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Global Launch - ‘Water Shocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel’

3 May 2017,
8:30 to 10:00

Global launch of a new report linking the loss of wetlands in the Sahel region to increased social tensions and involuntary migration into Europe.

Development schemes are undermining the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable and poor inhabitants of the Sahel, due to loss and degradation of wetlands, whose productivity depends on seasonal flooding.

International funding is helping to build infrastructure for hydropower and irrigation schemes to meet growing energy and food demands in the Sahel Region. But such infrastructure can have a devastating impact on the fragile habitats of the wetlands and the tens of millions who depend on them.

Calling on decision makers at national and EU levels, development banks, and actors in humanitarian and development aid to take action, this new report highlights the connections between water management, wetlands and involuntary migration, including to Europe.

You are invited to join the authors, Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International and Fred Pearce, journalist, along with a representative from the Red Cross for the global launch of a new report, ‘Water Shocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel’. A panel discussion will follow, where high-level representatives will respond to the report’s conclusions.


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8.15 am - 8.45am Coffee & Light breakfast

8.45am - 9.15am Presentation of the Report: 'Water Shocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel'

9.15am - 10.00am Response to the report by high-level panel


For further information, please contact Martin Barry, Communications and Press Assistant, at


Please, due to the limited number of seats available, don't forget to register to the event.






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