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Security Mobility Initiative Advocates Adaptation Strategy for African Pastoralists

29 June 2010: The Security Mobility Initiative has released a report titled "Advocating for Safe Movement as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Pastoralists in the Horn and East Africa."

The report recommends urgent action to assist pastoralists cope with the rising impacts of climate change, including strategies by governments to facilitate safe passage across borders in the Horn and East Africa region. Key findings include that the effects of climate change and its impact on pastoral communities are now more conspicuous than ever, with evidence pointing to increasing levels of migration and conflict over often scarce resources. According to the report, vulnerability, a lack of preparedness, and appropriate, timely and relevant responses to natural disasters have left millions in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Security Mobility Initiative is an inter-agency partnership among the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Institute for Security Studies. [IISD RS Sources] [UN Press Release] [Link to Synthesis of the Report]