Leading international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, interviews DS Director Scott Leckie on his latest thoughts on the uncertain future of small island nations and the widespread impacts of climate change. Click here and listen in from 10.40 minutes to hear Scott talking.
DS Welcomes Participants to the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced People
Climate Change and Human Rights Law School Course Goes Digital
Nature: Human adaptation: Manage climate-induced resettlement
Climate Land Bank Idea Gets Major Boost in New ADB Report
DS is delighted to welcome all participants to Geneva for the Roundtable on Improving Land Access for Climate Displaced Persons and Communities! This event is one of the first-ever international gatherings to discuss the details of what it will mean to find new land for everyone, everywhere who is displaced due to the effects and consequences of climate change. We have brought together a diverse and highly experienced group of global experts on these issues and hope to come up with a series of new recommendations on how best to increase the chances for the growing millions of people across the world who are in the process of facing climate displacement. Our report on the meeting will be released in several weeks, so please come back then and have a read. Thanks for coming everyone! And thanks to the HEI for co-hosting this event with us. You can read the Opening Statement by DS Director Scott Leckie here: FINAL Opening Statement by SL to DS Roundtable A Public Event featuring many speakers from the Roundtable on 'Bigger Slums or Better Homes? Solving the Global Climate Displacement Crisis Begins with Land will be held from 18:15-20:00 at the HEI's Auditorium Ivan Pictet…...
DS Director Scott Leckie recently completed teaching his popular law school course at Monash Law School in Melbourne on Climate Change and Human Rights (LAW5454), this time using Zoom. After some initial reluctance to teach a complex law course using Zoom because of the COVD-19 lockdown, after a few minutes all was well and the two-week course was a pure joy to teach - great and clearly dedicated students always makes a big difference! If you would like to have Scott teach this course at your law school or as an undergraduate course, please contact us anytime at email@example.com to discuss possibilities. This is the world's first law school course on climate change and human rights, and has been taught by Scott at various leading law schools since 2007 when he first designed and presented the course in Australia....
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.
A new report on Promoting Affordable Housing in Yangon, Myanmar published by the Asian Development Bank has, among other recommendations, urged the government of Myanmar to consider establishing a National Climate Land Bank to proactively address the looming climate displacement crisis in the country. The report notes that "Myanmar’s housing sector is struggling to cope with rapid urbanization, internal migration, and new demand from recent economic growth. These challenges are most apparent in the Yangon Region, where estimates suggest there will be a housing shortage of 1.3 million units by 2030. This publication assesses the current housing market situation in Yangon. It identifies reform options and offers practical recommendations to support the Yangon Region Government’s implementation of its affordable housing agenda and related policies." With a specific recommendation to establish a climate land bank, the report continues "The central importance of land for security, stability, and economic development is already well-recognized by the present government and by all organs of civil society, which have commenced identifying state land resources for eventual distribution to landless rural poor households as part of broader land reform efforts. In this context, the establishment of the MNCLB would be a further element of broader land…...