Planning for Climate Migrants and Refugees
You'll learn about:
Make planners understand that large number of people are going to have to move as a result of climate change and that many of them are likely to come to North America (or change places within it)
Showcase some of the different impacts that this massive, un-planned for, influx of people could cause within current planning paradigms
Offer some lessons and experiences from those who are already dealing with climate migrants and refugees
Inspire discussion around what planners can do at every scale of governance to facilitate these transitions
With increasing natural disasters, drought, food insecurity, and sea level rise, climate change migrants are a topic of immense and growing importance on a global scale. The critical task of resettling migrants in receiving cities pose several challenges to the planning profession; housing availability, innovative housing models, and strategies for community integration will be in urgent demand. While most observers tend to think of climate change as something that will only negatively impact developing countries, this event aims to highlight the problems North American cities may encounter as a result of these changes, and inspire planners to anticipate and respond to these impacts in innovative ways.
The event will bring together experts from a variety of different disciplines, including diplomats, international legal and policy experts, sustainability technicians, and planning practitioners that have experience working in migrant and refugee resettlement processes. As the panel progresses, participants will gain a better understanding of the broad forces in climate migrants and refugees, consider how their community will be impacted (e.g., will they be a sending or receiving area?), and learn what they can do to prepare for that threat.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerRonald (Ronny) Jumeau has been the Republic of Seychelles’ New York-based roving Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues since 2012. He started his career as a journalist and then Chief Editor of the Seychelles Nation daily newspaper. He became Secretary to the Cabinet in the Office of the President of Seychelles in 1992 before holding several ministerial posts from 1998 to 2007 including that of Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, which included responsibility for climate change, conservation, water, forestry, agriculture and fisheries. Amb. Jumeau was posted to New York in 2007 as Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States, Canada, Brazil, Cuba and several Caribbean islands until 2012 when he became a global activist for the survival of his and other island nations. He is the Alternate Member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and a Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of SIDS DOCK, the international renewable energy and energy efficiency initiative for SIDS. He was Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Island Partnership from 2013 to 2015 and is currently a Vice-Chair, and Chief Spokesperson of the Alliance of Small Island States from 2012 to 2014.
Confirmed SpeakerSally Russell Cox is a planner with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) in Anchorage. Alaska. She has worked for DCRA for 13 years, focusing largely on assisting Alaskan communities dealing with the impacts of climate-related natural hazards . Sally manages several DCRA efforts which focus on community resilience and climate change adaptation: · The Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program, which provides planning assistance and funding to communities impacted by climate change phenomena · The Alaska Community Coastal Protection Project, in which resiliency plans have been developed for the communities of Kivalina, Shaktoolik and Shishmaref · The Alaska Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program, a FEMA-funded program that provides communities with hazard information and tools they can use to strengthen local ability to make informed decisions about reducing risk Sally has coordinated the Newtok Planning Group, an interagency planning group that has assisted the village of Newtok in its relocation efforts, since 2006. Sally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Planning and has completed graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning. She currently serves as the Region 1 Vice President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Zhuo is currently pursuing a Masters of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. As a student and young professional, she strives to hone her skills and build capacity in areas of urban design, urban development, and community planning. Her cross-disciplinary interests stem from her academic background in life science and psychology, paired with work experience in health geography and sustainability planning research. Anna's experience as part of an immigrant family as well as her involvement with the temporary resettlement of a refugee family drives her work in advancing settlement and integration planning in Canada.
Confirmed SpeakerCristyn Edwards is from Montreal and completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University with a focus in environmental studies and international development. Before coming to UBC SCARP for her master’s degree, she previously for the Trans Canada Trail, a non-profit organization focused on community engagement and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Her volunteer experience includes working with a group of UBC students to create an online welcome map for Syrian refugees in Vancouver. Cristyn is currently a Masters student at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, where she is focusing on planning for vulnerable populations.