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World ‘officially entered the era of climate migration,’ says IOM. What to do for water stress regions ?

World ‘officially entered the era of climate migration,’ says IOM. What to do for water stress regions ?

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Hydropolitics Academy

September 3-2023

The director general-elect of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) called for urgent solutions to address climate change and human mobility challenges because the world has entered "the era of climate migration.”

“Solutions to address the nexus of climate change and human mobility at a continental scale are urgent,” Amy Pope said in a statement  in 1st of September.

More than 7.5 million internal disaster displacements were registered on the continent in 2022, according to a report by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The U.S. intelligence community prediction came true

It has been cleared out that climate change dynamics may well play out in several water stressed places in the World. But the level of awareness is not enough yet.

In fact ,The U.S. intelligence community was released a report in 2016  finding that global warming is already acting as a destabilizing force worldwide, with more serious ramifications to come in the next two decades. Globally, the report found that climate-related national security disruptions are already underway, with the potential for global warming impacts to overwhelm country's ability to absorb natural disasters and continue to govern its people(1).

The report states: • Over 20 years, the net effects of climate change on the patterns of global human movement and statelessness could be dramatic, perhaps unprecedented. If unanticipated, they could overwhelm government infrastructure and resources, and threaten the social fabric of communities

These statements show that they are very aware of the problem coming towards the modern world.

Before conclusion , in order to make a general risk assesment that the modern world will face there are some questions  to be asked regarding with water stress regions .

• Are the region’s water resources being managed sustainably and efficiently?

• Are water services being delivered reliably and affordably?

• Are water-related risks being appropriately recognized and mitigated?

If we got the answers as “NO” for many regions under threat ,It indicates that we are so



The first step is forwarding a new international water security paradigm and rethinking on the risk of conflict between countries in shared river basins.Water related crisis may destabilize local and national politics creating large-scale population movements and other risks to foreign and security policy. It is needed tor rise an awaraness with a risk analyses. It is also considered that governments need to phase out subsidies for the water sector that contribute to inefficient and wasteful water use.

This will be politically perilous, but there is a precedent in the form of an international effort to help countries phase out wasteful fuel and energy subsidies in a responsible way. The international community needs to initiate a serious discussion on how to help countries solve their serious water crises, which may well represent the difference between success and failure for fragile states.

 We can see some promising initiatives are under way in several fragile and water-scarce states. But at the end of the day, none of these initiatives are likely to succeed without significantly increased financing.




The world’s water hotpoint areas need enough financial support, willpower ,research creating actionable knowledge and a security paradigm change .


[1] Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change. This Intelligence Community-coordinated memorandum was produced by the National Intelligence Council 10 August 2016

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