By Mohammed Abdul Rashid GNA
Accra, April 11, GNA – The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Embassy of France has held a two-day workshop on migration and the environment for representatives of key ministries and civil society organizations.
A statement signed by Mr Dawud Anita Jawadrovna, the press secretary, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the workshop was held to sensitise policymakers and other stakeholders on migration, climate change and environmental concerns.
It said “just as environmental degradation and disasters can cause migration; movement of people can also have a significant impact on the environment,” it said.
The statement said participants at the workshop were trained on the specific dynamics of human mobility resulting from sudden onset of disasters and slow onset events.
Further topics covered include challenges in data collection and analysis, regional opportunities and disaster risk reduction.
Ms Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, the Chief of Mission of IOM-Ghana, said “migration is often misperceived as the failure to adapt to a changing environment”.
“It is, however, one of the main coping and survival mechanisms that is available to those affected by environmental degradation and climate change,” she said.
“This complex nexus needs to be addressed in a holistic manner; and this will only be feasible if the mobility aspect is taken into account in climate change policies,” Ms Lopez-Ekra said.