Climate Change, Flood Management and Internal Displacement: Whose Responsibility? (78530)

Session Information: Environment and Immigration
Session Chair: JoseDeJesus Sandoval-Palomares

Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:45
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Since the industrial era, economic growth has intensified, resulting in an increase in energy demand. This has led to immense accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions, causing global warming and climate change. Malaysia has not escaped the effects of climate change, with the country facing increasingly high precipitation resulting in massive floods occurring almost annually. The floods wreak havoc in terms of destruction of lives and property. Overlooked in this tragedy are those who are internally displaced through the loss of homes, property, livelihood and way of life. This article seeks to explore the legal rights of Malaysians who are internally displaced due to extreme weather, with a particular focus on floods. For the purpose of this research, a qualitative research method is adopted. The data collection method is document analysis consisting of both primary and secondary sources such as international conventions, the Federal Constitution, Federal Acts of Parliament, textbooks, journal articles, published law reports, online articles, media reports, and case law. The research found that at the moment, it would be difficult to hold the government accountable for the failure to put in place realistic and holistic mitigation and adaptation strategies as pledged internationally, as there does not appear to be sufficient legal recourse for citizens who are internally displaced.

Sheila Ramalingam, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Sheila Ramalingam is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Universiti Malaya, Malaysia in Malaysia

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