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WHO WE AREThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 175 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has had a presence in Sri Lanka since 2002.
Our WorkAs the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration, IOM plays a key role to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through different areas of intervention that connect both humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.
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From 2005 onwards, it is hard to identify a year where Sri Lanka’s weather pattern of two monsoons and two inter-monsoons have arrived at normal times, and with normal volumes. Droughts, flood and landslide incidents in quick succession, within a few months of each other, and alternating within the same districts, affect vulnerable communities and their capacity to cope. The compounded impacts of multiple disasters further impact the capacity of communities to prepare for, and to reduce risk to future events, including the impacts of climate change.
Sri Lanka faces a multitude of natural hazards including seasonal flooding and drought caused by uneven rainfalls, landslides set off by natural and human causes, and violent winds and tropical cyclones. Hazard risks are combined with numerous environmental issues including the post-conflict landscapes, land degradation and deforestation, scarcity of water, resource extraction and coastal erosion.
In line with the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Plan 2018-2030 and the National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to work with the national Government, local authorities, humanitarian partners and affected communities to better prepare for, and build resilience to disasters and climate change.