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Major UN Boost for the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States

Using Planning Law to Prevent Climate Displacement - New DS Publication

DS Director to teach law school course on 'Climate Governance and Citizen Justice'

DS Again Highlighting HLP Issues in Myanmar

Major UN Boost for the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States

A report just issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council gives extensive and positive coverage to the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. The report, prepared by UN human rights expert of the Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu of Ethiopia, describes the 2013 Principles as providing "a solid foundation for the protection of the specific needs of those internally displaced by climate change in line with a human-rights based approach and are consistent with international human rights standards and humanitarian law". The 12 August 2016 report (UN doc: A/HRC/AC/17/2) makes clear the human rights dimensions of climate displacement and specifically recommends that the Council implement two key recommendations: 1. That the Advisory Committee undertake to prepare guidelines (‘soft guidelines’) on climate displacement and human rights, based on existing frameworks such as the Guiding Principles on IDPs and the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States, which are grounded in the existing international framework. 2.  Alternatively, that the Advisory Committee could prepare a report on the question of a human rights-based planned relocation to cases of looming climate displacement. It is hoped the Human Rights Council will accept Tamrat's recommendations, and that attention to the…...
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Using Planning Law to Prevent Climate Displacement - New DS Publication

Based on our extensive experience working in more than 20 climate-affected countries, DS believes that in order to effectively address climate displacement States must take a perspective beyond the emergency humanitarian needs of those threatened with climate displacement. Measures and tools must be implemented now that both protect communities against displacement occurring as well as ensure that persons who are displaced can rebuild their lives with all of their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled. Although States are primarily responsible for preventing and resolving climate displacement in their territory, global solidarity is required in order to effectively address climate displacement. This includes ensuring the contribution of all States as well as a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives in the design and implementation of measures and tools to address climate displacement. To this end, DS today released a new report The Critical Role of Land Use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement which addresses the critical - and as yet largely unexplored - role that land use planning can and must play in preventing and resolving climate displacement. To access the report, click here: The Critical Role of Land use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement (August 2016)    …...
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DS Director to teach law school course on 'Climate Governance and Citizen Justice'

DS Director Scott Leckie will teach a new law school course at Monash Law School in Melbourne, Australia from 19-23 September 2016 on 'Climate Governance and Citizen Justice'. This new course will examine all recent developments on climate governance since the successful conclusion of the Paris Climate Change talks in December 2015, with a particular focus on climate justice for people negatively affected by climate change. A flyer on the course is available here: Climate governance and citizen justice...
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DS Again Highlighting HLP Issues in Myanmar

DS Director Scott Leckie and DS associate Zeke Simperingham again visited Myanmar for a two-week DS mission in May 2016 to explore recent developments in the land sector, and the prospects for restitution forming part of the expanding peace process in the country.  With the new NLD-led government in power for the first time, the prospects for positive action within the land sector are noteworthy. DS worked together with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in developing recommendations for the British Government's aid agency DFID, and how the UK might best support land-related activities in the context of the peace process. Land is key negotiating issue between the government and the various ethnic negotiating partners, and will invariably form a key basis for the eventual conclusion of peace agreements in the future. DS will continue to expand its Myanmar HLP Initiative in the coming year with a variety of projects within the land sector, including a joint project with Landesa on climate displacement within the country. ...
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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. 

 

DSOMETHING!

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!

 

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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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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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