COPE Socials: The politics of flooding and climate-induced resettlement – University of Copenhagen

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COPE Socials: The politics of flooding and climate-induced resettlement

The Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE) is continuing its monthly networking events. There will be cheap cocktails at student/disaster-interested-friendly prices, spirited discussions and some COPE-sponsored snacks. For each meeting, we will invite someone to talk for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. That’s it. Interesting people, cocktails and disaster and humanitarian related discussions.

March’s talk will focus on the issue of displacement and climate-induced resettlement due to extreme flooding. We will be focusing on the case of Zambia, a country where the government has planned to resettle entire communities impacted by climate change. Whilst guidelines for this, known as Planned Relocation, are being developed, lessons from the ground show additional points that need to be addressed.

Mikkel Funder is a senior research and specialist in climate change and the environment at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Having recently published an article discussing climate resettlement and ‘planned relocation’, he will be discussing his findings from a wider resilience perspective.

While frameworks and guidelines are emerging at the international level, some governments are already relocating affected communities. In Zambia, there has been resettlements of small-scale farmers and agro-pastoralists in response to flooding and changing rainfall patterns. 

Practical Information
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Date: 15th March 2018
Place: COPE, University of Copenhagen (CSS Campus), Building 24, 2nd floor, Øster Farimagsgade 5