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The Peninsula Principles in Action in Panama

Bangladesh Government Issues First Report on Climate Displacement

New DS Study on Land Acquisition Law and Practice in Myanmar (August 2014)

Climate Displacement in Panama: Applying the Peninsula Principles in Practice

The Peninsula Principles in Action in Panama

DS has been active in Panama for many months now. Recently, DS  launched The Peninsula Principles in Action: Climate Change and Displacement in the Autonomous Region of Gunayala, Panama, which presents the results of a fact-finding mission to assess the situation in the Gunayala indigenous community which is already experiencing large-scale displacement because of climate change. The report is available here in English and here in Spanish. Media interest in the DS Gunayala report and the broader issue of climate change causing displacement in the Central American region has been considerable. Numerous television, radio and periodicals have given extensive coverage to both the DS report, and more importantly, have widely disseminated the voices of the Gunayala people themselves; their present predicament, their decision to relocate to the mainland, and the immense difficulties associated with making this relocation a success. A DS expert and technical mission will shortly head to Panama again to look more deeply into the question of the eventual relocation of the Gunayala to various mainland sites. The Peninsula Principles have guided the work of all parties during this process and it is hoped that these Principles will continue to influence government policies on relocation in Panama to ensure that the rights of all Gunayala people are protected…...
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Bangladesh Government Issues First Report on Climate Displacement

DS has been operating in Bangladesh for many years now and has built partnerships with local organisations under the umbrella of its Bangladesh HLP Initiative. We were pleased, therefore, to see reference to this work as well as several DS publications in a June 2014 report by the Government of Bangladesh. The report, entitled Trend and Impact Analysis of Internal Displacement due to the Impacts of Disaster and Climate Change, was released by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. The document studies and forecasts the scope and effect of climate displacement within the nation, and it can be accessed here. DS looks forward to continuing our work together with YPSA and the Government for Bangladesh to find rights-based solutions for the millions of Bangladeshi citizens who are threatened with the looming spectre of climate displacement....
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New DS Study on Land Acquisition Law and Practice in Myanmar (August 2014)

DS has just completed a 70-page legal study examining Land Acquisition and Practice in Myanmar. Requested by the International Finance Corporation to carry out this in-depth survey based on DS’ many years working on land issues in the country, the Study minutely analyses areas of Myanmar land acquisition laws against the comparatively strong provisions found in the IFC’s Performance Standards 1 and 5, the latter of which outlines rules on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement when the IFC engages with client companies investing in locations potentially involving land acquisition measures. Given Myanmar’s lengthy and controversial practices of land acquisition – both historical and present – the Study aims to assist companies to comply in full with the far more stringent IFC standards and, in turn, ensure that investments do not lead either to arbitrary land confiscation nor to any additional violations of the rights possessed by those living on affected land. The table of contents of the report, project objectives and methodology can be found here. Land issues remain front and centre in the political reform process in Myanmar, and DS continues to be deeply involved on these issues through the work of its Myanmar HLP Initiative. Please contact DS if…...
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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. The mission travelled extensively throughout Gunayala territory along the Caribbean coast, and found considerable interest in the Peninsula Principles within affected communities. More than 30,000 Gunayala indigenous people are likely to be involuntarily relocated because of coastal inundation and rising sea levels affecting the viability of their island communities. Please read the DS report here in English. It will be available here in Spanish soon. DS is planning similar Peninsula Principles missions to a range of other communities threatened with climate displacement in the coming year, including missions to the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Bangladesh and the US state of Alaska....
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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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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 coAstal kids initiative

No environmental issue is likely to impact upon the children of today more than climate change. Throughout the world, temperatures and sea levels are rising, climate-induced environmental changes are causing drought, ever more severe storms, and people in growing numbers are beginning to face the prospect of climate displacement forced to flee their homes because of climate change. The DS Coastal Kids Initiative involves 10-12 year-old students from two schools in Australia and Bangladesh who are provided with lectures on climate change and given the chance to speak directly to each other twice a year via wall-sized screens using Skype. The Coastal Kids Initiative aims to expand to three or four new countries in the coming year. 

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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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