Dr Bilesha Weeraratne Discusses Disparity in Support for Climate-Related Disasters in Sri Lanka

16 May 2023

According to IPS Research Fellow Dr Bilesha Weeraratne, there is an overall disparity in the support provided by the state and other stakeholders between rapid-onset and slow-onset disasters. Dr Weeraratne highlighted these research findings during the launch of the assessment report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), attended by key stakeholders and experts in the field. The report is based on a collaborative study between the IPS, the IOM, and the Ministry of Environment, which aimed to investigate the linkages between climate change and migration in Sri Lanka.

The study, conducted as part of the project titled ‘Understanding Migration, Environmental Degradation, and Climate Change in Sri Lanka‘ and supported by the IOM Development Fund, emphasised the importance of understanding the coping strategies used by affected communities and the impact of climate disasters on household income and livelihoods. These insights are crucial for the development of effective policies and support systems. The findings specifically highlighted the need for enhanced support during the early stages of slow-onset disasters and the significance of addressing the psychological well-being of affected communities.

Dr Weeraratne stressed that by recognising the complexities and dynamics of climate-related migration, Sri Lanka can work towards sustainable solutions that protect the livelihoods and well-being of its vulnerable populations.

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Climate-Related Disasters
Climate-Related Disasters