Finalist for the region South-East
Stability within change –
Approach to reduce climate-induced
The anthropogenic climate change presents countless challenges for us as a globalised society. With one of them being internal migration in
countries endangered by catastrophes of a climatic cause, the intellectual challenge for industrialised countries is the considerable responsibility to help. The aid to developing countries is a huge part of German foreign affairs. Within our research, we found a lot of ways to help countries that face climatic challenges, but never spotted anything that directed foreign help in these countries: To which regions should the development aid be distributed? Which sector needs help the most?
That’s why we created an index for this gap: The Climate Migration Risk Index.
The CMRI provides information on the necessity of help, directed region-wise, with a focus on three categories, by combining established indices and other factors:
1. sociopolitical factor:
The political-social pillar of the CMRI is formed with regards to corruption, the gap between the rich and the poor, the Human Development
2. economic factor:
The economic pillar of the CMRI consists of the GDP, governmental debt, trade relationships, infrastructure etc.
3. climatic factor:
The climatic pillar of the CMRI consists of the temperature changes of the region, the climate risk index, the aridity index etc.
The CMRI births a tool for the categorising of risks of climate migration. It is the first tool to imply political and economic data as a factor for risks, as
political and economic strength can help to tackle climatic challenges while political and economic weakness intensifies the risk.
The CMRI, as a tool that is easily understood, helps non-government organisations and governments to come to decisions regarding aid to regions
affected by climate change. It applies to various aspects regarding a highly complex topic and is applicable to every region of the world. It works as
a generalistic tool and therefore advances the fight against the symptoms of climate change by showing certain risk-areas.