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Commemorating 10 Years of Action - the 2016 DS Annual Report

Your Chance to Help Climate Displaced Families in Bangladesh Find a New Home

Interview with Scott Leckie on DS efforts to find solutions to climate displacement

New DS Project to Prevent Climate Displacement Commences in Myanmar: Establishing the Myanmar National Climate Land Bank

Commemorating 10 Years of Action - the 2016 DS Annual Report

Ten Years of Action It is hard to believe that DS has now been active for ten busy and eventful years. This has been quite a ride for our (intentionally) small and flexible organisation, and one involving an wonderful team of dedicated HLP experts from around the world working in a range of displacement hotspots. From developing the Peninsula Principles, to spearheading global efforts to obtain land for climate displaced people, developing IDP return designs in Timor Leste, Somalia, Colombia, Bhutan and many more, carrying on-site investigations in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Panama, Kiribati, Bangladesh and other climate change-affected areas, to conducting HLP rights analysis and restitution design work in Myanmar, advising the UN on HLP issues in Syria, publishing several books, inaugurating the world’s first law school courses on climate displacement, and writing DS reports, producing films, building homes for climate displaced families in Chittagong, and so much more, this first DS decade has been an exhilarating one. Since our founding on 28 December 2006, DS has worked in some 35 countries to assist in finding rights-based solutions to forced displacement in all of its forms. Besides our legal experts, we have had the honour of working with villagers, community…...
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Your Chance to Help Climate Displaced Families in Bangladesh Find a New Home

Displacement Solutions believes in solving climate displacement wherever possible. We believe in Doing Something! Our One House, One Family at a time project in Bangladesh does precisely this. We have built four houses thus far and are now raising funds for the second round of four additional houses and we hope you will join us in this quest. Each house costs USD 8400- to build, including the land plot, the two-bedroom dwelling, access to water and other amenities. We are now raising USD 34,000- to construct the next four houses and hope you can help. 100% of all funds raised go towards the project which is locally managed by our partners Young Power in Social Action (YPSA). We have produced a new backgrounder on the project which you can view here: Bangladesh One House One Family 2017 flyer. Have a look at our new short film on the project which you will find below on our homepage, together with our other films. Remember: This is YOUR chance to DIRECTLY assist families displaced because of climate change; YOUR chance to SOLVE climate displacement; and YOUR chance to resist climate deniers the world over. Please write to us today at info@displacementsolutions.org if you…...
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Interview with Scott Leckie on DS efforts to find solutions to climate displacement

In this video Displacement Solutions' director, Scott Leckie is interviewed on the activity we're undertaking around the world to combat climate-based displacement. Scott's significant experience in housing rights and land restitution provide him a unique vantage point in assessing both the problems inherent to, and the solutions necessary to tackle this growing problem. "No-one wants to move" he offers, but with sea-levels rising at higher-than-expected rates, there's little choice. "We need to find somewhere in the range of 12.5 to 50 million acres of land, globally" he tells the interviewer from the Graduate Institute Geneva. View the whole interview here...
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New DS Project to Prevent Climate Displacement Commences in Myanmar: Establishing the Myanmar National Climate Land Bank

In Myanmar, land disputes and displacement are widespread and likely to worsen as the effects of climate change increase across the country. Based on DS' many years of experience working in Myanmar, it is clear that without appropriate counter-measures and innovative policies, conflict over land is likely to increase as large numbers of people affected by rising sea levels and worsening storms can no longer remain in their homes along the country’s lengthy coastline and seek to relocate to higher ground. If not managed properly, this process could all too easily result in tension, violence, and even new forms of conflict. In policy terms, therefore, DS strongly believes that there is a pressing need in Myanmar to identify and allocate land at a level commensurate with the scale of present and likely future climate displacement in the development of domestic strategies and laws to address the problem. The establishment of a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank (MNCLB) would act as the central institutional tool in this process. The aim of the MNCLB would be to set up land set-aside programmes of parcels of State land in a bid to prevent land conflict and resolve climate displacement in a rights-based manner…...
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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!

PENINSULA PRINCIPLES

The Peninsula Principles aim to provide a framework for the rights of people who are diplaced because of climate change. “A New Hope for People Displaced by Climate Change: The Making of the Peninsula Principles” is a short film about the creation of the Peninsula Principles, and brings together the collective wisdom of global experts on Environmental Policy, Human Rights, Climate Displacement and Law.

 

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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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