Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons on displacement and planned relocations in the context of climate change

By Climate Refugees
11 / 04 / 2024
A family crosses the flooded streets of Pakistan. Image credit: Asian Development Bank via Flickr, licensed under a CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED licence.

While Climate Refugees’ on-the-ground work to document climate-related displacement has not yet included visiting communities that have benefited from well-executed planned relocation, there are a number of considerations and recommendations we can offer from our work speaking to displaced and at-risk communities that can inform a human rights-based approach to planned relocations.

This submission draws from interviews conducted by Climate Refugees in climate-vulnerable communities in Miami, Florida and Kenya. This work highlights the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized people who have experienced displacement directly as a result of climate change and would now benefit from planned relocation, while others are facing more indirect displacement due to market forces influenced by climate change. As such, this submission will share the experiences of people displaced and their views on how the full enjoyment of human rights can be ensured in contexts of planned relocation, addressing the specific question of the Special Rapporteur.

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