Vision & Mandate
Each year, tens of millions of people across the globe are driven from their homes by floods, storms, droughts, and other weather-related disasters. As rising temperatures result in more extreme weather, growing food insecurity, and rising sea levels, human and natural systems will continue to experience shocks, and displacement will affect an increasing number of people around the world.
The Climate Migrants and Refugees Project was founded to meet this need. In 2021, the Climate Migrants and Refugees Project underwent a rebranding process and was renamed the Climate Displacement Planning Initiative. Learn more here.
WE DEVELOP RESEARCH, RESOURCES, AND COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE TO SERVE THE AT-RISK PEOPLE MOVING WITHIN AND TO CANADA BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
The Climate Displacement Planning Initiative (CDPI) is a Canadian non-profit that helps governments, particularly cities and local governments, address climate change displacement and help those who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and ancestral territories due to climate change.
CLIMATE-DISPLACED PERSONS EXPERIENCE SAFE, DIGNIFIED, AND JUST MOBILITY WITHIN AND TO CANADA.
Although climate-induced displacement is a global problem, CDPI is focused on those who are displaced within and to Canada. We aim to mobilize Canadian cities and urban change-makers to explore how we can integrate emerging environmental, social, and economic challenges into urban resilience planning.
Theory of Change
CDPI's theory of change is predicated on an understanding of three interrelated problems which we seek to address through our research and programming.
Problem 1 — there is a fundamental, overlapping lack of knowledge and awareness of the current scale and scope of climate displacement. This, in turn, is reflected in a complete vacuum of responsibility and jurisdiction over the problem area, especially in national and regional policy-making.
CDPI aims to respond to this issue by providing key actors with research and information to build awareness and understanding.
Problem 2 — because of these fundamental knowledge gaps, there is no effective governance system in Canada or elsewhere that integrates existing climate action and resilience priorities with a dynamic understanding of displacement, mobility, and climate change. This can create mandate misalignment and contradictions in how governments plan for and respond to displacement.
CDPI aims to address this challenge by developing frameworks and policy lenses that integrate climate displacement within the broader world of urban resilience planning. When working with national or other senior governments CDPI strives to always integrate an urban perspective in recommendations and advocacy.
Problem 3 — as a result of low knowledge and a mandate vacuum, there are limited and often very poor pathways for mobility and resettlement for those who face climate displacement. This is sadly true across the whole spectrum of mobility related to climate change, with gaps in emergency evacuation all the way to long-term, permanent resettlement.
CDPI aims to address this challenge by developing tangible recommendations, toolkits, and other resources to directly address climate displacement challenges. By working directly with practitioners, we hope to provide the resources to drive on-the-ground projects and investments that can help those most at risk of displacement and those already displaced.
THESE ARE THE VALUES, BELIEFS, AND PRINCIPLES THAT CDPI IS COMMITTED TO UPHOLDING AND THAT ARE INTEGRAL TO THE WORK THAT WE DO.