Climate Refugees: Supporting Receiving Communities - A Webinar Hosted by CDP

Thursday, July 14, 2022 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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*This program is hosted by our partner, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, within the first year, about 130,000 people fled the island. More than one-third of them moved to Florida.

Seventeen years after Hurricane Katrina, 30,000 people from New Orleans remain in Houston, and tens of thousands more are displaced around the state and the remainder of the country. The city has regained only 80% of its pre-storm population.

A February 2022 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that: “Over the next 30 years, 143 million people are likely to be uprooted by rising seas, drought, searing temperatures and other climate catastrophes.” Where is everyone going?

Many people are displaced within their own countries. For example, the World Bank anticipates that Bangladesh will have at least 19 million people internally displaced because of climate-related disasters by 2050. Others must flee their home nation, essentially becoming refugees. Despite its common usage, “climate refugees” are not a recognized class of people and are not protected under international refugee laws.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is hosting a webinar to provide funders with information about the issue of climate migration, focusing on the new communities and countries that climate-displaced individuals find themselves in through planning or circumstance. It will examine the term “climate refugees,” discuss how receiving communities can support and prepare for climate-and disaster-displaced populations, and share examples of existing responses.

What will you learn?

At the end of this webinar, funders will:

  • Have an increased understanding of the debate around “climate refugees.”
  • Identify ways to support adaptation measures and receiving communities.
  • Learn more about current needs and issues from different locations worldwide.


  • Sarah Jamesen, Operations Lead, USA for IOM
  • Abu Sadat Moniruzzaman Khan, Climate Change Programme Head, BRAC
  • Austin Snowbarger (Moderator), Manager of Learning and Partnerships, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • List of Speakers in Formation

Who should attend?

While aimed at funders, it may also be of interest to emergency managers, academics, disaster responders and NGO staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.

How do I sign up?

Registration is required by July 13th.

Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.
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