Webinar on ‘water, migration and rural development’

On 22 January, an open webinar will be hosted by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE’s ThriveNet. The webinar is 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).

The webinar is titled ‘Water, Migration and Rural Development: What Do We Know?‘, and the focus will be on outmigration from rural areas, especially, but not limiting to, examining environmental drivers of migration, including the role played by water insecurity, and the impacts of outmigration on the livelihoods of those who are left behind, especially women, those without land and youth.

The objectives of the webinar are to:

  • Share knowledge on rural outmigration and its linkages with water insecurity and impacts
  • Start discussing implications for development and policy interventions
  • Contribute to expand awareness on the nuances, including positive and negative, and complexities of migration, particularly for rural youth and vulnerable members of the communities

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