IDEAS For Us | August 4, 2014

Serge Djohy on Climate Change and Migration in West Africa at CCPOP-2014

IDEAS Movement is committed for a climate change and Migration ECOWAS Policy at the 3rd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa, Accra, Ghana, 22nd – 25th July 2014

IDEAS Movement was represented at the 3rd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa, held in Accra, in the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) Conference Facilty, Legon, Ghana, from 22nd to 25th July 2014, by Mr. Mahugnon Serge Djohy, the Country Director IDEAS For Cape Verde. Under the theme « Climate Change, Migration and Security in Africa», the event was organized by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) supported by the International Development Research Centre and International Organisation for Migration (IOM).


Indeed, studies have shown that a range of demographic, social, political economic and environmental factors contribute to migration. However emerging findings suggest strong linkages between climate change and increased internal and cross-border human movement. And this year’s conference is geared towards providing a common platform to pay strong attention to the climate change, migration and security nexus.

The conference goals were the following:
 To bring closer the eminent threat of global warming to the doorsteps of key but forgotten stakeholders in development such as civil society, industry and business, to interact with researchers, policymakers and politicians on how to move forward.
 To share lessons of climate innovation with major stakeholders that demonstrates that scientific research if done well remain relevant to solving societal problems in the sub region.
 To contribute to bridging the research – policy – industry gaps on climate and knowledge mainstreaming into development and to encourage the participation of state and non-state actors such as private sector businesses.


In his presentation on the theme “Climate change and Migration in Western Africa”, Mr. Serge Djohy highlighted the incidence on climate change on Migration in Western Africa through the example of the Internal Migration between Cape Verde Islands. He demonstrated that climate change is expected to trigger growing population movements in Cape Verde islands, as a result of such factors as increasing intensity of extreme weather events, sea-level rise and acceleration of environmental degradation. He added that, climate change will have adverse consequences for livelihoods, public health, food security, and water availability and this in turn will impact on human mobility, likely leading to a substantial rise in the scale of migration and displacement.


Considering that Sustainable Regional Development efforts and formulation of West African migration policy on climate change context are urgent, he suggested the consideration of new data including climate migration, into policies, plans and projects to reduce vulnerability, strengthening the resilience of communities to ensure a sustainable development in the region.

For more information about the Conference here

– Serge Djohy
IDEAS For Cape Verde