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Schloss Leopoldskron
New Paradigms for Behavioral and Mental Health Care 
Addressing the Challenges of Climate Migration: Legal Protections, Resilience & Eco-Security
17 Dec - 20 Dec, 2014
 The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?

Abstract:
As the 21st century advances and the global population rises, competition for water, energy and natural resources will cut across policy agendas, from trade and investment to agriculture, infrastructure and defense. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem mismanagement reflect cumulative governance failures and act as a threat multiplier to economic and social sustainability. Citizens across developed, developing, and least-developed countries will find it increasingly difficult to rely on governments or insurance companies as systemic vulnerabilities escalate. In areas worst-affected by drought, flooding, declining crop yields, and health threats, "climate migrants" will leave their homes and land.

Predictions of climate-induced displacement are shocking - 200 million people by 2050. Since 1990, when the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested that large-scale migrations might represent the "greatest single impact" on world security, scientists have scaled up their predictions and highlighted the risks associated with slow-onset disasters (such as sea level rise, droughts, and environmental degradation) and rapid-onset disasters (such as earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes). In 2014, the IPCC has acknowledged the multitude of climatic and non-climatic drivers of migration but says that there is no question that "human security will be progressively threatened as the climate changes."

Salzburg Global Seminar is hosting a strategy session to design a multi-year program to connect and accelerate actions addressing the challenges of mass migrations resulting from climate change. Salzburg Global will convene top practitioners, researchers, and economic actors to crystallize what is known about the likely patterns and timeframe of climate-induced migration and assess practical options for refugee policy; urban demographics, absorption capacity, disaster preparedness and resilience; innovations for food and water supply systems; international and national legal, financial, and practical tools and frameworks; the interlocking long-term nature of trans-boundary and global climate and ecological risks and costs; and regional and national security.


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