In 2015, more than 19.2 million people fled disasters in 113 countries. Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide.
The basics of climate change, disasters and displacement
As climate change continues, it will likely lead to more frequent and severe natural hazards. The impact will be heavy. Climate change causes poverty and food shortages, and forces even higher numbers of men, women and children to flee their homes.
On average, 26 million people are displaced by disasters such as floods and storms every year. That's one person forced to flee every second.
Our climate change and disaster work
NRC prioritises the rights and protection of displaced people in disasters.
- We protect displaced people during and after disasters.
- We prevent displacement by building resilience in countries at risk.
- We deploy experts to strengthen the capacity of UN, regional and national partners who work on reducing disaster risks and adapting to climate change.
- We expand and share our knowledge through research and analysis.
- We achieve long-term policy solutions through advocacy.
On the ground
NRC works to prevent disaster and climate displacement, and strengthen resilience among displaced communities.
Our climate and disaster work on the ground falls within three pillars:
- Short- and long-term environmental impact assessments.
- Design and use of programmes that reduce negative environmental impact created by displaced populations and humanitarian aid.
- Community guidance on assessing environmental risks, adapting coping strategies and developing sustainable environmental practices.
In all our projects, we take care to limit our environmental footprint.
Read more about how NRC cares for the environment.
Data and research
Our International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is a global leader on figures related to disasters, natural hazards, climate change and displacement. Through its statistical calculations and patterns, IDMC can predict numbers of people at risk of disaster and climate change displacement in years to come.
Our strong data collections allow us to collaborate with governments and organisations to develop strategies that help communities at risk.
Learn more about IDMC's research.
Advocating for people displaced by climate change and disasters
The numbers speak for themselves. Policymakers, humanitarian and development organisations alike need to address, prevent and lessen the fatal impact of climate change.
NRC shares our successes and lessons learned with the broader humanitarian, disaster and climate change community, and stands up for those displaced by disaster and climate. We advocate for protection and assistance to become central components of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and development planning. We work to influence global and regional policies so that they reflect these concerns.
NRC also participates in the implementation of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda. Here, we explore what happens when people displaced by disasters and climate change move across national borders.
Deploying our experts
When a natural disaster strikes, our experts deploy at a moment's notice. Where climate-related events might force people to flee, we send specialists to help them prepare.
NORCAP, our stand-by capacity roster, deploys our experts to the UN, regional institutions and national authorities. A number specialise in climate change adaptation, meteorology and hydrology, as well as reducing and managing disaster risk.
Our experts respond quickly to natural disasters, or work on improving local systems to help communities prepare for, and prevent, climate-related events harmful to their livelihoods.
Read more about our expert deployments.
Collaborating with our partners allows us to better serve those displaced by climate and disaster.
Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility
Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) http://www.raednetwork.org/about.html
Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po)
International Organisation for Migration
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations University
World Meteorological Organisation
Through our NORCAP deployments, we also partner with a number of UN agencies: the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, FAO, WFP AND UNHCR.
NRC joins 13 agencies in urgent call to action for worsening Horn of Africa drought crisis
Recent drought in the Horn of Africa has led to an urgent food and water crisis. More than 15 million people in parts of Somalia, southeast Ethiopia, and north and east Kenya are in need of emergency aid due to the failure of the 2016 October - December rains in the region.
Everybody needs to act
Attending this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco, we highlighted how climate services is a crucial tool to reaching the goals established in last year’s Paris agreement. But for it to succeed, everyone must pull together.
Drought in Somalia
Poor rainfall and water shortages in Somalia leave five million people facing acute food insecurity. “The signs we are noting at the moment is what we have not seen in the past 30 years of our life”, said a person living close to the Kenyan border. To prevent any further crisis, the humanitarian sector must act now.