Climate Change, Migration and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean


This webinar series aims to analyze and reflect upon the dynamic, complex, and multilevel relationship between climate change, international migration, and population health in the unique regions of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  This webinar series will bring together scholars, practitioners, and community organizations to exchange scientific knowledge, share lived experiences, and discuss efforts to address myriad health issues facing populations on the move in a changing climate across the America. 

*Simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation will be available*

Video recordings will be available following each session for asynchronous view.



Webinar 1: Climate Forces on the Health and Well-being of Children on the Move in LAC. / Video Recording

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 11:00 GMT-3 

Climate change is an emerging yet understudied force on the health and well-being of international migrant children and adolescents. Over the past decade, we have seen a steady rise in the numbers of children traveling, especially unaccompanied or traveling with adults they do not know.  Social and health risks and vulnerabilities among migrant children have been recognized globally, yet the relevance of climate change as a direct and indirect driver of health outcomes is less understood. Local evidence from LAC can contribute to current global discussions around the health and protection of children on the move. 


Webinar 2: How Climate Change is Changing Women’s Health in LAC / Video Recording

Date: Tuesday 7 May 2024 at 11:00 GMT-3 

Migrant women of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds provide essential care to others globally, within and outside their families to sustain health, well-being and comfort to their loved ones. There is a large proportion of migrants who are women, even larger than male migrants in some countries. Female migration is marked by gender risks and vulnerabilities, and, at the same time, migrant women develop unique and powerful resources and resilience during transit and in host societies. Climate change has been poorly explored in its connection with migrant women´s health in LAC, and this webinar will expand evidence-based knowledge about how climate change is changing women´s health in this region. 


Webinar 3: Drought, Heat and Extreme Weather: Climate Forces on Food-Insecurity in LAC 

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2024 at 11:00 GMT-3 

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of drought, heatwaves, and extreme weather events in the LAC region, with profound impacts on agriculture, food production, and the overall well-being of communities in the region. This session will explore the role of climate-driven extreme weather events on food production and supply chains, identifying vulnerable regions and communities.  Experts from the region will examine existing policies and explore potential mitigation measures, sharing their insights on community-driven initiatives and solutions that foster resilience and sustainability in the face of climate-induced challenges. 


Webinar 4: Populations on the Move: How Climate Change Affects Migrants in LAC Transient Camps 

Date: Tuesday 3 September 2024 at 11:00 GMT-3 

The Latin American and Caribbean sub-continent has seen a significant rise in migrants-based transient camps. This is related to multiple factors, including climate change, risks during transit, and social marginalization and exclusion upon arrival in host countries, especially amongst migrants in irregular status and living in poverty. There is growing evidence around how such camps are created and sustained over time, as well as health risks related to poor material conditions, lack of access to clean water, stigma, and discrimination. In the meantime, migrants living in these camps find a way to resist and develop unique identities as they build complex social layers in their everyday activities. 


Webinar 5: The Health of Populations in Countries Affected by Climate Change in LAC 

Date: Tuesday 12 November 2024 at 11:00 GMT-3 

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