Our objective is to increase the climate resilience of forcibly displaced people and their host communities
Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes as a result of persecution, violence, conflict, extreme weather events and natural disasters. We are now witnessing the highest level of displacement on record; by June 2021 more than 84 million people worldwide had been forcibly displaced (UNHCR, 2021).
Climate change is a key driver behind the increase in displacement, both directly and indirectly. At the same time, we know that refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and other people who have been evicted from their land are particularly exposed to the impacts of the climate crisis. This is because many live in fragile environments and/or climate change hot spots. The increase in population in these fragile environments often leads to environmental degradation, which in turn aggravates the impact of climate change on both the host community and displaced people. It can also lead to tension and hostility between the host and displaced communities as they compete over scarce natural resources.
We support displaced people and their host communities to increase their resilience to the climate crisis by funding initiatives that will have a positive impact on their quality of life and on the natural environment.
We provide multi-year grant funding to large and small registered charities, NGOs and established social enterprises.
We give preference to initiatives that foster, or already demonstrate, a positive engagement between the displaced and host communities.