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Your Chance to Help Solve Climate Displacement - One House at a Time

DS Congratulates the 2014 Coastal Kids Writing Contest Award Winners of Bangladesh!

Video Footage from 'Where Will We Go?' Exhibition Launch at COP20 in Lima, Peru

DS Director Addresses Salzburg Global Seminar

Your Chance to Help Solve Climate Displacement - One House at a Time

If You've Ever Wondered How to Solve Climate Displacement, Join DS in Accessing Land and Homes in Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea Displacement Solutions has worked to improve the plight of climate displaced persons for seven years in a range of the world's most heavily-affected countries through advocacy, training, fact-finding missions and a range of other measures. In 2015, DS is adding a new dimension to our work to resolve climate displacement. Our One House at a Time Project provides the global public with the opportunity to work together to buy new land and homes for individual families displaced by climate change with an initial focus on assisting families in Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. We are starting small with actions in two key countries: Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. In Bangladesh we are working with our partners Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) to identify viable land parcels, work with local government and others to develop the land once it is accessed, and then to work with several communities to relocate them in a planned and rights-based manner away from the communities in which they now can no longer reside.  In Papua New Guinea we are working with our friends at Tulele Peisa, assisting them…...
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DS Congratulates the 2014 Coastal Kids Writing Contest Award Winners of Bangladesh!

DS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Coastal Kids Writing Contest. The Coastal Kids Project concluded its third year with activities and events in the William Carey Academy in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and the Sorrento Primary School in Victoria, Australia. This year's winners of the Third Annual Coastal Kids Contest at William Carey Academy are: First place - Wasi Shahriar Second place - M. Ilham Haq Third place - Meherabun Nessa DS congratulates everyone who participated in Coastal Kids 2014 at William Carey Academy, and hopes that each and every one of them will make a positive difference to Bangladesh and the world in whatever way they can. [caption id="attachment_3871" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The 2014 Winners of the Coastal Kids Writing Contest: Wasi Shahriar, M. Ilham Haq, and Meherabun Nessa[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3872" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The 2014 Winners of the Coastal Kids Writing Contest with Miss Dana Clark[/caption]...
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Video Footage from 'Where Will We Go?' Exhibition Launch at COP20 in Lima, Peru

The global premier of the 'Where Will We Go?' exhibition took place in Lima, Peru, accompanying the COP20 meetings from 1-12 December 2014. The outstanding launch of the travelling exhibition was visited by thousands of people, including delegates to the COP20 meetings in preparation for the final status negotiations set for Paris one year from now. The COP (Conference of the Parties) is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 'Where Will We Go?' exhibition was featured in a video on the UNFCCC's official YouTube channel, and can be accessed here by watching from 1:38 to 3:18. The exhibition is a result of photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen's work over the past three years exploring the global 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 'Where Will We Go?' exhibition will now travel to Santiago, Chile and then to Amsterdam at the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartsmuseum), among many other venues…...
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DS Director Addresses Salzburg Global Seminar

DS Director Scott Leckie addressed Session 555 of the Salzburg Global Seminar on climate migration. The topic of this strategy session for Sustainability was 'Addressing the Challenges of Climate Migration: Legal Protections, Resilience & Eco-Security'. It was convened to "design a multi-year program to connect and accelerate actions addressing the challenges of mass migrations resulting from climate change". Scott's contribution focused on work carried out by Displacement Solutions in Bangladesh, Kiribati, Tuvalu and elsewhere, as well as DS's work on developing The Peninsula Principles and other standards that encourage states to identify, acquire and allocate land for climate-displaced communities throughout the world. Further information can be accessed on here....
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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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