x) Climate Change (y)
Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal XIa
Friday 2 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel investigates Africans' interactions with the interface between climate change and migration, adaptation and mitigation strategies by both individuals and state actors, with a focus on planned and well-managed migration as a solution to a trapped population.

Long Abstract:

Floods, growing competition for natural resources, record hot spells, and extended or severe droughts are some of the effects of climate change. Such consequences may endanger people's livelihoods, and the usual response is for them to migrate if they have the required forms of capital, as migration is an expensive venture. Those who lack the needed capital to move might be trapped. Human mobility continues to be an important livelihood strategy motivated by the survival instinct to seek better opportunities, more so in the current and ongoing anthropogenic climate change. However, determining how much of this mobility, whether international or internal, is solely or partially due to climate change is challenging. Without a doubt, the difficulty in attributing human mobility to climate change within Africa, for instance, is due to significant data challenges, which are gradually improving. Equally, no connection was established between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on climate change and migration, even though climate change influences patterns of migration and displacement. Climate migration is both a present and future phenomenon, which is already a scare in the global north - so-called climate refugees. This panel invites papers that explore the interface of migration and climate change foregrounding, lived experiences of Africans within the African continent, adaptation and mitigation strategies by both individuals and state actors. Moreover, we intend to devote special attention to African countries that are considering planned and well-managed migration as a solution for their population who have been trapped as a result of climate change.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Friday 2 June, 2023, -