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Bangladesh Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights Initiative

  • YPSA stall in the climate change fair
  • Sharing session National workshop at Chittagong
  • Question & Answer session on Presentation of Climate Change issue
  • Participants on advocacy meeting at Noakhali
  • Participants of Advocacy meetings at Bogra
  • Skype Conversation
  • Participants-at-advocacy-meeting-Khulna
  • One to one session in Chandpur
  • FGD session at Sirajgonj
  • Event workshop at Satkhira
  • Event Workshop at Rangamati
  • Event workshop at Feni
  • Workshop presentation at Laxmipur
  • Awareness procession during IDDRR 2012
  • Audience in a District- evel Advocacy workshop at Sirajgong
  • orientation program
  • group photo
  • 9.Discuss with Displace People
  • Meeting with UNO at Sitakunda
  • Discuss with UNO of Sandwip about Displace people and River Erosion
  • Interview with Displace people
  • Discuss with Mayor of Sandwip about Displace people and River Erosion
  • Visitors visited river erosion effected area at kalapania in Sandwip

Report / Publication

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Project Reports

Project report of extension period March-August 2014

Project Narrative Report April 2014

Progress Report October 2013

Progress Report March 2013

Progress Report July 2012

Superior Settlement for Climate Displaced People of Bangladesh: Approach for Durable Solutions

IEC Materials

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Five Key Actions for Ensuring Rights of Climate
Displaced People

জলবায়ু স্থানচ্যুত মানুষের অধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠায় প্রধান পাঁচটি করণীয়

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Duration of Project:

Phase-I: 1 April 2012– 28 February 2013

Phase-II: 1 March 2013– 31 August 2014.

Area Coverage        : Whole Bangladesh

Name of Donor      : DISPLACEMENT SOLUTIONS (DS)

Background

Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world and is set to become even more so as a result of climate change. Natural hazards across the country are already leading to the forced displacement of millions of Bangladeshis and this number is set to multiply as the effects of climate change increase the severity and frequency of these natural hazards. Many of these individuals have lost their houses and lands to climatic hazards and have no ability nor received any support or assistance to access new homes or new lands. At present, there is no comprehensive Government plan or policy to ensure the housing, land and property rights of climate displaced persons in Bangladesh.

To face the challenge of mass displacement (both internal and external) as a result of climate Change, YPSA started Bangladesh Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights initiative with the support of Displacement Solutions for better settlement of climate displaced Peoples.  After successfully completion of first initiative (HLP 2012), DS further extended collaboration with YPSA for the Bangladesh Housing, Land and Property Rights Initiative from March, 2013 to August, 2014.

Objectives of the Project:

To identify rights-based solutions and actions that could be undertaken to resolve the displacement of climate-affected communities as well as to ensure and safeguard their housing, land and property rights.

Major Activities of Phase-II (March 2013– 31 August 2014):

  1. 1.      Land Acquisition for Climate Displaced Persons
  • Develop short guidance note “Access to Khas land for Climate Displaced Persons in Bangladesh”
  1. Enhancing the work of Legal Groups on the rights of Climate Displaced Persons
  • Formation of Lawyer’s forum
  • Professional translation, publication and distribution of ‘Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States’ report
  1. 3.      Climate Displacement in Bangladesh Mapping Study Report
  • Recruitment of Research Officer
  • Workshop with NGOs/Civil Societies, Academicians and Govt./local govt. officials
  • Key Informant Interview and FGD with relevant stakeholders
  • Communication with relevant stakeholders for profiling
  • Printing and Distribution of mapping study report ““Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: Stakeholders, Laws and Policies – Mapping the Existing Institutional Framework”
  1. 4.      Advocacy and Awareness raising on solutions to climate displacement In 

Bangladesh

  • Round Table Discussion on rights of climate displaced persons in Bangladesh and launching of Mapping Study report in Dhaka
  • Large Scale Media campaign and writing features by journalist through visiting climate affected hotspot
  • Recruitment of Legal Support Officer
  • Development and printing of 5 points advocacy plan (IEC Materials)
  • Meeting with the local govt. and central govt. officials
  • Meetings with climate affected communities and local civil society organizations
  • Meeting with Media Representatives for sensitization on Climate Displacement issues
  • Meeting with different political parties to include the protection of the rights of climate displaced persons as key elements of their political manifestos
  • Meeting with MPs from climate-affected communities across Bangladesh
  • Meeting with legal groups and lawyers associations in Bangladesh to raise awareness of climate displacement
  • Comprehensive training in a 2-day workshop on international legal issues related to climate displacement in Bangladesh (to be conducted by DS)
  • Translation and printing of Booklet on Rights of Climate Displaced Persons
    • Hosting Mr. Ezekiel Simperingham (Focal person of Bangladesh HLP Rights Initiative)
  1. 5.      Translation, publication and distribution of “Climate Displacement in Bangladesh” Report
  • Professional translation, publication and distribution of the Climate Displacement in Bangladesh report
  1. 6.       Coastal Kids Project
  • Art and debate competition on Climate Change issues
  • Support photo competition and distribute T-Shirt to Students (Coastal Kids 2014)

Achievement of Phase-I (April 2012 to 28 February 2013)

Identify a school and appropriate contact person for DS’ Coastal Kids Project

  • Identified “William Carey Academy” (WCA) school and appropriate contact person of Coastal Kids Project
  • Collection of interest letter from School and sent to DS
  • MOU signed between WCA and YPSA
  • 1st Skype conversation held between WCA and Sorrento Primary School (SPS) held
  • Writing competition among Student of Grade V of WCA completed on Climate Change            issue and accordingly award also given to winners
  • Exchanging of pen-pal letters between WCA and Sorrento Primary School (SPS)

Three studies that examine in detail the true picture of land availability in Bangladesh for climate displaced persons as well as the potential durability of future resettlement

  • Indentified and selected Researchers for three studies
  • Methodology and Tools developed of three studies
  • Inception report on three studies submitted to DS
  • Staff Orientation/workshop on Study Methodology and tools held
  • Documents are reviewed for three relevant studies
  • Field activities of study like interview, FGD, KII is completed
  • Seven Event Workshop held in Sirajgonj, Khulna, Satkhira, Chandpur, Feni, Cox’s bazar and      Rangamati under study component
  • Prepared and submitted three final study reports to Displacement Solutions [“land availability in Bangladesh (Study 1)”, “land acquisition for climate displaced communities (study 2)” and “the viability of CHT as destination of climate displaced communities (study 3)”] after incorporating all comments and feedback from DS.

Lobbying and Advocacy to raise the Political Profile of Climate Displacement and for Land Allocation to Climate Displaced Communities

  • IEC materials (Posters, Stickers, folders) focusing of the rights of Climate Displaced people developed and disseminating
  • Ten “Advocacy Meeting with NGOs and Civil Society” held in Bogra, Kurigram, Khulna, Satkhira,         Sirajgonj, Shariatpur, Rajbari, Chandpur, Laksmipur and Noakhali.
  • Five “District level Advocacy Meeting” held in Jessore, Sirajgonj, Feni, Comilla and Chittagong
  • One event of “National Level Advocacy Workshop” held in Chittagong
  • Four “one to one meeting” held with govt. high official in Khulna, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur and  Cox’sbazar on behalf of Climate Displaced people

Hosting DS Representatives and International Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen

  • Hosted and facilitated the mission of Mr. Ezekiel Simperingham and Stephane Jeannet in        April 2012 and provides all sorts of logistical supports, including travel permit, travel, security, accommodation, food and all transport.
  • Hosted Mr. Ezekiel Simperingham (Focal person of Bangladesh HLP Rights Initiative) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 17th January’13 to 20thJanuary’13. Objective of the visit was to engage in high-level lobbying and advocacy with representatives from the central Government , civil society, UN and international agencies in Bangladesh, seeking to find durable and rights-based solutions to climate displacement across the country
    • Hosted International Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen and Gardiner Harris of The New York times in 2013 to do a story about the profound dislocations that Climate Change will bring to Bangladesh

Achievement of Phase-II (during the period of 1 March’13 to August ’14)

  • Recruited Research Officer to work on research & advocacy issues
  • Recruited Legal Support Officer to work in the legal & advocacy issues
  • Published the 5 point Advocacy action points  in English and Bangla version and distributed large no of stakeholders
  • Published Bengali version of DS Publication ‘Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: urgent need for housing, rights and properties initiatives’
  • Published Bengali version of first global policy for rights of climate displaced persons” Peninsula Principals on Climate Displacement Within States”
  • Published and launching of Mapping Study report “Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: Stakeholders, Laws and Policies – Mapping the Existing Institutional Framework”
  • Third Skype conversation held between SPS and WCA.
  • Coastal Kids Debate and Photo Competition successfully organized in Chittagong District
  • Sensitized Print, Electronic and online Media on Climate Displacement issue and published as well as broadcaster different news, articles and feature of climate change induced displacement issues
  • Lawyer’s Forum “ Lawyer’s Initiative on Displacement Solutions (LIDS) “ formed

Additional Activities

  • Face book group page on Bangladesh Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights Initiative
  • YPSA HLP project staff participated in the training on Climate Change and Adaption organized by ARCAB
  • Rapid need assessment of flood victim and temporarily displaced people
  • Meeting between Mr. Scott Leckie, Director and founder of DS and Mr. Arifur Rahman, CE of YPSA, held at Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dissemination of DS publications to the media and policy makers (Photo story of the DS by Kadir and Climate Displacement in Bangladesh “The Need for Urgent Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Rights Solutions”)
  • World Environment Day 2012 observed
  • International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction 2012 observed
  • Participated in Climate Fair 2012 in Chittagong
  • Meeting held between Mr. Md. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive of YPSA and Mr. Ezekiel Simperingham of DS in London

Reporting

  • Regular Programmatic Progress report prepared and submitted to DS
  • Regular Financial report prepared and submitted to DS

Major outcome of Bangladesh HLP Rights Initiative

  • Established communications between Kids of Bangladesh and Australia to work with Climate Change issue
  • Published three study report [Land Availability for Climate Displaced Communities, Land Acquisition for Climate Displaced Communities and the Viability of CHT as a destination for Climate Displaced Communities for first ever time in Bangladesh] in the book of ‘Land Solutions for Climate Displacement’ by Routledge
  • Published the 5 point Advocacy action points  in English and Bangla version and distributed large no of stakeholders
  •  Published and distributed Bengali version of DS Publication ‘Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: urgent need for housing, rights and properties initiatives’
  • Published and distributed Bengali version of first global policy for rights of climate displaced persons” Peninsula Principals on Climate Displacement Within States”
  • Published and launched of Mapping Study report “Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: Stakeholders, Laws and Policies – Mapping the Existing Institutional Framework”
  • GO, NGOs and civil society are starting to think about the issue of climate displacement and the rights of displaced people
  • Media are using term of displacement in their report
  • Developed (final draft) short guidance note “Access to Khas land for Climate Displaced Persons in Bangladesh”

Future Scope of work under Bangladesh HLP Rights Initiative beyond 2013

Possible goal

To demonstrate an effective and efficient way of finding sustainable solutions in respect of HLP Rights for climate displaced people in Bangladesh.

Major component of future initiative

  1. Coordination and Management including the Coastal Kids Programme
  2. Land Identification and Advocacy;
  3. International Campaigning and Advocacy;
  4. Domestic Advocacy ,Climate Negotiations, Capacity Building and Media Outreach;
  5. Model resettlement site development and Action research

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