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Great News to Start 2016!

New Review of Scott Leckie and Chris Huggins' Book - Conflict and HLP Rights - from the Human Rights Review

Leading German progressive newspaper interviews DS

Now Available - Bengali Version - Guidance Note on Land Solutions to Climate Displacement in Bangladesh

Great News to Start 2016!

Our One House at a Time Project in Bangladesh has gotten off to a great start in 2016 with a generous donation by the Dutch NGO Stichting FortUna which has been matched by DS. Together these funds will provide rights-based land and housing solutions for two climate-displaced families (12 persons) in eastern Bangladesh. The One House at a Time Project is administered by DS and implemented by our partners YPSA. After careful research, and building on YPSA's decades of experience working with the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, the project aims to assist particularly disadvantaged climate displaced families near Chittagong to find new land and housing solutions which will allow them to start life anew. USD 8,400- is all it takes to provide access to land, a new home with solar energy, and permanent access to clean water. Partial funds for a third house are already in place, with funds currently reaching USD 1700- thanks to the initiative of Dutch Photographer Nelke van Dijk who is working to fund a third house through the sales of her latest book Water Imagined. Nelke's extraordinary work can be viewed here. We can guarantee you that you will never be able to look at water…...
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New Review of Scott Leckie and Chris Huggins' Book - Conflict and HLP Rights - from the Human Rights Review

A book review of DS Director Scott Leckie's and Chris Huggin's 2011 book Conflict and Housing, Land and Property Rights: A Handbook on Issues, Frameworks, and Solutions was published in late 2015 in Human Rights Review and can be accessed here.  ...
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Leading German progressive newspaper interviews DS

DS Director Scott Leckie was recently interviewed by Germany's leading progressive newspaper, Die Tageszeitung. You can read the article in German here.  ...
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Now Available - Bengali Version - Guidance Note on Land Solutions to Climate Displacement in Bangladesh

A Bengali version of the Guidance Note on New Land for Climate Displaced Persons in Bangladesh is now available. This Guidance Note shows that, with improvements in place, the distribution of state-owned (khas) land could provide an important solution to climate displacement in Bangladesh. This Guidance Note examines the current process of distributing state-owned land in Bangladesh under the Khas system, as well as under the “Char Development and Settlement Project”. It provides a step-by-step overview of how the distribution processes work in practice and identifies a number of shortcomings in each. Concrete recommendations for how these processes could be improved are also provided.  Click here to access the updated Guidance Note.  ...
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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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