The Peninsula Principles have been instrumental in defining the scope and direction of Bangladesh’s National Strategy for Disaster and Climate Induced Internal Displacement. Their importance to high level policies such as these demonstrates their growing global influence and relevance.
Recent estimates cited in this Strategy suggest that, by 2050, one in every seven people in Bangladesh will be displaced by climate change. The estimates of Bangladesh’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centres show that 4.7 million people were displaced due to disaster between 2008 and 2014. By 2080, it is likely that 13 percent of Bangadesh’s coast will have been swallowed by rising sea levels. The potentially positive impact the Peninsula Principles can have on millions of lives is only growing as those displaced by climate change face multiple human rights challenges. A Displacement Solutions study used in this strategic document found that the primary reason for displacement in Bangladesh was the increasing tidal water height, with cyclones and storm surges being secondary.
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