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Hope from the Pope

Gardi Sugdub Relocation Features in Latest Film from The Shore Line Project

DS Study on Land Acquisition Law and Practice in Myanmar (May 2015)

DS to Host Climate Displacement Roundtable in Geneva in June 2015

Hope from the Pope

The recent encyclical by Pope Francis, subtitled "On the care for our common home", calls on every human being to take responsibility for the wellbeing of the earth and its inhabitants. Acknowledging the scientific consensus that human activity is the major cause behind today's global warming, the Pope highlights the very real consequences that people all around the world will face, including the fact that "rises in the sea level mainly affect impoverished coastal populations who have nowhere else to go" (paragraph. 48). With the major climate negotiations by members of the UNFCCC set to take place in Paris in December 2015, DS hopes that the voice of the Pope and that of millions of others around the world will be heard and acted upon by the world's leaders. Communities all around the world are already being displaced by climate change. It is crucial that binding agreements are reached to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, so that the displacement of hundreds of millions of people can be prevented along with the many other potential consequences of climate change. Pope Francis' encyclical can be accessed here.   Image attribution: By Edgar Jiménez from Porto, Portugal (Papa rock star) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons...
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Gardi Sugdub Relocation Features in Latest Film from The Shore Line Project

The Shore Line Project, directed by Liz Miller, sheds light on the predicament of coastal communities around the world which face displacement. A recent film by the Shore Line Project looks at the displacement and relocation process of the island of Gardi Sugdub in Panama. Due to the consequences of rising sea levels, more than 30,000 people from the Gunayala islands of Panama face displacement. The 1000 Gunayala members of the Gardi Sugdub island are currently carrying out their planned relocation to the safer mainland. The film interviews Blas Lopez, a community leader of the Gunayala community of Gardi Sugdub. To the Main Land: Carti Sugdup's Solution from ShoreLine on Vimeo....
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DS Study on Land Acquisition Law and Practice in Myanmar (May 2015)

DS has just completed a 70-page legal study examining Land Acquisition and Practice in Myanmar. This in-depth survey is based on DS's many years working on land issues in the country, and it minutely analyses areas of Myanmar land acquisition laws against the comparatively strong provisions found in the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) 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. 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. If you would like to learn more about this and other projects we are engaged with in Myanmar, please contact DS at info@displacementsolutions.org....
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DS to Host Climate Displacement Roundtable in Geneva in June 2015

On 11 June 2015, DS will host an Expert Roundtable Discussion on Climate Displacement and Human Rights entitled 'Where To Go From Here?'. The Discussion will be held in the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva in the lead up to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). With the COP21 negotiations set to result in binding agreements, DS has convened this Roundtable Discussion in order to explore where to go from here on the climate displacement issue and discuss how The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States can play a role in the negotiations. The meeting will aim to infuse the approach of the Peninsula Principles within the text that emerges from COP21 in Paris....
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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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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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