35  Changing places

Migration and adaptation to climate change

Helen Adams and W. Neil Adger


Demographic change is a central part of human-environment interactions; relocation and population mobility are some of the key strategies that make environmental change tolerable. While almost never fully ascribable to environmental change, migration is one of many adaptation strategies to deal with changes in resource productivity and risk to life and livelihood. Therefore, migration can be conceptualized as an adaptation strategy to insecurity caused by environmental and other stressors and an important process in the sustainability of resource use in both sending and receiving areas.

Much of the discussion of migration and environmental ...

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