EDGE Panel at the 2018 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in New Orleans (United States)

On 11 April 2018, EDGE partners organised and took part in a panel entitled « Politics of environmental changes: mapping the interactions between migration, territories and natural resources » at the latest American Association of Geographers (AAG)’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans).

Download the Press Release | Panel Presentation.

In the last few years, an increasing number of research works have sought to assess the environmental causes of migration and displacement. This has lead to the emergence of a new migration ‘category’: environmental migration. Yet only few works have addressed how this category was being used by different stakeholders in different policy forums and negotiation arenas. The goal of this panel was to look at the politics behind this migration category, as well as the policy responses associated with it. In particular, it looked at how this migration category redefines our appraisal of the concept of territory, with a specific attention paid to resources management and the associated linkages with migration policies.

Hugo Observatory Director François Gemenne chaired the panel, while Caroline Zickgraf (Hugo Observatory) presented on “Refugee Crisis in Europe: Challenging Environmental Adaptation” together with EUBA researcher Paula Puskarova.

Other EUBA panelists presented on “Water issues and migration in Eastern Europe: the case of Donbass crisis” (Mykhaylo Kunychka, Leonid Raneta), “Environmental tipping points as an inklings to adaptation policies” (Rudolf Kucharcik, Mikulas Cernota), and “Development-induced displacement: The case of dam construction in Slovakia and Czech Republic” (Natalia Hlavova, Michaela Ciefova).

This panel was presented within the framework of the EDGE project.