NEWS & EVENTS
CMARN holds regular EVENTS for Members and others interested in learning more about climate mobility in Africa. CMARN's bi-monthly webinars and networking events are open to all CMARN Members, providing an opportunity for climate mobility researchers to connect with each other and collaborate on future research. CMARN also hosts ad hoc events that are open to the public on issues relating to law and policy responses to climate mobility in Africa. You can read more about past and upcoming CMARN events, and other NEWS, below.
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COP28 CMARN KEY MESSAGES TO GOVERNMENTS
Posted: 30 November 2023
To mark the commencement of COP28, the Climate Mobility Africa Research Network (CMARN) has issued its COP28 CMARN Key Messages to Governments, calling on governments to recognise the impacts of climate change on human mobility, prioritise the development and implementation of relevant laws and policies based on current knowledge and sound evidence, and collaborate with affected researchers and communities in addressing this issue.
Climate mobility – that is, displacement and migration in the context of disasters and climate change – is happening now and is evident in several countries on the African continent. Across Africa, a rage of law and policy areas can play a critical role in ensuring that those who choose to move, or are compelled to do so, can access safety, protection and lasting solutions, and that the loss and damage that results from climate mobility can be assessed. Africa’s Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change provides an important milestone for cooperation and action on climate mobility on the continent.
Climate mobility poses challenges – as well as opportunities – for people who move, the communities to which they move, and those who remain at home.
The CMARN COP28 Key Messages to Governments identify specific priorities for governments seeking to advance law, policy and practice in this area for the better protection and safety of persons displaced or moving in the context of disasters and climate change.
'INSIGHTS' AUTHOR WORKSHOP - NOVEMBER 16
Posted: 3 November 2023
Are you interested in publishing your work in Climate Mobility Africa Insights? To support authors who are interested in writing for the series, CMARN will be holding Authors Workshops with experienced scholars and policy experts. These workshops will provide potential Insights authors with an opportunity to present their research and ideas for an Insights Policy Brief, and receive feedback and guidance from experts on how to develop their ideas into a full submission. Details for the first workshop are below. To find out more about what is required to author an Insights Policy Brief, read the full Information for Authors here.
Insights Author Workshop (EN-FR Interpretation provided)
Thursday 16 November
8:00am–9:30pm GMT / 11:00am–12:30pm EAT
Souhaitez-vous publier votre travail dans Insights ? Pour soutenir les auteurs intéressés à écrire pour la série, le RRMCA organisera des ateliers méthodologiques avec des universitaires expérimentés et des experts en politiques. Ces ateliers offriront aux contributeurs potentiels de recevoir des commentaires et des conseils d'experts sur la manière de développer leurs idées dans une soumission complète. Les détails du premier atelier méthodologique pour les contributeurs, y compris les modalités d’inscription, sont ci-dessous. Pour en savoir plus sur les conditions requises pour rédiger une note d’orientation, lisez l’intégralité des informations destinées aux auteurs ici.
Atelier d'auteur Insights (interprétation EN-FR fournie)
jeudi 16 novembre
8h00-21h30 GMT / 11h00-12h30 NAIROBI
CMARN LAUNCHES CLIMATE MOBILITY AFRICA 'INSIGHTS'
Posted: 9 August 2023
Africa’s first dedicated publication series on climate mobility was launched by CMARN this week, and welcomed by leading regional and international experts as an exciting and important innovation in discussions on climate change and human mobility in Africa.
Providing a go-to source of information for governments, policymakers and researchers, the new Climate Mobility Africa Insights series will provides up-to-date information and analysis of key law and policy issues relating to climate mobility on the continent. The series will not only advance knowledge and capacity among those on the ground, it will also amplify the voices of African researchers in discussions and debates about this pressing global issue.
Insights has already published four policy briefs, six factsheets and a podcast, all accessible in English and French, and covering a range of law and policy topics, including climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, transhumance, human rights and sexual and gender-based violence.
Speaking at the launch, African Climate Mobility Initiative Youth Fellow, Lukmon Akintola praised Insights as an important ‘entry point’ for policy makers and civil society groups seeking to understand the trends, challenges and opportunities that climate mobility presents.
Climate change, disasters and environmental degradation are among the leading drivers of human mobility across Africa – and predicted to increase. To help affected populations to move safely and with dignity, and ensure their human rights are protected, evidence-based laws and policies are required..
While African law and policy frameworks are frequently praised for being more generous and progressive on issues of displacement and climate change than many of their international counterparts, in practice, the realisation of these opportunities on the ground is frequently hampered by gaps in knowledge and implementation.
According to Professor Jane McAdam, Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, ‘researchers play a crucial rule in explaining core ideas, providing an evidence base for policy makers, and drawing on their deep understanding and longer term thinking about issue to inform public debate and public policy’.
Through a combination of short fact sheets and more detailed policy briefs, Insights provides shared language and understandings, as well as practical recommendations, for advancing meaningful solutions on the ground.
Special Envoy for the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Professor Walter Kälin, commended the ‘people-centred and policy-oriented’ approach of Insights researchers, noting that regional networks such as CMARN have the capacity to deliver large-scale evidence and information that is ‘detailed enough, and good enough, to convince policy makers’.
The new Insights publication series marks a significant milestone in the work of CMARN, an interdisciplinary, bi-lingual (EN+FR) network of researchers and policy makers established in 2021. Through regular meetings, webinars and workshops, CMARN advances knowledge and dialogue on critical issues of adaptation, protection and migration. There are also plans for dedicated training workshops and editorial support for authors – especially early career researchers and researchers based in Africa – who wish to publish their research.
In his closing comments at the Insights launch, CMARN Co-Chair Professor Ademola Jegede urged people to read Insights, share widely and consider submitting their own research for inclusion in the series.
CMARN and Insights are generously supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
EVENT: LAUNCH OF NEW CMARN PUBLICATION SERIES, CLIMATE MOBILITY AFRICA INSIGHTS
Posted: 1 August 2023
We are delighted to invite you to join the launch of Climate Mobility Africa Insights, a new publication series of the Climate Mobility Africa Research Network (CMARN). The new Insights series aims to advance evidence-based law and policy responses to climate mobility in Africa. Please join us for this online launch event, which will feature authors from the new Insights series and remarks from leading experts, including Lukmon Akintola, Walter Kaelin and Jane McAdam.
VIRTUAL LAUNCH OF CLIMATE MOBILITY AFRICA INSIGHTS
Tuesday 8 August
11:00-12:00 EAT / 10:00-11:00 CEST
CMARN HOLDS WEBINAR ON CLIMATE-INDUCED IMMOBILITY AND MOBILITY IN WEST AFRICA
Posted: 27 July 2023
The Climate Mobility African Research Network ( CMARN) held its 3rd webinar for 2023 on the 27th of July, 2023. The topic for the webinar was “Climate-induced immobility & mobility: Insights from West Africa”. The moderator at the event was Dr Benjamin Schraven, a member of the CMARN Steering Group.
The event was graced by three speakers currently carrying out research on (im) mobility in Western Africa as follows:
Dr. Susan Ekoh (German Institute of Development and Sustainability): ‘From recognition to action on urban climate (im)mobility’
Joseph Inyama (University of Nijmegen): ‘Climate (Im)-Mobility and governance responses in frontline communities in Sub-Saharan Africa’.
Albert Allan Dakyie (University of Bonn): 'The effect of climate change on a particular form of short-distance mobility: Cross-border access to public basic schools in Northern Ghana.'
Please click on the link below for the recording of the webinar:
CMARN LAUNCHES BOOK ON CLIMATE JUSTICE
Posted: 1 March 2023
The Climate Mobility Africa Research Network ( CMARN) held its first meeting for 2023 on 28th February. The event featured the launch of the book, Climate Change Justice and Human Rights: an African Perspective, co-edited by Professor. Ademola Oluborode Jegede (CMARN Co-Chair) and Dr. Oluwatoyin Adejonwo (CMARN Steering Group member). The chief guest at the well-attended launch was Justice John Mativo, Appeal Judge of the Appeal Court of Kenya. Speaking during the launch, Justice Mativo stated that Climate Change is a human rights problem and therefore, the Human Rights Legal Framework must be part of the solution. He added that actions taken to mitigate the effects of climate change must comply with human
rights and that states have a duty to take bold steps to avert climate change.
Justice Mativo lauded the editors of the book and said it will go a long way in developing knowledge on climate change and will provide a basis for further study in the area. Other participants at the event were the members of the CMARN Steering Group and other members of the network. The co-editors of the book, Prof Jegede and Dr Adejonwo, provided an introduction to the book’s themes and overarching messages. Dr Adejonwo explained that the book is in the three main parts: part one critically analyses the human rights paradigm and its potential for framing responses to climate change; part two takes a closer look at regional human rights frameworks and how they can protect the rights of those affected by climate change; and part three analyses domestic regulatory frameworks and emerging interventions in select African countries, including Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Professor Jegede highlighted that climate change is not just a global challenge, but a global injustice. He stated: ‘Climate change is a human wrong. The best response to human wrongs is human rights.’
Climate Change Justice and Human Rights: an African Perspective is available free in full text from the publisher’s website. To view a recording of the launch event, click the link below:
EVENT: Climate Change Justice and Human Rights - An African Perspective
Posted: 24 February 2023
CMARN GETS NEW CO-CHAIR
Posted: 15 January 2023
The Climate Mobility African Research Network (CMARN) is delighted to announce that it has a new Co-Chair, Prof. Ademola Jegede. Ademola Jegede is a Professor of Law at the University of Venda, South Africa. He replaces Dr Tamara Wood of Kaldor Centre who has been Co-Chair since the launch of the network in November 2021 and has stepped down as per the CMARN Constitution after Co-Chairing the network for one year. Prof. Jegede will be working jointly with the other Co-Chair of the network, Dr. Nicodemus Nyandiko of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology ( MMUST).
We congratulate Prof. Jegede on this appointment and wish him well as he takes over the mantle. We equally would like to thank Dr Wood for the excellent work she has done and for her tireless efforts in ensuring the network was set up and operational. Dr Wood remains an active member of the CMARN Steering Group.
CMARN IN THE PROCESS OF RECRUITING TWO NEW STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Posted: 15 January 2023
The Climate Mobility African Research Network ( CMARN) is in the process of recruiting two new members to its Steering Committee. The two will replace Dr. Annette Okoth and Prof. Edwin Abuya who stepped down recently due to other engagements. They, however, still remain active members of the network.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Annette and Edwin for their contribution in ensuring the activities of the network went on smoothly in the last year look forward to working with them in the coming year.
CMARN SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR 2023
Posted: 8 January 2023
CMARN hosts bi-monthly webinars and networking events for Members to learn more about law and policy responses to climate mobility in Africa, to connect with each other and to collaborate on future research on this issue. If you are not yet a member, please Join Us.
In 2023, CMARN bi-monthly meetings will be held at the following times:
Tuesday 28 February 2023 Meeting 1
Tuesday 25 April 2023 Meeting 2
Tuesday 27 June 2023 Meeting 3
Tuesday 29 August 2023 Meeting 4
Tuesday 24 October 2023 Meeting 5
Tuesday 11 December 2023 Meeting 6
Ahead of COP27: The Climate Mobility Africa Research Network Launches its Key Messages for Governments
Posted: 24 October 2022
The Climate Mobility Africa Research Network (CMARN) has launched its Key Messages to Governments for COP27, calling on governments to further recognize the impacts of climate change on human mobility and prioritize the development and implementation of effective laws and policies based on current knowledge and sound evidence. Action taken now, in collaboration with affected communities, local researchers, civil society and international organizations, could significantly reduce the risks associated with climate mobility well into the future.
The evidence is clear that climate change reshapes human mobility patterns. Climate change can act as a risk multiplier – interacting with other social, economic and political factors to drive movement. The adverse effects of climate change can also render people immobile, by undermining the resources needed to move out of harm’s way.
On the African continent, most human mobility in the context of disasters and climate change occurs within countries or between neighboring countries, rather than to distant high-income countries. In 2021 alone, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center identified 2.6 million new internal displacements in the context of disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank’s Groundswell Report II projects that, without concrete climate and development action, climate change could contribute to the migration of more than 105 million people within their own countries in Africa due to water stress, reduced crop productivity and sea level rise.
Furthermore, the IPCC has highlighted that "migration is an important and potentially effective climate change adaptation strategy in Africa and must be considered in adaptation planning”. Similarly, the recently launched African Union Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032) acknowledges that "movement or migration is an adaptation strategy employed by hundreds of millions of people, both in response to negative stimuli and as a means of pursuing a worthwhile life" and that there may be a considerable role for governments in normalizing and facilitating the movement of people.
The 18 States that already signed the 2022 Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, pledged to address "critical matters of migration, environmental and climate change and its adverse impacts on people and livestock". This includes commitments to establish and strengthen systems to generate “accurate, timely data and information on climate change impacts on human mobility” and to address “knowledge gaps by understanding and applying indigenous knowledge and practices in the development of appropriate adaptation responses”.
In Africa, research related to climate change faces severe data constraints, and inequities in funding and research leadership, thereby reducing adaptive capacity on the continent. According to the IPCC, “the number of climate research publications with locally based authors are among the lowest globally”. This limits the value of available research and evidence for governments and policy makers, as “research led by external researchers may focus less on local priorities”.
All 18 of the leaders who signed the Kampala Declaration are hoping that its priorities will be implemented by governments across the continent. Beyond Africa, the Kampala Declaration has the ambition of raising the importance of human mobility through the COP.
When COP convenes in November, governments across Africa and beyond have the opportunity to address existing constraints and inequities in climate-related information, action and finance related to mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage. Under the leadership of Egypt, ‘Africa’s COP’ must address Africa’s challenges, including those relating to human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation.
CMARN’s key messages to governments are part of its objective to support evidence-based development and implementation of laws and policies relating to displacement and migration in the context of disasters and climate change in Africa. The key messages have been developed collaboratively with the input of researchers working across the African continent with diverse expertise in fields of law, policy, geography, communications and social sciences.
ADVANCING LAW AND POLICY RESPONSES TO CLIMATE MOBILITY IN AFRICA: KEY MESSAGES TO GOVERNMENTS FOR COP 27
Facilitate access to and provide relevant and accessible information about climate mobility (Including data, evidence, laws and policies) to affected communities
Develop and implement relevant international and regional frameworks to ensure that all measures to address climate mobility are gender-responsive and based on relevant human rights
Support local research, led by local researchers, to inform law and policy developments that are evidence-based and reflect the lived experiences of affected communities
Facilitate collaboration and dialogue between different levels of government, inter-governmental organizations and regional institutions to ensure integration between global, regional and local approaches to climate mobility
Provide opportunities for collaboration and dialogue on climate mobility between researchers and policy makers to facilitate sharing of knowledge and expertise.
Take a holistic approach to addressing climate mobility, taking into account the interaction between climate change, conflict, poverty, livelihoods and food security as drivers of human mobility.
Prioritize local and indigenous knowledge and perspectives in all measures to address climate mobility.
Work collaboratively with all stakeholders – including affected communities, researchers, international organizations and civil society – to facilitate an inclusive and participatory approach to addressing climate mobility.
Action taken now in line with these key messages could help to advance relevant laws, policies and practices that ensure better protection and safety for those displaced or moving in the context of disasters and climate change.