Data for Development: Understanding Environmental Migration in Uganda for Policy Development

Data for Development: Understanding Environmental Migration in Uganda for Policy Development

Africa
NC.0034
UG10P0504
200,000
Uganda
Migration, Environment and Climate Change
National
Active

Migration, environment, and climate change (MECC) are increasingly becoming interlinked phenomena. While more efforts are being devoted to better understand the topic, quantitative data and research on this nexus remains rather lacking, particularly at the state level. To understand the interactions of these phenomena within different contexts in Uganda, IOM Uganda will conduct a quantitative and qualitative study on migration, environment, and climate change in three geographically different regions - the cattle corridor, mountainous regions, and lowlands. The study will incorporate both quantitative analyses on migration routes, trends, scale of environmental migration and displacement and qualitative enquiries on how environment and climate change impact migration and how migration can potentially be an adaptation strategy to mitigate the adverse impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. The study will particularly focus on the impact of climate change on women and girls. Based on the studies, a comprehensive national profile, "Assessing the Evidence: Migration, Environment, and Climate Change Nexus in Uganda" will be developed and disseminated to key stakeholders to support both programming and policy development. Furthermore, the project will provide training for national and local/district governments to enhance their capacity to formulate policies addressing longer-term environmental migration and displacement and use data strategically when developing policies for humanitarian response. The trainings will enhance not only key stakeholders' understanding of the MECC nexus but also their abilities to address the needs of environmental migrants and displaced populations, in particular women and girls, and to identity potential adaptation/mitigation measures that are tailored to regional contexts and specific needs.  Lastly, to ensure that recommendations and findings developed by the research are incorporated into national and district-level policies, IOM will provide technical support for the national government and district governments to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) and three district-level action plans on environmental migration and displacement.