Successful Conclusion of the UMIMCC/UMML Project: Pioneering Urban Management for Climate Change Migration

GIZ Bangladesh announced the successful conclusion of the Urban Management of Internal Migration due to Climate Change/ Urban Management of Migration and Livelihoods (UMIMCC/ UMML) project.

The closing event held on 27 September 2023 gave an opportunity to share and discuss the experiences and findings gathered throughout the project’s implementation. We explored various aspects of climate-induced internal migration, sustainable livelihood creation, and urban development. Key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Social Welfare, local governments, development partners, and international organisations engaged in a constructive policy dialogue to address the challenges faced in these areas.

Mrs Jobaida Begum, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW), and Edwin Koekkoek, Team Leader, Delegation to the European Union to Bangladesh, made welcome remarks.

Dr. Dana de la Fontaine, Cluster Coordinator, GIZ Bangladesh, moderated a panel discussion where Mr Edwin Koekoek, Mr Florian Hoellen, Head of German Development Cooperation at the German Embassy to Dhaka, the Mayor of Khulna, Mr Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Director General Dr. Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal from the Department of Social Services (DSS), and Prof. Saleemul Huq from the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, deliberated.

The discussion brought forth valuable insights and offered solutions as to how climate migrants can be integrated. One point of discussion was land tenure security for the climate migrants and how to enhance social protection for them.

The highlights of the conference were the handover of the UMIMCC/UMML policy brief to the MoSW as well as a marketplace walk that showed the milestones and main achievements of the project.

The concluding part of the event was addressed by H.E. Charles Whiteley Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Honourable State Minister Md. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru and Honourable Additional Secretary and Chair of the session Md. Shariful Islam, both from the Ministry of Social Welfare.

This closing conference marks the beginning of a new phase in addressing the challenges of climate-induced internal migration. We hope that the knowledge shared, and the recommendations generated during this conference will guide future initiatives in creating sustainable livelihoods and ensuring the integration of climate migrants.

Thank you for your active contribution to the closing of UMIMCC/UMML.

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