Sustainable management of human mobility in the context of climate change


Improve actionable knowledge on HMCCC in the partner countries and regions, and in international/German development cooperation

  • Capacities of subnational, national, regional and supra-regional actors for handling HMCCC are strengthened
  • Knowledge generation for handling HMCCC are made accessible.
  • Advice on HMCCC is made available to German/international development cooperation.


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is financing the Global Programme ‘Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change’ (HMCCC) with the following goal: to improve the development-oriented handling of (internal) migration, disaster displacement and the voluntary and planned relocation of people in the context of climate change.

In the Philippines, key outputs include supporting the national partner, the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), to strengthen its capacities in the topic of internal migration in the context of climate change). Additionally, knowledge generation on internal migration in the context of slow-onset climate change impacts in the Philippines is another key output.

At regional level, the GP HMCCC works with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) to establish a range of regional support mechanisms to assist the Framework on Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) and the Boe Declaration on Regional Security of the Pacific Island states. It therefore provides technical, advisory, knowledge management and awareness raising support in the four focus countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). Based on in-country national consultations and regional baseline assessment results, the programme works on the development of national policies and guidelines to institutionalise the human mobility concepts within the legal frameworks of the focus countries.


  • Policy input/advisory services
  • Steering structure and multi-stakeholder convening
  • Knowledge generation (research) and management
  • Capacity building


National and subnational government agencies, local civil society organisations, and academia in the Philippines; including NGOs, faith based and communities in the Pacific


  • Inclusion of migration under ‘Human Security’ priority of the National Climate Change Action Plan.
  • Successful inclusion of climate change-relevant agencies within steering structure/technical working group
  • Various national and subnational research (case studies) on internal migration and climate change.
  • Internal migration advice regarding return migration due to COVID-19.
  • Subnational level action plan on integrating migration & climate change in local development planning.
  • Supported national partner in conducting Internal Migration Summit online
  • Supported Fiji’s Ministry of Economy´s Climate Change and International Cooperation Division finalize the National Planned Relocation Guidelines (2018) and the Displacement Guideline (2019)
  • Organised Scenario Workshops for government stakeholders on climate change and human mobility in the Pacific context for Vanuatu and Fiji (2019)
  • Communications and Media awareness raised through art – photo exhibitions and video of relocated communities and their stories in partnership with the University of the South Pacific’s School of Geography, Earth Sciences and Environment (2019)
  • Developed a module on the Pacific Gender Toolkit for the Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (2019)
  • Conducted the soft launch of the Draft Standard Operating Procedures for the Planned Relocation Guidelines to the government stakeholders responsible for the implementation and operations with the financial support of the NZ Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Philippines , Pacific Island Countries


2017 - 2023

Commission Agency