The inspiration to found RESAMA arose from the need to create an independent space for the articulation of professionals of different areas dedicated to environmental migrations that could, in a pioneering and collaborative way, stimulate the exchange of experiences and disseminate the theme in South America.
Over the years, the network has undergone a maturation process, diversifying its activities through participation in national and international public consultations and in the major international conferences on issues related to the Network’s mission, acting proactively and responding to the demands of strategic actors at national, regional and global level.
The main goals of RESAMA are:
I. work for the recognition and full protection of environmental migrants;
II. map evidence, collect data and experiences related to the impacts of environmental change on human mobility in the region;
III. create a solid network of researchers and professionals from different fields of knowledge to consolidate the role of the network in all countries of the region, aiming to create an observatory on climate change, disasters and human mobility in the region;
IV. generate knowledge through the production of publications and empirical research;
V. actively participate in the construction of strategies, policies and regulations aimed at the proper treatment of environmental migration in the global, regional and national levels, with an integrated approach, establishing the necessary communication between the themes of migration, climate change, disasters and human rights;
VI. promote constructive dialogue and act in cooperation with public actors, academia and other civil society and international organizations;
VII. participate in public hearings and other public consultation processes on the issue;
VIII. participate in associations, research groups and networks and other initiatives on the topic, inside and outside the South American region, incorporating the learning and shared experiences for the improvement of the network and its activities;
IX. train policy makers and decision makers on the issue.