NEW! DS Releases New report on Planned Relocation in Gunayala, Panama

31 January 2017

DS has released its latest report on the planned relocation processes underway in Gunayala Territory in Panana due to the effects of climate change. DS has worked with the Guna people for several years documenting the challenges facing these communities, in particular the growing acceptance of the need to move from their traditional island homes to safer land on the mainland. Our latest report explores some of the hurdles facing the relocation process from Gardi Sugdup which has progressed far more slowly than initially anticipated, as well as the growing support for relocation from several new areas in Gunayala which are becoming increasingly urgent. The report was prepared the head of the DS Panama Programme, Carlos Arenas. The report can be accessed here: Gunayala Planned Relocation - Jan 2017...
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DS Exploring HLP Restitution Prospects in Myanmar

28 November 2016

DS carried out its latest mission to Myanmar in October with a focus this time on the question of housing, land and property restitution rights and how best to ensure these rights for everyone with an HLP loss and valid restitution claim in need of remedy. DS and the Norwegian Refugee Council will shortly be reducing a major new study on restitution, which it plans to publicly launch in Yangon in January 2017. A range of restitution measures are already in place in Myanmar, signalling a major concrete outcome of the political reform process. The new study proposes a series of specific recommendations on how to move to the next level of the quest of restitution for all. These efforts build on DS' extensive global experience on designing restitution laws and systems throughout the history of the organisation. ...
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Latest Updates on Guna Relocation in Panana

28 November 2016

Orion recently published an update on Gunayala and the ongoing struggles of the Guna people to relocate from their threatened islands. The article - https://orionmagazine.org/article/higher-ground/ - also outlines DS' work with the Guna. A report of the most recent research mission by DS to Guna territory will be released shortly....
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DS Documents Climate Displacement in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

5 October 2016

DS has just completed a two-week field mission to yet another climate displacement hotspot, Lau Lagoon on Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands. The Lau Lagoon, perched on the north-east tip of Malaita, covers 35 square km of shallow reef. It is shadowed by the island of Maana ‘Oba in its northern reaches and exposed to the deep Western Pacific Ocean in its central and southern parts. Dotted by 80 to 100 coral man-made islands, each typically housing between 5 and 400 people, the lagoon’s security is essential to many lives. Increasing numbers of these islands are now beginning to lay uninhabited as residents leave behind destroyed homes and flee the ever-worsening consequences of climate-change. Although relocation to the mainland due to these worsening conditions has been happening for over a decade, there exists today a new urgency. Shortages of suitable land for relocation are leaving the people of the Lau Lagoon anxious about their future and that of generations to come. DS has been active in the Solomon Islands for the past two years, as part of our Climate Displacement Land Initiative and hopes to return soon to work the people, the Church, civil society and the government to find the…...
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Major UN Boost for the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States

25 August 2016

A report just issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council gives extensive and positive coverage to the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. The report, prepared by UN human rights expert of the Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu of Ethiopia, describes the 2013 Principles as providing "a solid foundation for the protection of the specific needs of those internally displaced by climate change in line with a human-rights based approach and are consistent with international human rights standards and humanitarian law". The 12 August 2016 report (UN doc: A/HRC/AC/17/2) makes clear the human rights dimensions of climate displacement and specifically recommends that the Council implement two key recommendations: 1. That the Advisory Committee undertake to prepare guidelines (‘soft guidelines’) on climate displacement and human rights, based on existing frameworks such as the Guiding Principles on IDPs and the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States, which are grounded in the existing international framework. 2.  Alternatively, that the Advisory Committee could prepare a report on the question of a human rights-based planned relocation to cases of looming climate displacement. It is hoped the Human Rights Council will accept Tamrat's recommendations, and that attention to the…...
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Using Planning Law to Prevent Climate Displacement – New DS Publication

25 August 2016

Based on our extensive experience working in more than 20 climate-affected countries, DS believes that in order to effectively address climate displacement States must take a perspective beyond the emergency humanitarian needs of those threatened with climate displacement. Measures and tools must be implemented now that both protect communities against displacement occurring as well as ensure that persons who are displaced can rebuild their lives with all of their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled. Although States are primarily responsible for preventing and resolving climate displacement in their territory, global solidarity is required in order to effectively address climate displacement. This includes ensuring the contribution of all States as well as a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives in the design and implementation of measures and tools to address climate displacement. To this end, DS today released a new report The Critical Role of Land Use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement which addresses the critical - and as yet largely unexplored - role that land use planning can and must play in preventing and resolving climate displacement. To access the report, click here: The Critical Role of Land use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement (August 2016)    …...
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Peninsula Principles Now Available in Japanese

19 June 2016

The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States are now available in Japanese. The full text is available here: Japanese Version of the Peninsula Principles. ...
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DS ROUNDTABLE ADOPTS ‘THE CLIMATE LAND STATMEMENT’

2 May 2016

After two intensive days of discussion, the DS-hosted Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced Persons and Communities adopted THE CLIMATE LAND STATEMENT. The brief statement, agreed by consensus, outlines seven steps that should be pursued by all States, UN agencies and others to protect the rights of climate displaced persons and communities throughout the international community. Among other things, the Statement affirms the central role of land in resolving climate displacement, as well as urging authorities to assemble national land inventories for land to be allocated to those in need of new homes and lands. The full text of the Statement is available here: The Climate Land Statement - 2016. The full report of the meeting - kindly prepared by Zeke Simperingham - is available here: 2016 - DS Land Access for Climate Displaced Persons and Communities Roundtable Report  ...
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DS Annual Report 2015

24 March 2016

DS has just released its Annual Report 2015 which gives a brief overview of all of our activities last year, and our plans for the future. Thanks again to everyone who worked with DS in 2015 and to all of our supporters - we couldn't do it without you! You can read the full report here: DS Annual Report 2015...
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