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dinsdag 22 september 2020

Climate Justice Impact Series: Climate Induced Migration – Week II

Climate Justice Impact Series: Climate Induced Migration

On the 12th of September, the Climate Justice Impact Series continued with two expert briefings. In the first briefing, Mohammad Bani Amer delved into the specifics of inter-institutional policy making for displaced persons. Bani Amer is the former Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp Station Commander, and has significant humanitarian and security experiences. He was one of the founders and administrators of Za’atari camp, and a member of the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate. In this expert briefing, Bani Amer stressed the importance of involving the communities – both the displaced persons as well as the host countries. He highlighted the responsibility of the Global North in terms of funding the NGO’s and organizations that are needed to create a stable, safe environment. As displaced persons predominantly remain in the region, the region should be supported in their effort. If there is no such support, the situation will be tense and untenable.

The second expert briefing focused on the humanitarian and human dimension of displacement. Sahar Atrache, senior advocate for Middle East at Refugees International, outlined her main advocacy efforts in the MENA-region. Atrache stressed the need of recognizing the local organizations that are working in protracted humanitarian situations. In the immediate aftermath of displacement, the focus is on providing shelter, food and protection but when the conflicts rage on, the needs shift as people must stay. This marks a change into the operations of the organizations, as they will then need to think of providing perspective to people. Humanitarian situations therefore often shift into development-aid situations. Local organizations play a valuable role in operating in protracted situations, and should be supported more. Anne-Sophie Morel, coordinator for Movement of the Ground in Camp Moria, outlined the serious humanitarian challenges on the Greek islands. The fragile situation was destabilized by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent outbreak in the camp. The fire put further pressure on the circumstances, and left an overwhelming majority of the displaced persons without shelter. Morel emphasized the need for action. Her advise to the participants was to involve local communities as much as possible in the operations during humanitarian situations.

On Saturday the 26th of September, the Climate Justice Impact Series will conclude with its final session, on campaigning.