From the Editors

In his article on page 47 of this issue, Craig Johnstone, Deputy High Commissioner of UNHCR, says that “Our generation has failed to live up to its obligations to prevent climate change. We need urgently to prepare now for the human consequences of climate change.” One of those consequences is the displacement of people from their homes, whether temporarily or permanently. Researchers and politicians may argue about the numbers likely to be forced to move but all concur about the need for preparation, adaptation, mitigation – and collaboration. We hope that all readers will be challenged, inspired and informed by the articles in this FMR.

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We are very grateful to Andrew Morton of UNEP and Scott Leckie of Displacement Solutions for working with us as special advisors on this issue. We would also like to thank the following agencies for their generous funding and support: the United Nations Environment Programme, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, GTZ/German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development.

We also wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed funds to support FMR during 2008. FMR is wholly dependent on external funding and we are deeply appreciative of both your financial support and your enthusiastic collaboration. (Please see page 79 for a list of FMR donors.) If you have ideas for themes for future FMR issues that your agency or department might be willing to support financially, please do contact the Editors.

Website relaunch
With this issue of FMR we are relaunching the FMR website. We hope you find the new website – still at – easier to navigate and more informative. We will also shortly be putting online an index of FMR articles, searchable by country and theme.

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With best wishes.

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson


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