Vienna: People are increasingly being forced to move due to the effects of climate change. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are significantly affected in this regard. While climate-induced migration is a real and growing phenomenon, little is still known about it. The SAMAC project therefore aims to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) locally to address this topic.

The objectives are to build knowledge, research and evidence-gathering on climate-induced migration by CSOs for engagement with policy makers and the media. This should lead to constructive advocacy for effective policies that reduce the risks of environmental and climate-induced migration, and protect the rights of those forced to migrate as a result of climate change or environmental causes.

A policy briefing has been developed within this framework entitled "Climate migrants pushed to the brink". The study finds that people’s livelihoods in South Asia are being devastated by intense flooding, chronic drought, sea-level rise and changing weather patterns. A copy can be downloaded at the following link:

More information on SAMAC can be found at the following link: