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2015 DS Mission to Colombia Examines Climate Displacement

Just Released! Pocket Guide on Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

DS Congratulates the Winner of the 2015 Sasakawa Award

Easy to Read Version of the Peninsula Principles Launched at Side Event in Geneva

2015 DS Mission to Colombia Examines Climate Displacement

As a result of extreme weather-related events associated with "La Niña" phenomenon, during 2010 and 2011, Colombia suffered the worst flooding and mudslides in recorded history. Around 3 million Colombians were affected by the extreme weather, mainly in the Atlantic, Pacific and Andean regions of the country. Economic losses were calculated at about US$6 billion. In early March 2015, Displacement Solutions visited Colombia to conduct a study on climate displacement as a result of the 2010-2011 rains. DS is currently preparing a detailed report on this case, with a major focus on the climate displacement and relocation of approximately 3,000 residents of the municipality of Gramalote. On 16-17 December 2010, the extreme rain that had affected this North-East mountain range triggered a mudslide that resulted in a slow but major mass movement process, which destroyed the entire town. Local authorities in Gramalote were able to evacuate the population in time, so no one died as a result of the disaster. Since then, people from Gramalote have been relocated to nearby municipalities and are still waiting to be resettled in a new location. The Colombian government has been and remains very committed to building a new town of Gramalote, despite the delays and inefficiencies seen…...
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Just Released! Pocket Guide on Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

DS is pleased to announce the release of the Pocket Guide on The Rights of Climate Displaced Persons. This Guide is written in non-technical language and is made specifically for climate displaced persons themselves. As stated in the introduction to the Guide: "The aim of this guide is to provide practical, easy to follow advice on what people displaced from their homes and lands by climate change can do to get help." Based on on the full body of international human rights law and The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States, this quick guide provides concrete steps that climate displaced persons can take to get help, and it does so with reference to case studies of actual climate displaced communities. Please contact Displacement Solutions at info@displacementsolutions.org if you and your community would like assistance in contacting NGOs or other organisations that may be able to provide you with further advice. Please also contact us if you would like a hard copy of the Guide, which we can send to you free of charge. An electronic copy of the Guide can be accessed here....
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DS Congratulates the Winner of the 2015 Sasakawa Award

DS warmly congratulates Mr. Allan Lavell, for winning the 2015 Sasakawa Award and for his excellent work in Central America. Available here is an article about Allan Lavell, his work, and his achievement of the 2015 Award. The Nippon Foundation's Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is bestowed every two years on people and institutions that have made an important contribution to disaster risk reduction around the world. This year, some 88 nominations were received by the Awards Jury, including Displacement Solutions and our Climate Displacement Law Project. DS was officially nominated by the Executive Director of UN HABITAT, Jean Clos, for our work around the world seeking to resolve climate displacement through the provision of new land resources to climate displaced communities, work we have been engaged in since 2007. The DS nominee page can be accessed here. And the DS nomination essay can be downloaded here. DS was honoured to have been long-listed for the Award along with 32 other fantastic nominees in December 2014. DS again salutes Allan Lavell for this year's prize and wishes all of the 87 other nominees the best of luck in their challenging work to reduce disaster risks wherever they may be present....
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Easy to Read Version of the Peninsula Principles Launched at Side Event in Geneva

On 18 March 2015, Displacement Solutions (DS) co-hosted a Side Event at the UN Human Rights Counsel on the application of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States to the issue of climate displacement and the associated human rights issues. Special thanks to long-time DS associate Khaled Hassine for organising this important meeting. The event, which took place in the Palais des Nations at Geneva, was attended by some 60 participants, including three UN Human Rights Special Rapporteurs (the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons; the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; staff to the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons) and State representatives from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Qatar and Sweden. The event was moderated by Tom Corsellis of the Shelter Centre. UNHCR, OCHA, the South Centre and other organisations also attended the gathering. DS Director Scott Leckie provided an opening statement which can be accessed here. Among other things, he said that "Displacement Solutions has been engaged in the issue of climate displacement since our founding in 2006 and since then has continually expanded our attention to this problem in an ever-growing array of countries…...
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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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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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