Deltares co-host Climate change migration session at Changing Routes 2017 symposium

Published: 15 June 2017

At World Refugee Day, on 20th of June, Deltares will co-host the session 'Climate change migration' with Clingendael and WUR at the first annual Changing Routes 2017 symposium, organised by the WUR.

The symposium seeks to explore what the challenges are in dealing with present and future global migration streams. In the past decade, global displacement has reached record levels, and climate change and related extreme events may further increase these numbers.

Societal impact

It’s a topic that has rapidly become one of Deltares’ fields of interest, since we have come to understand that climate change, through particularly shortage of water, can result in migration and conflict. The societal impact is big. It makes people suffer from famine and leave their homes when continuing droughts ruin their crops. It drives tensions between groups of people to the edge. Like in Syria where extreme droughts have reportedly contributed to its ongoing disruption and huge displacements of people.

Identify conflict and disruption

Deltares is dedicated to applying its models and quantitative understanding of water systems and impacts, such as global models for water shortage, floods and storm surges and knowledge on salinity intrusion. This to help identify conflicts and the disruption of local livelihoods in order to facilitate effective action.
In this particular session Deltares will explore the challenges that are still ahead of us and the ways through which information on water systems can support local and global policies in relation to migration.

More on Deltares re: Water, Conflict & Migration:

Download briefing note: Water, climate and conflict: security risks on the increase?
Hotspots for water-scarcity related conflicts
Article (Dutch) Pleidooi Wereld Waterdag: Minder vluchtelingen, meer klimaatadaptatie

Program & registration

June 20 from 13.00 – 17.00. pm.
More information

WUR / Gaia, building number 101
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
6708 PB Wageningen