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Launch of the 'Where Will We Go?' Exhibition

Book Review of the 'Climate Change and Displacement Reader'

NEW! Peninsula Principles Now Available in Arabic and Romanian

The Peninsula Principles in Action in Panama

Launch of 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 atoll), the United Kingdom and the USA to document some of the areas hardest hit thus far by the effects of climate change. DS is pleased to announce the launch of the 'Where Will We Go?' at the upcoming COP20 meetings in Lima, Peru from 1-12 December 2014. Details are available here on this extraordinary travelling exhibition which is the culmination of the astounding photographs, films and audio interviews that Kadir has compiled. 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.  After Lima, the exhibition will travel first to Santiago, Chile and then to Amsterdam at the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartsmuseum), among many other venues including during the major Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), set for December 2015, as well as possible showings in Geneva, Switzerland; vaduz,…...
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Book Review of the 'Climate Change and Displacement Reader'

In 2012, Scott Leckie, Ezekiel Simperingham and Jordan Bakker of DS compiled the “Climate Change and Displacement Reader”, which brings together fifty-one of the leading texts on climate change and displacement. It provides a consolidated source and substantive overview of the key issues relating to climate change and displacement, including: the reality of climate displacement; the shape of current and proposed international law on this matter; the institutional and governance framework that will address and respond to this crisis; and an analysis of what a cross-section of governments and civil society organizations are already doing to prepare for and act against climate displacement. The book was recently reviewed in the Australian Army Journal by Chris Baker, who explains that the book 'goes a long way to demystifying this highly complex and often controversial issue'. He further attests to it being 'an excellent source for theorists and practitioners alike'. To learn more about the book or to place an order, click here. To read Chris Baker's review in the Australian Army Journal, click here.    ...
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NEW! Peninsula Principles Now Available in Arabic and Romanian

Following the publication of English, Spanish and Vietnamese versions of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States, new translations into Arabic and Romanian are now available. DS would like to thank Khaled Hassine for arranging these translations.  DS hopes to translate the Principles into additional languages including French, Chinese, Hindi, Pidgin, Japanese and Portuguese. If you are able to assist DS with translations, please contact us at info@displacementsolutions.org.   Download in Arabic Download in Romanian...
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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 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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