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Jakarta Post

Climate change: Another reason to move, says ADB

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 14 2011   /  09:18 am

Extreme weather caused by climate change variables has given another reason for people to migrate, experts say.

Asia Development Bank (ADB) is preparing a report called “Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific”, which is scheduled to be completed in March.

ADB has been looking into migration patterns in the Asia-Pacific region, seeking linkages to natural disasters such as flooding.

ADB recently held an online discussion regarding the report, hosting ADB’s Climate Change Program Coordination Unit chief Robert J. Dobias and Francois Gemenne, a research fellow at the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). More than 40 participants across the Asia-Pacific region joined the discussion.

Dobias said the report took the position that climate-induced migration was currently a relatively minor driver o...