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DS to Host Climate Displacement Roundtable in Geneva in June 2015

Where Will We Go? Exhibition: Now in Naarden, Holland

Article by Scott Leckie and Ezekiel Simperingham Published in the Forced Migration Review

Planned Relocation Underway for the Community of Gardi Sugdub, Panama

DS to Host Climate Displacement Roundtable in Geneva in June 2015

On 11 June 2015, DS will host an Expert Roundtable Discussion on Climate Displacement and Human Rights entitled 'Where To Go From Here?'. The Discussion will be held in the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva in the lead up to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). With the COP21 negotiations set to result in binding agreements, DS has convened this Roundtable Discussion in order to explore where to go from here on the climate displacement issue and discuss how The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States can play a role in the negotiations. The meeting will aim to infuse the approach of the Peninsula Principles within the text that emerges from COP21 in Paris....
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Where Will We Go? Exhibition: Now in Naarden, Holland

The ‘Where Will We Go?’ exhibition is currently stationed in Naarden, Holland, and was successfully opened on 13 May 2015 by the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment. Images from the exhibition in Naarden are displayed below. The exhibition is a culmination of photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen’s tireless work across the planet documenting the human face of climate displacement. With support provided by Displacement Solutions, the New York Times and the UN Environment Programme, Kadir travelled over two years 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 will travel to a number of venues, including the major Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) in December 2015, and Geneva from January to April of 2016. If you would like to host this unique exhibition in your city, please contact info@displacementsolutions.org for further information....
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Article by Scott Leckie and Ezekiel Simperingham Published in the Forced Migration Review

A recent article by Scott Leckie and Ezekiel Simperingham of Displacement Solutions has been published in the latest edition of the Forced Migration Review (FMR). In the piece, the authors make a plea to the international community to return attention to the question of internal displacement generated by climate change, given the fact that this form of climate displacement is and will always be infinitely more prevalent than any cross-border displacement that may occur as a result of climate change. DS continues its work in more than a dozen countries, working together with communities already facing or threatened by climate displacement, and will continue to prioritise this dimension of climate displacement in the years to come. Entitled 'Focusing on climate-related internal displacement', the article highlights the current lack of coordination and preparation in finding and implementing solutions to climate displacement. It then goes on to illustrate how The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States can assist in providing a practical and normative framework to guide the response to this complex issue. The latest FMR publication concentrates on 'Disasters and displacement in a changing climate', and the following is a brief preamble to this publication by the editors, Marion Couldrey…...
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Planned Relocation Underway for the Community of Gardi Sugdub, Panama

More than 30,000 people from the Gunayala island communities of Panama are facing climate displacement and will need to move from their island homes to the mainland. For the 1000-strong Gunayala community of Gardi Sugdub, the planned relocation process is underway. DS is working closely with the Gunayala people to ensure the best possible outcome emerges from their unfortunate need to relocate to safer land. The footage below shows the 17 acre resettlement site that was cleared in April 2015 for the planned relocation of the Gardi Sugdub community. DS relocation experts Anthony Oliver-Smith and Carlos Arenas visited the site shortly after the clearance took place, during DS's most recent mission to Panama. As the video makes abundantly clear, the process of planned relocation is anything but simple. The identification of land and the subsequent clearance of land for location is only the first step of hundreds that will need to occur to reestablish a vibrant and prosperous community comprised of former island-dwellers who are no longer able to reside there due to the unfortunate consequences of climate change. As difficult as this process may be, however, the identification of land, the acquisition of land, and the allocation of land…...
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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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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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