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Now Available in Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles

NEW! DS & Norwegian Refugee Council Urge the Application of the UN's Pinheiro Principles Throughout Myanmar

Land Solutions for Climate Displacement Works in Colombia: Government-Supported Gramalote Relocation Moves Ahead

NEW! DS Releases New report on Planned Relocation in Gunayala, Panama

Now Available in Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles

  One of our recent books - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement: The Peninsula Principles - edited by DS Director Scott Leckie and long-time DS associate Prof. Chris Huggins and published by Routledge in 2015 is now available in paperback. The book provides detailed explanations and interpretations of the Peninsula Principles and includes in-depth discussion of the legal, policy, and programmatic efforts needed to uphold the standards and norms embedded in thePrinciples. The book aims to provide scholars and policy-makers with the conceptual understanding necessary to ensure that national-level policies are in place to respond to the climate displacement challenge, as well as a firm sense of the programme-level approaches that can be taken to anticipate, reduce, and manage climate displacement. This remains one of the only books dedicated to finding concrete solutions to climate displacement and is an invaluable source for lawyers, organisations, governments and others dedicated to preventing, repairing and resolving climate displacement wherever it occurs. You can find an order form for the book here - Paperback - Repairing Domestic Climate Displacement The Peninsula Principles 1MB - We hope you will read the book and apply the approaches it outlines! New land for lost land, new housing for lost housing!...
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NEW! DS & Norwegian Refugee Council Urge the Application of the UN's Pinheiro Principles Throughout Myanmar

Displacement Solutions and the Norwegian Refugee Council today released a new publication outlining how Myanmar could constructively apply the UN's Pinheiro Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (2005) as a key tool to resolve ongoing forced displacement throughout the country.  The booklet provides a brief history of the Pinheiro Principles and the full text of this historic document which provides  comprehensive framework for securing HLP restitution rights for refugees and IDPs everywhere, including those from Myanmar. The publication is accompanied by a lengthier Introductory Guide on Understanding and Claiming Housing, Land and Property Restitution Rights in Myanmar: Questions and Answers which was also released today. Later this month, a 72-page legal analysis of HLP restitution issues in Myanmar, prepared for NRC by the DS Director Scott Leckie, will be published. This report examines the current state of affairs regarding restitution in the country and concludes with five specific recommendations that can be implemented to bring the dream of restitution ever closer to the millions of people from Myanmar who still have yet to resolve their outstanding claims for homes and lands from which they were forced to flee. The detailed report explores the vital nature…...
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Land Solutions for Climate Displacement Works in Colombia: Government-Supported Gramalote Relocation Moves Ahead

On 11 March 2017, a group of 54 families moved in the newly built town of Gramalote, Colombia some seven years after the decimation of the town as a consequence of the La Niña phenomena. They are part of the nearly 3,300 climate displaced people who were affected by the massive mudslide that destroyed their community in December 2010. Other families will continue moving throughout 2017 as their houses and other public buildings such as the school and hospital are finalized. It is expected that the 1,000 new houses will all be completed by March 2018. Despite challenges during the reconstruction process, especially during the initial stages, the outcomes so far are very encouraging. In many ways, Colombia is setting a positive example of how to deal fairly and equitably with effects of climate displacement and resultant planned relocation. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, the government of Colombia rightfully committed itself to rebuilding the entire town and ensuring that those affected would receive new homes for the homes they lost. Seven years later, it appears that the government is admirably keeping its promise.  We hope governments everywhere will do the same and engage directly in preventing, repairing and resolving climate…...
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NEW! DS Releases New report on Planned Relocation in Gunayala, Panama

DS has released its latest report on the planned relocation processes underway in Gunayala Territory in Panana due to the effects of climate change. DS has worked with the Guna people for several years documenting the challenges facing these communities, in particular the growing acceptance of the need to move from their traditional island homes to safer land on the mainland. Our latest report explores some of the hurdles facing the relocation process from Gardi Sugdup which has progressed far more slowly than initially anticipated, as well as the growing support for relocation from several new areas in Gunayala which are becoming increasingly urgent. The report was prepared the head of the DS Panama Programme, Carlos Arenas. The report can be accessed here: Gunayala Planned Relocation - Jan 2017...
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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

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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