The Peninsula Principles

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.

The mission travelled extensively throughout Gunayala territory along the Caribbean coast, and found considerable interest in the Peninsula Principles within affected communities.

More than 30,000 Gunayala indigenous people are likely to be involuntarily relocated because of coastal inundation and rising sea levels affecting the viability of their island communities. Please read the DS report here in English. It will be available here in Spanish soon.

DS is planning similar Peninsula Principles missions to a range of other communities threatened with climate displacement in the coming year.

Myanmar HLP Initiative

Since its establishment in 2006, Displacement Solutions has been active in exploring the housing, land and property rights situation in Myanmar. The Myanmar HLP Initiative aims to shed new light on the numerous HLP rights issues in Myanmar today by building capacity for enforcing these rights by citizens of the country. The Initiative works together with various groups towards these ends.

Climate Displacement Land Initiative 2016-2020

As our name suggests, Displacement Solutions works on finding solutions to climate displacement. Over the past decade we have been working in the field in some of the countries hardest hit by climate change, from Bangladesh and Kiribati, to Panama and the Maldives. Our work centres around communities whose homes will soon or have already become uninhabitable due to the effects of climate change. 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. Humanity has never faced a greater challenge than climate change. While the most dramatic impacts of climate-change, such as the complete submersion of island states…...

War Crimes and the Home Initiative

The protection of housing, land and property (HLP) rights is central to the enjoyment of all economic, social and cultural, civil and political rights. However, despite the fundamental importance of HLP rights, they remain among the most violated of all universal human rights. Egregious abuses of HLP rights and widespread impunity for their violation continue with regularity across the globe whether in times of conflict, post-conflict, natural disaster or peace. HLP rights have received increasing attention at the international level over the past 60 years and significant development has taken place in clarifying the content of these rights as well as corresponding state obligations and accountability for their violation.

Coastal Kids Project

No environmental issue is likely to impact upon the children of today more than climate change. Throughout the world, temperatures and sea levels are rising, climate-induced environmental changes are causing drought, ever more severe storms, and people in growing numbers are beginning to face the prospect of climate displacement forced to flee their homes because of climate change.

Law School Courses on Climate Change

DS Director Scott Leckie teaches regular law school courses on Climate Change and Human Rights at four of the world's leading law schools. At the University of Melbourne Law School he teaches Climate Change and Human Rights with the next course to be offered in September 2017, and a similar course on Climate Change and Displacement at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law also to be offered in September 2017. He will teach a course entitled Climate Governance and Citizen Justice at Monash Law School in September 2016. In March 2015, he taught a composite version of these two courses at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. As far as we are aware, these are the first recurrent law school courses anywhere in the world to focus on the human rights and displacement aspects of climate change. Since the first offering of the course in 2010, Scott Leckie has provided this course to more than 300 students at these various schools. Principal topics in these courses include: Climate change and human rights: Theory, perspectives and predictions The reality of the human rights impacts of climate change International law and climate change Housing, Land and Property rights dimensions of climate displacement…...