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Addressing the Root Causes of Climate Migration .

Event | October 28, 2021

Chemonics and Foreign Policy teamed up to host a webinar on climate-driven migration and investing in climate-resistant solutions to this complex challenge.

On October, 28, 2021, Chemonics partnered with Foreign Policy to convene a virtual dialogue to examine the nexus of climate and migration and the role of international development in tackling this urgent aspect of the climate crisis. By 2050, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia will generate an estimated 143 million more climate migrants. Worldwide, more than 1 billion people will live in countries with insufficient physical and social infrastructure to withstand climate change. The scope and scale of human migration driven by environmental factors is already testing the limits of international governance and cooperation. A series of experts, including Congressman Joaquin Castro and Chemonics’ Chris Perine, discussed how advances in climate modeling and data analysis can mitigate the root causes of climate migration. The panelists also explored approaches that harness on-the-ground expertise to forecast and manage risks and design mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Opening Speakers

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro, Democrat, Texas
  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone


  • Justin Ginnetti, Senior Officer, Information Management and Risk Analysis, IFRC
  • Jami Montgomery, Division Chief for the Resilient Communities and Systems, U.S. Agency for International Development Center for Resilience
  • Christopher Perine, Director, Corporate Environmental Sustainability, Chemonics


  • Reena Nina, Founder of Good Trouble Productions