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Now Available - Bengali Version of the Pocket Guide on the Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

Workshop for Bangladeshi Lawyers and Judges on the Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

Report on Building Climate Resilience following Side Event at UN Human Rights Council

UN Awards DS Certificate of Merit for Disaster Risk Reduction

Now Available - Bengali Version of the Pocket Guide on the Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

The Bangladesh HLP Initiative has released a Bengali language version of the Pocket Guide on the Rights of Climate Displaced Persons.  An electronic version of the Bengali version of the Pocket Book can be accessed here. This Guide is written in non-technical language and is made specifically for climate displaced persons themselves. As stated in the introduction to the Guide: “The aim of this guide is to provide practical, easy to follow advice on what people displaced from their homes and lands by climate change can do to get help.” Based on the full body of international human rights law and The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States, this quick guide provides concrete steps that climate displaced persons can take to get help, and it does so with reference to case studies of actual climate displaced communities. Please contact Displacement Solutions at info@displacementsolutions.org if you and your community would like assistance in contacting NGOs or other organisations that may be able to provide you with further advice. Please also contact us if you would like a hard copy of the Guide, which we can send to you free of charge....
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Workshop for Bangladeshi Lawyers and Judges on the Rights of Climate Displaced Persons

On 9 July 2015, The Bangladesh HLP Initiative held an orientation on the rights of climate displaced persons for lawyers and judges from the Chittagong Bar Association.         The workshop launched the new Bengali version of the Pocket Guide on "The Rights of Climate Displaced Persons" and discussed the important role that Judges and Lawyers can play to protect the rights of climate displaced persons in Bangladesh. The workshop also discussed the possibility of legal aid supporting legal actions to protect the rights of climate displaced persons.  The legal group committed to take further action to raise awareness of the rights of climate displaced persons, to take public interest cases under the Constitution of Bangladesh and to advocate for positive law and policy reform.  Displacement Solutions would like to thank Young Power in Social Action for organising this important event as well as to the lawyers and judges of the Chittagong Bar Association and Bangladesh Legal Aid Service who participated in this workshop....
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Report on Building Climate Resilience following Side Event at UN Human Rights Council

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. Following the event, DS has compiled a collection of statements from some of those involved, accessible here.  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 also launched an Easy to Read Version of the Peninsula Principles at the Side Event, which can be accessed here.  ...
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UN Awards DS Certificate of Merit for Disaster Risk Reduction

After having been long-listed for the Nippon Foundation's Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction in December 2014, DS is honoured to be among the select few organisations to receive a Certificate of Merit, which can be viewed here. The Sasakawa Award 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 once again salutes Allan Lavell, the winner of 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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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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