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New DS Project to Prevent Climate Displacement Commences in Myanmar: Establishing the Myanmar National Climate Land Bank

New DS Photo Essay on Climate Displacement in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Major New DS/NRC Report on Myanmar's Next Challenge: Making Restitution a Reality and a Part of the Peace Process

Now Available in Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles

New DS Project to Prevent Climate Displacement Commences in Myanmar: Establishing the Myanmar National Climate Land Bank

In Myanmar, land disputes and displacement are widespread and likely to worsen as the effects of climate change increase across the country. Based on DS' many years of experience working in Myanmar, it is clear that without appropriate counter-measures and innovative policies, conflict over land is likely to increase as large numbers of people affected by rising sea levels and worsening storms can no longer remain in their homes along the country’s lengthy coastline and seek to relocate to higher ground. If not managed properly, this process could all too easily result in tension, violence, and even new forms of conflict. In policy terms, therefore, DS strongly believes that there is a pressing need in Myanmar to identify and allocate land at a level commensurate with the scale of present and likely future climate displacement in the development of domestic strategies and laws to address the problem. The establishment of a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank (MNCLB) would act as the central institutional tool in this process. The aim of the MNCLB would be to set up land set-aside programmes of parcels of State land in a bid to prevent land conflict and resolve climate displacement in a rights-based manner…...
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New DS Photo Essay on Climate Displacement in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

From 2016-2020 Displacement Solutions is implementing its Climate Displacement Land Initiative (CDLI) in five frontline countries presently grappling with the very real effects of climate change. Building on our more than a decade of field experience working on climate displacement issues, during the Initiative we are working with groups in Bangladesh, Colombia, Fiji, Panama and the Solomon Islands to identify areas vulnerable to climate displacement and land sites near these threatened areas that could serve as viable relocation sites for communities no longer able to remain in their current homes. Our new report focuses on one of the first places in the Solomon Islands facing climate displacement and the quest to find new land resources for those needing to move from their present homes. In late 2016, DS sent photo-journalist Beni Knight to Lau Lagoon on the island of Malaita to document the challenges facing island dwellers in the area. This report builds on earlier efforts of the Initiative in the country, most notably our groundbreaking work on Ontong Java Atoll, which were also spearheaded by Beni. Our report Climate Displacement in Ontong Java Atoll, Solomon Islands and our film on the same theme were some of the first efforts…...
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Major New DS/NRC Report on Myanmar's Next Challenge: Making Restitution a Reality and a Part of the Peace Process

Displacement Solutions and the Norwegian Refugee Council have called for dialogue on the establishment of a new nationwide restitution programme that would return homes, land and properties to their rightful owners and its inclusion in the peace process. The new report Restitution in Myanmar: Building Lasting Peace, National Reconciliation and Economic Prosperity Through a Comprehensive Housing, Land and Property Restitution Programme explores both the progress made towards ending practices of land grabbing and forced displacement, as well as pointing out the still considerable gaps between law and policy in the country and international law and best practices. Based on the extensive global restitution experiences of both organisations, the report takes the view that redressing housing, land and property abuses and creating pathways by which those affected can access legal remedies for these losses. Though some important strides have been made to address some manifestations of land grabbing by the NLD-led government, millions of people throughout the country and overseas, including refugees and IDPs, have not yet been able to formally reclaim their homes. The report argues that restitution must form a central component of the peace process and find a prominent place within any eventual peace agreements. The report continues…...
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Now Available in Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles

  One of our recent books - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles - edited by DS Director Scott Leckie and long-time DS associate Prof. Chris Huggins and published by Routledge in 2015 is now available in paperback. The book provides detailed explanations and interpretations of the Peninsula Principles and includes in-depth discussion of the legal, policy, and programmatic efforts needed to uphold the standards and norms embedded in thePrinciples. The book aims to provide scholars and policy-makers with the conceptual understanding necessary to ensure that national-level policies are in place to respond to the climate displacement challenge, as well as a firm sense of the programme-level approaches that can be taken to anticipate, reduce, and manage climate displacement. This remains one of the only books dedicated to finding concrete solutions to climate displacement and is an invaluable source for lawyers, organisations, governments and others dedicated to preventing, repairing and resolving climate displacement wherever it occurs. You can find an order form for the book here - Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement The Peninsula Principles 1MB - We hope you will read the book and apply the approaches it outlines! New land for lost land, new housing for lost housing!...
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LIFE ON A VANISHING ATOLL

A new short film produced by Displacement Solutions chronicles the very real changes facing the people of Ontong Java, as they face an uncertain future. 

 

DSOMETHING!

This short four-minute DS film about land solutions to climate displacement provides a short overview of why land lies at the core of repairing climate displacement and how much land the world will need to find solutions for the world’s growing climate displaced population. Check it out!

 

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DISPLACEMENT SOLUTIONS

Displacement Solutions (DS) works to empower displaced people and refugees to exercise their right to return and have restored to them their original homes, lands and properties. DS works together with and on behalf of people who have been displaced not only by conflict, forced eviction or other human rights abuses, but also natural disaster, climate change or other circumstances beyond their control. DS assists in finding alternative solutions such as compensation or resettlement if this is their wish. Read more…

 

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WORLD CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT MAP

Climate displacement is happening today. Research carried out by Displacement Solutions since 2008 in all corners of the earth has revealed the worrying scale of contemporary climate displacement that is already affecting millions of people across the globe. DS has developed a world displacement map indicating where climate displacement is occurring, the number of people it is currently affecting, and other sources of information about these growing numbers of areas, all of which require greater attention and support from the international community.

The map below enables viewers to click on various climate displacement hotspots, and provides the user with detailed information about the particular challenges facing the affected communities. If you have further information about climate displacement in your location, please feel free to submit this to Displacement Solutions for possible inclusion in updating versions of the world climate displacement map.

We hope viewers will find this map useful, and we welcome any feedback you would like to provide, which you can submit to info@displacementsolutions.org

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working to repair CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT

As our name suggests, Displacement Solutions works on finding solutions to climate displacement. We are one of very few international organizations that works on this issue through practical programmes in the field, as well as through efforts to improve national and international legal, policy, and institutional frameworks. We are also the only organization that focuses on what we believe is at the very centre of solving climate displacement – land. Much of our effort is directed towards finding alternative land and housing for communities already facing or threatened with losing their homes to the effects of climate change. We work with a wide range of partners, including communities affected by climate displacement, grassroots organisations, governments, UN and other international agencies, NGOs and academic institutions.

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BANGLADESH HLP INITIATIVE

Bangladesh is one of the most environmentally vulnerable countries and is set to be even more so as a result of climate change.
Bangladesh suffers from regular and severe natural hazards, including floods, tropical cyclones and storm surges, droughts and landslides. These hazards are already leading to the loss and destruction of housing, land and property, severe disruption to livelihoods and widespread displacement across the country.The effects of climate change are expected to intensify many of these existing hazards as well as create new drivers of displacement. This will almost inevitably lead to further losses of housing, land, property and livelihoods as well as further forced displacement of individuals and communities. DS and its partners Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) are engaged in a multi-year Bangladesh HLP Initiative designed to secure new land resources for the growing climate displaced population in the country. 

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the ‘Where Will We Go?’ Exhibition

For the past two years, photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen has circled the globe exploring the consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. With support provided by DS, the New York Times and the UN Environment Programme, Kadir travelled to Bangladesh, Fiji, Kiribati, Panama (Guna Yala islands), Papua New Guinea (the Carteret Islands), the United Kingdom and the USA to document some of the areas hardest hit thus far by the effects of climate change.

The brochure is available here for this extraordinary travelling exhibition which is the culmination Kadir’s tireless work across the planet documenting the human face of climate displacement. The multimedia exhibition was made possible through the hard work of Kadir and his team, backed with financial support from DS, UNEP, Eyes on Media, NOOR, and the Netherlands Embassy in Lima. 

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CLIMATE DISPLACEMENT IN PANAMA APPLYING THE PENINSULA PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE

A new DS report – available in English and soon Spanish – applies the 2013 Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States for the first time to a specific case of climate displacement along the Gunayala coastline of Panama. DS sent a two-person mission comprised of Colombian human rights lawyer Carlos Arenas and renowned Dutch photo-journalist Kadir van Lohuizen to Panama in April to work with the Gunayala indigenous community which is already experiencing large-scale displacement because of climate change.

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