European Year for Development

European Year for Development


Entwined Destinies: Migration, Environment and Climate Change

© Alessandro Grassani

As the international community gathers in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to agree upon key measures that will inevitably shape our climate and our future, IOM in France is presenting an exhibition on environmental migration. Every year, disasters and environmental degradation drive millions of people out of their homes, land and communities. Migration as a consequence of climate change, as well as a strategy for adaptation, is one of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century.

The exhibition features photographs of award-winning photographer and journalist Alessandro Grassani, who has travelled across the world to collect stories of environmental migrants. His powerful photos provide a poignant account of the lives of those who have to struggle and adapt to a changing environment on a daily basis.

The exhibition explores the links between environmental change, migration and local communities through pictures from Bangladesh, Haiti, Kenya and Mongolia. The photos in Haiti were taken in the framework of the EU-funded MECLEP project, of which Haiti is a pilot country.

In parallel, the exhibition provides an insight into the forthcoming Atlas of Environmental Migration, which is the first publication to explore environmental migration through more than a hundred maps, graphics and case studies (Ionesco, D., Mokhnacheva, D., and Gemenne, F., 2016 (forthcoming), Atlas of Environmental Migration, London, Routledge.).

Finally, two documentaries will be screened at the Museum of the History of Immigration as part of this programme, followed by an exchange with film makers and experts. These two films explore two of the major impacts of climate change that greatly affect millions of people worldwide and drive migration: sea level rise, and desertification.

Where & when

Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration – Aquarium tropical Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration – Aquarium tropical, 293 Avenue Daumesnil , 75012 , Paris, France
Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration – Aquarium tropical
293 Avenue Daumesnil
Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 10:00
Sunday, 20 December 2015, 19:00


Daria Mokhnacheva
Project Officer, Migration, Environment and Climate Change

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