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DS Headlines Climate Displacement Seminar at Utrecht University

Second Land Parcel Purchased in Bangladesh for Climate Displaced Families

OpenGlobalRights covers Myanmar Climate Land Bank report

NEW DS & ECODEV REPORT URGES GOVERNMENT OF MYANMAR TO ESTABLISH A MYANMAR NATIONAL CLIMATE LAND BANK

DS Headlines Climate Displacement Seminar at Utrecht University

DS Director Scott Leckie gave the opening address to a seminar on climate displacement at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, jointly hosted on 4 October 2018 by DS, LANDac and Utrecht University.  The meeting explored ongoing activities to prevent and repair climate displacement and urged governments everywhere, including the Netherlands, to elaborate and strengthen policies designed to better tackle this growing global crisis. As a result of the meeting, DS will host several MSc students to carry out field research in February 2019 in several key climate displacement hotspots including Bangladesh, Fiji and Panama. A report of the seminar is available here: Climate displacement seminar report....
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Second Land Parcel Purchased in Bangladesh for Climate Displaced Families

DS is delighted to announce that the second land parcel of our One House, One Family (OHOF) at a time project in Bangladesh has been procured. Our amazing partner YPSA purchased the first parcel last year and coordinated the construction of four new homes that were allocated to four highly vulnerable households that were forced to flee their former coastal homes due to the effects of climate change. The new land parcel is large enough for five new homes and DS has raised one-third of the remaining funds needed for the new homes. We still need USD 21,000 for the construction materials needed for the homes and encourage all of you to consider contributing to this world's first project designed to directly benefit victims of climate displacement, who without these houses, would have nowhere else to go. 100% of all funds raised as part of OHOF go straight to Bangladesh, so you can rest assured that all of your donations, no matter how small, will be used in full to build new homes for some of Bangladesh's most disadvantaged families.  The photographs below were taken in August 2018 and show the first four homes and their new inhabitants. Please let…...
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OpenGlobalRights covers Myanmar Climate Land Bank report

  OpenGlobalRights has published a recent article on the DS Myanmar Climate Land Bank report of May 2018. You can access the article here: https://www.openglobalrights.org/climate-land-banks-addressing-displacement-in-myanmar-and-beyond/...
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NEW DS & ECODEV REPORT URGES GOVERNMENT OF MYANMAR TO ESTABLISH A MYANMAR NATIONAL CLIMATE LAND BANK

  A new report released today by Displacement Solutions and Yangon-based Ecodev urges the government of Myanmar to immediately establish a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank (MNCLB) to prepare the country and its people for massive climate displacement.  You can access the full report here:  https://issuu.com/displacementsolutions/docs/dis5757_myanmar_national_climate_la This innovative report provides a summary of the findings from two preliminary case studies of communities considered potentially vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta and Mon State of Myanmar. The results offer insights into how some of the dynamics of a MNCLB could work in Myanmar and other countries in practical terms to build community resilience and provide a foundation for a proactive national climate change adaptation strategy which protects everyone affected in a manner consistent with their fundamental human rights.   An article by Mizzima magazine covering the report can be accessed here: http://www.mizzima.com/development-news/report-calls-establishment-myanmar-national-climate-land-bank DS Director Scott Leckie said that "Other than Bangladesh, Myanmar is clearly one of the world's countries most affected by climate change and looming climate displacement, but at present the government is woefully unprepared for a crisis that will surely displace millions from their current homes and lands. A Myanmar National Climate…...
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THE LAND SEEKERS

Our work around the world with climate displaced communities has shown DS time and time again that land lies at the core of rights-based solutions to climate displacement. This short film contains interviews of some of the world’s first ‘landseekers’ who work tirelessly in support of climate displaced communities everywhere. 

ONE HOUSE AT A TIME

Displacement Solutions has been working to solve climate displacement in Bangladesh. We’ve already built one small village, and we’ve  produced this video on the ‘One house, one family at a time project’ as an appeal to help us build another village. 

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. 

DO SOMETHING!

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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