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1st Edition

Climate Change and Displacement Reader

ISBN 9780415691345
Published January 12, 2012 by Routledge
528 Pages

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Book Description

Official estimates put the future scale of human displacement as a result of climate change at anywhere from 150 million to one billion people. Despite this crisis in the making, few countries or international institutions are adequately prepared to address and resolve this emerging human rights crisis.

This compilation brings together fifty-one of the leading texts on climate change and displacement. It provides a consolidated source and substantive overview of the key issues relating to climate change and displacement, including: the reality of climate displacement; the shape of current and proposed international law on this matter; the institutional and governance framework that will address and respond to this crisis; and an analysis of what a cross-section of governments and civil society organizations are already doing to prepare for and act against climate displacement. This volume is an indispensable resource for academics researching this issue, community and international advocates, officials of the United Nations and international human rights and humanitarian organizations; national and municipal governments as well as all people concerned about the human rights of climate displaced persons throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction  Section 2: The Reality of Climate Displacement  In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement CIESIN, UNHCR, UNU-EHS  Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Human Security: A Commissioned Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Karen O’Brien, Linda Sygna, Robin Leichenko, W. Neil Adger, Jon Barnett, Tom Mitchell, Lisa Schipper, Thomas Tanner, Coleen Vogel and Colette Mortreux  Climate Changed: People Displaced Vikram Kolmannskog  The Role of Environmental Degradation in Population Displacement Steve Lonergan  Climate Change and Forced Migration: Observations, Projections and Implications Oli Brown  A Climate of Conflict: The Links between Climate Change, Peace and War Dan Smith and Janani Vivekananda  Losing Paradise Nic Maclellan  Section 3: International Legal and Institutional Framework  Displacement Caused by the Effects of Climate Change: Who Will Be Affected and What Are the Gaps in the Normative Framework for Their Protection? Walter Kälin  Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: A UNHCR Perspective UNHCR  Climate Change and Statelessness: An Overview UNHCR  Securing Meaningful International Agreement on Climate Change Related Displacement and Migration: The Refugee Convention as a Window on International Burden (Responsibility)-Sharing in an Involuntary Movement Context Bruce Burson  The Protection of Environmentally-Displaced Persons in International Law Aurelie Lopez  Security Council Holds First-ever Debate on Impact of Climate Change on Peace, Security, Hearing Over 50 Speakers Department of Public Information  United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/281: Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications UN General Assembly Resolution 63/281  Section 3.1 Human Rights Law Human Rights Council Resolution 7/23: Human Rights and Climate Change Human Rights Council Resolution  The Relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights Annual Report of the United Nations  The Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples in States and other Territories Threatened with Extinction for Environmental Reasons Françoise Hampson  Mission to Maldives: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnick  Climate Change and Human Rights: A Rough Guide International Council on Human Rights Policy  The Human Side of Climate Change: Human Rights Violations and Climate Refugees Stand Up for Your Rights  Section 3.2 Selected Climate Change Standards Male Declaration on the Human Dimension of Global Climate Change Republic of Maldives  Copenhagen Accord United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  The Niue Declaration on Climate Change The Pacific Island Forum  Section 4. Proposed New Legal Standards  Legal and Normative Frameworks Roger Zetter  ‘The Hour When The Ship Comes In’: A Convention for Persons Displaced by Climate Change David Hodgkinson, Tess Burton, Heather Anderson and Lucy Young  Section 5. Affected Countries  Pacific  The Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 Pacific Islands Forum  The Future is Here: Climate Change in the Pacific Oxfam Briefing Paper  Australia  People, Property and Places: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Settlements in the Western Port Region: People, Property and Places Peter Kinrade and Benjamin Preston  Engaging our Pacific Neighbours on Climate Change: Australia’s Approach Commonwealth of Australia  Our Drowning Neighbours: Labor’s Policy Discussion Paper on Climate Change in the Pacific Bob Sercombe and Anthony Albanese  Welcoming Pacific Migrants ‘In our Security Interests’ Katharine Murphy  Kiribati  Republic of Kiribati National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) Environment and Conservation Division  We Aren’t Refugees Jane McAdam and Maryanne Loughry  New Zealand  Adapting to Sea Level Rise New Zealand Ministry of the Environment  Papua New Guinea  How-to Guide for Environmental Refugees Ursula Rakova  Tuvala  Tuvalu’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Ministry of Natural Resources  Tuvalu: Islanders Lose Ground to Rising Seas Stephanie Long  Island Evacuation Ilan Kelman Vanuatu  Global Warning: Devastation of an Atoll Peter Boehm  Asia  Bangladesh  Bangladesh National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) Ministry of Environment and Forest Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  The Ganges Delta: Temporary Migration as a Survival Strategy CIESIN, UNHCR, UNU-EHS  India  Climate Change in India - A Humanitarian Perspective Nicola Macnaughton  Indonesia  Adaptation and Cooperation Britta Heine and Lorenz Petersen  Maldives  Maldives National Adaptation Program of Action Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water  Vietnam  Mekong Delta: Living with Floods and Resettlement CIESIN, UNHCR, UNU-EHS  Section 6: Community and NGO Responses and Proposed Solutions  Climate Change Displaced Persons and Housing, Land and Property Rights: Preliminary Strategies for Rights-Based Planning and Programming to Resolve Climate-Induced Displacement Displacement Solutions  The Bougainville Resettlement Initiative: Meeting Report Displacement Solutions  Carterets Integrated Relocation Program Bougainville Tulele Peisa  Key Points on Climate Justice Global Humanitarian Forum  Alaskan Communities’ Rights and Resilience Robin Bronen

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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.

Ezekiel Simperingham is an international human rights lawyer. Ezekiel is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand as a legal consultant for the international humans rights NGO Displacement Solutions, where he is focusing on the international human rights dimensions of the housing, land and property sector in Burma and the housing and property rights of refugees under international law.

Jordan Bakker is currently a student at Monash University Law School, and works as a research associate with Displacement Solutions. He has carried out fieldwork on climate displacement in Bangladesh, Kiribati and Tuvalu.