Finding Land Solutions to Climate Displacement: A Challenge Like Few Others
Climate displacement - a phenomenon expected to eventually affect hundreds of millions of people - by its very nature implies that people and communities can no longer reside in their traditional homes and that they will require new living arrangements to replace their former homes and lands. This much is clear. What is less clear, however, is where these people will go, who is responsible for them and what policies should be pursued to give climate displaced people the best chance to start life over in the most dignified manner possible. This report examines several land-based approaches that may hold out a measure of hope for those displaced by climate change. These include: national and international land acquisition, voluntary internal relocation and creating and empowering national agencies and institutional mechanisms.