Prevention, mitigation and, in some cases, rehabilitation have a
major role to play in breaking the seemingly unending cycle of degradation and
abandonment. In all cases, corrective action will be a second best approach. The
key to lasting solutions to both displacement and environmental degradation must
include the promotion of sound economic and environmental policies.
Organizations providing assistance to refugees and the displaced must
communicate effectively with economic development and environmental agencies as
well as with one another.
Effective interventions by refugee assistance and migration
organizations can also serve as a major learning opportunity for both the
displaced and local populations. This learning can have far-reaching and
multiplier effects and, to some extent, it can replace the work of separate