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Addressing Human Mobility in National Climate Policy

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Addressing Human Mobility in National Climate Policy

Insights from Updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in South America


Serraglio, Diogo Andreola; Benjamin Schraven; Natalia Burgos Cuevas 2022: Addressing human mobility in national climate policy: insights from updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in South America. Briefing Paper 4/2022. Bonn: German Development Institute.

This briefing paper, co-authored by Ecologic Institute's Natalia Burgos Cuevas, provides an overview of how the climate change–human mobility nexus has been addressed in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted thus far by South American countries and identifies pathways towards improved management of population movements in revised NDCs. To date, a partial integration of the human mobility perspective prevails: References to the topic indicate a slow – but progressive – acknowledgment of the impacts of a changing climate in vulnerable communities, which may include human displacement. Given the urgent need to move forward from the recognition of the topic to the establishment of effective measures to tackle forced population movements associated with the impacts of climate change, the updating of NDCs – currently under way in the region – entails an opportunity to incorporate strategies aimed at enhancing the management of human mobility.

Whereas South American countries are experiencing increased population movements in the context of climate change, the international climate governance agenda calls for the adoption of specialised legislation and for enhanced cooperation among different policy frameworks. The revision and update of the NDCs provide a window of opportunity to mainstream human mobility discussions in climate policy frameworks and, thus, support the uptake of effective measures to address the topic.


Dr Diogo Andreola Serraglio (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
Dr Benjamin Schraven (German Development Institute)
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South America