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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!

Successful Start to the 'Where Will We Go?' Exhibition

New Book on The Peninsula Principles!

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!

DS is happy to announce the winners of this year's Coastal Kids Writing Contest. The Coastal Kids Project concluded its third year with activities and events in Sorrento Primary School (SPS) in Victoria, Australia and the William Carey Academy in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This year's winners of the Third Annual Coastal Kids Contest at SPS are: First Place - Gracie Plumridge Second Place - Daisy Sturzaker Third Place - Lara Brosche Honourable Mention - Merinda Carter DS warmly congratulates everyone who participated in Coastal Kids 2014. The participation of the students was extraordinary, as were the 70 wiring pieces that were submitted as part of this year's Writing Contest.  We say farewell to all Year 6 students at SPS and hope that each and every one of them will do something in their own way to make the world a better place for one and all! [caption id="attachment_3819" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The 2014 Winners of the Coastal Kids Writing Contest[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3820" align="aligncenter" width="767"] Gracie Plumridge came first place in the 2014 Coastal Kids Writing Contest[/caption]...
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Successful Start to the 'Where Will We Go?' Exhibition

The global premier of the 'Where Will We Go?' exhibition has come to a close, with an outstanding two-week launch in Lima, Peru. The multimedia exhibition comprised of films and photographs, accompanied the COP20 meetings in Lima from 1-12 December 2014, and was widely visited by thousands of delegates to this crucial gathering in the run up to the final status negotiations set for Paris one year from now. 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.  The exhibition…...
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New Book on The Peninsula Principles!

DS is delighted to announce that Routledge/Taylor & Francis have agreed to publish a new edited volume on the legal content and meaning of The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States, which were approved in August 2013. The 10-chapter book, which is prepared in a manner similar to a legal commentary, contains detailed legal analysis of each of the 18 Peninsula Principles. It also contains an in-depth introduction exploring the phenomenon of climate displacement, a chapter on the legal drafting history behind the Peninsula Principles, and offers a series of recommendations and conclusions about how the Peninsula Principles can be further applied to concrete cases of climate displacement the world over. A Supreme Court Justice of the Victorian Supreme Court in Australia, Kevin Bell, provides an insightful and inspirational foreword to the book. The book will be available in early 2015 and its publication date will be announced here on the DS website. Stay tuned for further developments. Further information about the Peninsula Principles, and various translations, are available 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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