As climate change continues to manifest around the world, more than 80 million people are set to be displaced by 2050, unless urgent action to contain global warming is taken.
In its latest report released a week ago, the World Bank warns that at least 86 million people in the region are at the risk of being transformed into climate migrants escaping crop failure, water scarcity and a rise in sea levels.
The report, Groundswell—Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, identified sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America — which account for 55 per cent of the developing world’s populations — as the “hotspots” with a total of 143 million people, representing 2.8 per cent of the regions’ populations expected to be displaced over the period.
“Every day, climate change becomes a more urgent economic, social, and existential threat to countries and their people. We see this in cities facing unprecedented water crises, in coastal areas experiencing destructive storm surges, and in once vibrant agricultural areas no longer able to sustain essential food crops,” said World Bank chief executive Kristalina Georgieva.
In East Africa, the report estimates that the region could see about 10.1 million climate migrants by 2050.
Kenya’s and Tanzania’s coastal regions, western Uganda, and parts of the northern highlands of Ethiopia are the likely hotspots.
“These ‘hotspots’ are increasingly marginal areas and can include low-lying cities, coastlines vulnerable to sea level rise, and areas of high water and agriculture stress,” the report said.
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and Tanzania’s and Dar Es Salaam will experience dampened population growth due to reliance on increasingly unpredictable rainfall and rising sea level and storm surges.