Population-Environment Research Network Cyberseminar:
Preparing for Population Displacement and Resettlement Associated with Climate Change and Large Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Projects
1-14 November 2011
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This cybeseminar will address population displacement and the potential need for organized resettlement owing to climate change and associated mitigation and adaptation projects. The seminar will address two major types of future resettlement – 1) resettlement stemming from direct climate impacts, and 2) resettlement owing to large scale mitigation and adaptation (M&A) projects that are meant to reduce climate change risks. The latter include large-scale projects such as dams, coastal defenses, water transfer schemes, biofuel plantations and renewable energy complexes which, regardless of their actual effectiveness in promoting M&A, are often justified for climate reasons.
Thayer Scudder, Cal Tech (USA): Lessons from six decades of resettlement research
Francois Gemenne, IDDRI, Sciences Po (France): Policy perspectives from the climate change community
Graeme Hugo, Dept. of Geography, University of Adelaide (Australia): Lessons from past forced resettlement for climate change migration
Anthony Oliver-Smith, University of Florida (USA): Anthropological perspectives related to resettlement from natural disasters
Todd Schenk, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA): Assessing contrasting approaches to planning for climate change resettlement: China and the USA
Burt Singer, University of Florida (USA): Public health perspectives on resettlement (with emphasis on the Arctic)
Yan Tan, University of Adelaide (Australia): Chinese perspectives on climate change and resettlement