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DS Congratulates the Winner of the 2015 Sasakawa Award

Easy to Read Version of the Peninsula Principles Launched at Side Event in Geneva

Watch the New Displacement Solutions Film!

DS Director Addresses the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association

DS Congratulates the Winner of the 2015 Sasakawa Award

DS warmly congratulates Mr. Allan Lavell, for winning the 2015 Sasakawa Award and for his excellent work in Central America. Available here is an article about Allan Lavell, his work, and his achievement of the 2015 Award. The Nippon Foundation's Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction is bestowed every two years on people and institutions that have made an important contribution to disaster risk reduction around the world. This year, some 88 nominations were received by the Awards Jury, including Displacement Solutions and our Climate Displacement Law Project. DS was officially nominated by the Executive Director of UN HABITAT, Jean Clos, for our work around the world seeking to resolve climate displacement through the provision of new land resources to climate displaced communities, work we have been engaged in since 2007. The DS nominee page can be accessed here. And the DS nomination essay can be downloaded here. DS was honoured to have been long-listed for the Award along with 32 other fantastic nominees in December 2014. DS again salutes Allan Lavell for this year's prize and wishes all of the 87 other nominees the best of luck in their challenging work to reduce disaster risks wherever they may be present....
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Easy to Read Version of the Peninsula Principles Launched at Side Event in Geneva

On 18 March 2015, Displacement Solutions (DS) co-hosted a Side Event at the UN Human Rights Counsel on the application of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States to the issue of climate displacement and the associated human rights issues. Special thanks to long-time DS associate Khaled Hassine for organising this important meeting. The event, which took place in the Palais des Nations at Geneva, was attended by some 60 participants, including three UN Human Rights Special Rapporteurs (the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons; the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; staff to the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons) and State representatives from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Qatar and Sweden. The event was moderated by Tom Corsellis of the Shelter Centre. UNHCR, OCHA, the South Centre and other organisations also attended the gathering. DS Director Scott Leckie provided an opening statement which can be accessed here. Among other things, he said that "Displacement Solutions has been engaged in the issue of climate displacement since our founding in 2006 and since then has continually expanded our attention to this problem in an ever-growing array of countries…...
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Watch the New Displacement Solutions Film!

DS has released a new short film drawing attention to the current effects of global warming on individuals and communities around the world. More and more people today are being displaced by changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, flooding, droughts, extreme temperatures and storms. This is not in the future, this is happening now. If we are serious about addressing climate displacement, land will need to be identified, allocated and accessed by everyone who needs it. You can help by: Sharing this video on your social networks. Advocating for the rights of climate displaced communities. Reducing your carbon footprint.   [embed width="100%" height="500"]https://www.youtube.com/embed/po0vxVNhyVk[/embed]...
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DS Director Addresses the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association

On 7 February 2015, the DS Director Scott Leckie addressed the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA) at the 2015 Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration.  The speech was well-received by an audience of more than 200 winemakers from the Mornington Peninsula region and other wine-growing regions of the world. DS and the MPVA have recently entered into a partnership to tackle climate displacement throughout the world. Australia's Mornington Peninsula is not only home to a thriving winemaking region, but is also the birthplace of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. Following is an excerpt from Scott Leckie's speech: Whether we like it or not, climate change will affect all of us in one way or another; and vignerons will feel the heat more than most. As the temperature climbs, growers will need to adapt their practices and harvest times, perhaps consider growing different varietals or maybe even relocating to climates more appropriate for the alchemical processes that transform mere grapes into the sacred elixir that this gathering is dedicated to exploring. As bad as it will be for winemakers, though, at least most of you have the means to adapt and act long before true crisis conditions arrive. It…...
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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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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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