A three-person DS team has just completed a research mission to Nepal to examine the legal and policy responses to the 2015 earthquakes that struck the country, causing thousands of deaths and injuries, as well as massive destruction and damage to almost one million homes. DS worked closely with the DFID-supported Durable Solutions Project (http://www.durablesolutionsnepal.org) coordinated by the Czech NGO People in Need to explore what was done right in response to the quakes, and what might be improved in the future.
Over the past decade, Displacement Solutions has undertaken extensive research aimed at shedding light on the numerous housing, land and property (HLP) rights issues facing the people of Myanmar. Through these efforts DS aims to build the capacity of the people of Myanmar to exercise and enforce their HLP rights. To this end, DS provides practical guidance to citizens and their governments through the development of institutional and policy frameworks, guiding principles and practical steps which seek to reduce, eliminate and redress HLP rights abuses.
NEW DS & Ecodev Report Urges Government of Myanmar to Establish a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank
A new report released today by Displacement Solutions and Yangon-based Ecodev urges the government of Myanmar to immediately establish a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank (MNCLB) to prepare the country and its people for massive climate displacement.
You can access the full report here.
Displacement Solutions and the United Nations Human Settlements Agency – UN Habitat – today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for collaboration between the two organisations; globally, regionally, nationally, and at city-level.
Ten Years of Action
On 11 March 2017, a group of 54 families moved in the newly built town of Gramalote, Colombia some seven years after the decimation of the town as a consequence of the La Niña phenomena. They are part of the nearly 3,300 climate displaced people who were affected by the massive mudslide that destroyed their community in December 2010. Other families will continue moving throughout 2017 as their houses and other public buildings such as the school and hospital are finalized. It is expected that the 1,000 new houses will all be completed by March 2018.
The Principles on housing and property restitution for refugees and displaced persons articulated
herein are designed to assist all relevant actors, national and international, in addressing the
legal and technical issues surrounding housing, land and property restitution in situations where
displacement has led to persons being arbitrarily or unlawfully deprived of their former homes,
lands, properties or places of habitual residence.
– Principle 1.1 of the Pinheiro Principles
DS carried out its latest mission to Myanmar 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.
DS ROUNDTABLE ADOPTS ‘THE CLIMATE LAND STATMEMENT’
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.
I. Executive Summary
From end of February to early March 2015, a fact-finding mission from Displacement Solutions visited Colombia to investigate the situation of the town of Gramalote, which was completely destroyed by the extreme weather events of La Nina 2010-2011, and to review the status of the planned relocation of the population to another site. The mission used the 2013 Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States as a guiding framework for assessing the situation.
Communities affected by climate displacement
DS has just completed a 70-page legal study examining Land Acquisition and Practice in Myanmar. This in-depth survey is based on DS’s many years working on land issues in the country, and it minutely analyses areas of Myanmar land acquisition laws against the comparatively strong provisions found in the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards 1 and 5, the latter of which outlines rules on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement when the IFC engages with client companies investing in locations potentially involving land acquisition measures.
WHAT IS THIS GUIDE ABOUT?
The aim of this guide is to provide practical, easy to follow advice on what people displaced from their homes and lands by climate change can do to get help. It is written directly for climate displaced persons and their advocates.
It explains in non-technical language what climate displacement is, what rights you are entitled to as a climate displaced person, and what you can do to protect your rights.
GUIDANCE NOTE ON LAND FOR CLIMATE DISPLACED PERSONS IN BANGLADESH
10 FEBRUARY 2015