DS is dismayed at the systematic removal of all climate displacement provisions in the draft climate treaty just weeks before the treaty is considered in Paris, in an article just published by the Guardian. DS has received countless calls and emails from our partners across the globe who are already struggling with climate displacement worried that they again will be forgotten by the world. We will keep advocating for the return of climate displacement issues in the treaty in our discussions with governments in the coming months, but our hopes for a truly positive Paris treaty are waning quickly. You can read the Guardian article here.
Press on Climate Displacement and the Bangladesh HLP Initative
Australia's Torres Strait Islands and Climate Displacement
DS ROUNDTABLE ADOPTS 'THE CLIMATE LAND STATMEMENT'
Nature: Human adaptation: Manage climate-induced resettlement
The Bangladesh HLP Initiative has been active in supporting and encouraging print and electronic media in Bangladesh to report on the needs of climate displaced persons across the country. A selection of articles and reports on climate displacement in Bangladesh and the work of the Bangladesh HLP Initiative follows: Coastal Bangladesh, Orientation to Lawyers on Climate Displacement Held, 13 July 2015: Dhaka Tribune, Critical Role of Land in Solving Climate Displacement, 25 November 2015. Dhaka Tribune, The Urgent Need for Rights-Based Solutions to Climate Displacement in Bangladesh, 16 November 2015. Coastal Bangladesh, Climate Displacement in Bangladesh and Durable Solutions, 8 September 2014. New York Times, Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land - Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change, 28 March, 2014. The Financial Express, Climate Displacement and Durable Solutions, 6 February 2014. For a selection of Bengali press on climate displacement and the Bangladesh HLP Initiative, please see here. To get in touch with the Bangladesh HLP Initiative, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org....
A new DS report released today explores the effects of climate change and rising sea levels on one of Australia most vulnerable communities. The 47-page report - An Analysis and Recommendations on Applying the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States to Current and Future Climate Displacement in Australia's Torres Strait Islands - examines how the Peninsula Principles could be used to guide local and national law and policy to ensure that the rights of Torres Strait Islanders are fully ensured in the context of ever worsening climate change effects there. The report offers a series of specific conclusions and recommendations on how to improve the prospects of one of Australia's most vulnerable coastal communities. The full report is available here: Torres Strait Islands and Climate Displacement...
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 ...
The scientific journal Nature calls attention to the growing issue of climate displacement. The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States are referenced as a framework for protecting the rights of climate displaced persons.