Environment have always been part of migration. With climate change, the complex link between migration, environment and climate change (MECC) is increasingly being recognized in the local, national, regional and global agendas. The outcomes of the Global Compact on Migration process reflect the full recognition of this nexus, strengthening other global institutional processes as the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework.

IOM recognizes the necessity to step up local, national, regional and international efforts to address the MECC nexus through migration governance, policy and practice. Policies and concrete action must reflect the significance of environmental drivers on human mobility, but also that migration is an adaptation strategy to climate change. Last, to ensure the sustainability of IOM’s intervention, environmental dimension must be mainstreamed into all areas of migration management: prevention, preparedness and response to displacement, border management, labour migration and integration, and return and reintegration.

IOM’s Strategic Priorities in West and Central Africa (2019-2020)

With the main objective of contributing in an effective way to an inclusive and sustainable migration management and to the mitigation of environmental drivers of migration in the region, IOM’s West and Central Africa office aims at:

  • expanding its regional network of local experts ;
  • leading a multi-level policy-work to mainstream the MECC nexus at several levels of governance;
  • strengthening the diversity of partnerships and collaboration.

For further information, please contact Ms Hind Aïssaoui Bennani, Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist, IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Email : haissaoui@iom.int.

Environmental Sustainabilities Initiatives

Across the region, IOM offices increasingly adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Check out some of them below:

IOM's Plastic-Free Office Initiative - Ghana

On 1 September, all UN premises in Ghana – including IOM – announced their commitment to go single-use plastic-free. In the office setting, going plastic-free means changing consumption practices. The new policy is an opportunity for UN staff in Ghana to be part of the UN’s global environmentally friendly vision, to help to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDGs 13, 14, and 15, and to contribute to cleaning up our planet! For IOM, it is also an opportunity to draw attention at the broader nexus between migration, environment and climate change. More sustainable practices would contribute to, for example, reducing environmental degradation and disasters that can cause displacement and migration. IOM Ghana’s staff is on board, and enthusiastic about going single-use plastic-free to contribute to a more sustainable future!

For more information, please contact Benedetta Mangialardo at bmangialardo@iom.int.