• Sunday, 2 December 2018
  • 11:00-12:30 | Bonn time (GMT+1)

Discussion Forum 16: Managing migration and remittances for environmentally sustainable and socially responsive landscapes

Addis Abebe

Speaker Events:
Dr. Fraser Sudgen, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham.
Peter Cronkleton, Senior Scientis, Forest and Human Well-Being CIFOR
Dr. Charles Martin Shields – Researcher Deutsches Institut fur Entwicklungspolitik (D.I.E) / German Development Institute

Dr. Dorothea Pio – Biodiversity Finance Specialist, Fauna and Flora International
Dr. Paola Agostini – Lead Environmental Economist, the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice
Lampat Parashina – Maasai leader and rangelands practitioner from Southern Kenya, the South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO)
Dr Nur Hygiawati Rahayu – Director of Forestry and Water Resources Conservation, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)
Eileen Mairena – Researcher & Advocacy Officer on Climate Finance and Territorial Governance, The Centre for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI)
Fabian Schmidtz- Pramov – Advisor GIZ

Welcome Remarks: Christopher Martius – Team Leader, Climate Change Energy and Low Carbon, CIFOR
Moderator: Kartika Sari Juniwaty – Lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Indonesia and CIFOR Associate

The objective of the session will be to bring together leading researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers working on the nexus between migration and sustainable development in order to facilitate a discussion on leveraging research and evidence at various levels (local, national and global) for informed policy-making and to deliberate on a set of action points for moving forward.

Migration and remittances have been occupying unprecedented attention in the global policy arena recently. This can be attributed to the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe as well as integration of migration and remittances in the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development. Unlike its predecessor MDGs, SDGs recognize that migration and remittances play a critical role in reducing inequalities within and between countries (SDG 10), and generating the resources needed to achieve the global commitments for sustainable development (SDG 17). Enhanced mobility, changes in populations and communities in both sending and receiving areas, and the remittances that mobility generates, are key elements of current transitions especially in the developing world. And yet, there is a disconnect between how migration is framed in SDG 10 and SDG 17, which are focused on the social dimensions of ‘sustainable development’, and other goals concerned with ‘environmental’ dimensions’ of SDGs (including those related to climate action).

Similarly, at the national level in many developing countries, there is little attention on how migration and remittances can be managed to transform landscapes for improved human wellbeing and greater climate resilience. The limited existing scholarship tends to be premised on simplistic assumptions about the role of migration and its impact on climate change, livelihoods and sustainability of natural resources. Hence, there are considerable gaps in data available for effective and equitable policy-making.

The panel discussions will bring together practical experiences and innovative research from multiple locations across Asia, Africa and Latin America on the nexus among migration, remittances and sustainable landscapes.

Website Migration:

Migration and Forests: People in motion, landscape in transition



missing links in the forest migration nexus an analysis of trends literature and data sources

the impact of migration and remittances on natural resources in tajikistan

People in motion, forest in transition


Forest News:

Remittances and Reforestation

Gaharu A Migration Story



The returnee

Left behind in Nepal: Shanti’s story

Left behind in Nepal: Sita Story