FXB Center Data in Crises: Discussions on Climate Migration Driven by Disasters
South Asia, home to two billion people, has experienced devastating extreme weather events in the past decade – even more so than it has historically. Heatwaves, floods, and cyclones across Bangladesh, India, Neha and Pakistan have resulted in mass and billions of dollars of damage. As the frequency and intensity of these events rises as the climate changes, most households who will be most affected are already highly vulnerable to shocks even now. They work in the informal labor market, face frequent food insecurity, and live in unstable or insecure housing.
They are prone to epidemic infectious diseases and are dependent on their natural environment for their survival. Observations from complex humanitarian emergencies around the world show that millions may be trapped and unable to move, or have nowhere to go when, on longer time scales, rising sea levels, salt intrusion in coastal lands, heat and drought will affect food production and habitat, and disrupt health and livelihoods.
In this session, jointly hosted by CrisisReady, Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Harvard’s Mittal Institute on Thrusday, December 8 from 11-12pm, experts from local communities, academia, governmental and UN agencies examine the readiness of key stakeholders to use novel data streams to prepare for and respond to these disasters.
Dr. Liakath Ali
Director, Climate Change Programme & Urban Development Programme, BRAC (Bangladesh)
Michael Andrew Manalili
GIS Innovation and Development Lead, World Food Programme
Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (India)
Co-Director, CrisisReady; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Emergency Clinician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center