closing remarks for the 2021 Refugee-Environment PERN Cyberseminar

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Jamon Van Den Hoek

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May 26, 2021, 10:25:16 AM5/26/21
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Dear Colleagues,

Thank you so much for a productive and far-reaching exchange of ideas and perspectives over the last two weeks around the demography and drivers of forced displacement, environmental conditions and change at refugee and IDP settlements, and climate change effects on refugee-environment relationships. 

If anything, the Cyberseminar has shown that we are still struggling with our limited ability to meaningfully understand refugee-environment relationships. We have ever increasing satellite and open geospatial data coverage yet information scarcity remains the norm in so many displacement settings, even those that have lingered for generations. We have a growing capacity for rapid response assessments in fragile and conflict-affected contexts but forward-looking anticipatory frameworks that grapple with tightening cycles of environmental change and violence are still in their nascency. We are concerned about the safety and security of displaced populations and their ability to (re-)establish productive relationships with community and land, but the empathy and advocacy that motivate research may be extinguished under the weight of empirics and theory. And amidst these struggles, the violence, persecution, and conflict that drives displacement persists. Despite the struggles, I am heartened to see the engagement of the PERN community during this Cyberseminar and look forward to future discussions.

Please join me in thanking our panelists for their contributions. Thank you to: Mohammad Jalal Abbasi Shavazi, Hadi JaafarGeoffrey KatereggaEllen Percy KralyAndrew KruczkiewiczStefan LangCatherine Nakalembe, and Victor Nyamori

Thanks as well to the Cyberseminar organizers, David Wrathall, Susana Adamo, and Alex de Sherbinin, to Lisa Lukang for helping to set-up and run the Cyberseminar, and to the broader PERN Scientific Committee.

As a reminder, panelist papers and the background paper are available on the Cyberseminar page, and a recording of the kickoff webinar is available on YouTube.

My sincere thanks to all of you who contributed to the cyberseminar,
Jamon


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Jamon Van Den Hoek, PhD | Asst Professor
Geography Program, CEOAS | Oregon State University
Oregon State University occupies land in the traditional territory of the 
Ampinefu ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya 
Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed 
to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now 
members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon 

Hadi Jaafar

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May 26, 2021, 10:30:07 AM5/26/21
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Thank you, Jamon, and all the organizers and the colleagues who have contributed to this successful, timely, and very important seminar.

Best

Hadi

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Alex de Sherbinin

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May 26, 2021, 2:47:27 PM5/26/21
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Dear All,

Owing to an error, the Webinar recording is now at a new link: https://youtu.be/ChBoPh7j-6A.  This replaces the link in Jamon's message.

Let me congratulate Jamon and David on organizing an excellent Cyberseminar, and also thank the panelists for their insightful contributions. The large number of postings to the PERNSEMINARS list was a testimony to the importance of the topic.

Best,
Alex


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