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 Jaafar, Geoffrey Kateregga, Ellen Percy Kraly, Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Stefan Lang, Catherine 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.
My sincere thanks to all of you who contributed to the cyberseminar,
Jamon Van Den Hoek, PhD | Asst Professor
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