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Webinar: Water, Migration and Rural Development - What Do We Know?

Join Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE's ThriveNet on Jan. 22 for a webinar exploring our knowledge on the linkages between water insecurity and outmigration from rural areas.

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Organised under the framework of the water and migration working group of WASAG (Global Framework for Water Scarcity in Agriculture) and the MARIS network (Migration, Agriculture and Resilience: Initiative for Sustainability), this webinar aims to share knowledge on linkages between water insecurity and outmigration from rural areas.

Many discourses, pre-conceptions, and controversies surround the migration debate. Much of these conversations focus on international migration from lower income countries to richer countries, providing simplistic perceptions about the motivations and impacts of migration. The webinar will present evidence and knowledge gaps to start a discussion on implications for potential interventions, highlighting issues of water insecurity and impacts on community members left behind.

The discussion will highlight outmigration from rural areas, and the environmental drivers of migration – specifically the role of water insecurity. Speakers will address the impacts of outmigration on the livelihoods of those who are left behind, especially women, those without land, and youth. 

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Share knowledge on rural outmigration and its linkages to water insecurity
  • Begin discussing implications for development and policy interventions
  • Expand awareness surrounding the nuances and complexities of migration (both positive and negative), particularly for rural youth and vulnerable community members.

The main target audience includes policy makers and development practitioners, especially those focusing on rural development, agriculture, water resources management.

Hosted by the Global Water Partnership (GWP)