Land Solutions for Climate Displacement

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Scott Leckie
Routledge, May 23, 2014 - Business & Economics - 402 pages

The threat of climate displacement looms large over a growing number of countries. Based on the more than six years of work by Displacement Solutions in ten climate-affected countries, academic work on displacement and climate adaptation, and the country-level efforts of civil society groups in several frontline countries, this report explores the key contention that land will be at the core of any major strategy aimed at preventing and resolving climate displacement.

This innovative and timely volume coordinated and edited by the Founder of Displacement Solutions, Scott Leckie, examines a range of legal, policy and practical issues relating to the role of land in actively addressing the displacement consequences of climate change. It reveals the inevitable truth that climate displacement is already underway and being tackled in countries such as Bangladesh, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the United States, and proposes a series of possible land solution tools that can be employed to protect the rights of people and communities everywhere should they be forced to flee the places they call home.


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1 Introduction
2 Climate change displacement and resettlement
3 The efficacy of the forms of climate change adaptation
4 Land availability for climatedisplaced communities in Bangladesh
5 Land acquisition for climatedisplaced communities in Bangladesh
6 The viability of the Chittagong Hill Tracts as a destination for climatedisplaced communities in Bangladesh
notes from the frontline
8 Climate displacement and land solutions in Myanmar
leading change in climate change adaptation and resilience in Bougainville Papua New Guinea
10 Climaterelated displacement and options for resettlement in Solomon Islands
11 Climate displacement in Tuvalu
the case of Newtok village Alaska
possible land solution tools to resolve climate displacement
The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States

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About the author (2014)

Scott Leckie is Director of Displacement Solutions, a non-profit initiative designed to assist refugees and displaced persons to return and recover their original homes. An international human rights lawyer and global housing advocate, he is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of economic and social rights. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.