Successful intervention pathways for migration as adaptation (SUCCESS)

Migration is a key adaptation strategy in the face of climate change in every part of the world. This project seeks to generate new knowledge on the evaluation of adaptations that involve migration, mobility and immobility and to promote evidence-based narratives on the role of migration in the challenge of adapting to climate risks.

The research involves gathering data on the effectiveness of interventions across Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal countries that either directly enable migration as adaptation or have mobility consequences. It explores well-being, adaptive capacity and precarity as critical objectives and criteria for successful migration as adaptation. The research focuses on populations facing planned relocation, immobile and left behind populations, and people in urban migration destinations across the three countries and spans mountain, coastal, dryland and urban social-ecological systems, selected to represent all major dimensions of the mobility spectrum.

The research co-creates a set of evidence on what interventions work and for whom and how they should be evaluated to facilitate inclusive migration that meets goals of climate-resilient development. The project contributes evidence-based best practice for the three major challenges of planned relocation; apparently immobile and left-behind populations; and migrant integration in urban destinations. The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society actors to discuss and promote inclusive and equitable migration as adaptation that preserves rights and dignity of people on the move.