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Land and Covid-19

As governments press pause on economic activities and people change their work and social behaviors to halt the spread of COVID-19, there are several hidden dimensions that can put pressure on land governance and management and threaten the land rights security of millions worldwide. In this section, we’ve put together the latest news on how COVID-19 affects various dimensions of land rights.  

 

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News

Uzbek Farmers Unhappy With President's Order Giving Land To Jobless Youth
14 March 2021
Uzbekistan


Main photo: Farmers complain that not only will they lose income without compensation, but they even have to pay taxes on the land they are forced to give away.

Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.
8 March 2021
Global

This year’s theme for the International Day,"Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

World's tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19
18 February 2021
Global

Threats against indigenous people and rainforests have risen during the coronavirus pandemic as governments have rolled back social and environmental safeguards to boost economic growth, land rights activists said on Thursday.

18 February 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Indonesia

PARIS (AFP) — Governments worldwide are using the Covid-19 pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups, according to a global report on deforestation and rule of la

Library

Reports & Research
April 2021
Global
The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.
 
Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19
Reports & Research
March 2021
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Indonesia
Global

The webinar Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19, organized by Forest Peoples Programme, the Tenure FacilityMiddlesex University, the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Land Portal Foundation, took place on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Mekong Land Research Forum: Annual country reviews 2020-21
Policy Papers & Briefs
February 2021
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

The Annual Country Reviews reflect upon current land relations in the Mekong Region, and has been produced for researchers, practitioners and policy advocates operating in the field. Specialists have been selected from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to briefly answer the following two questions:

Events

20 May 2021
Global

Join the Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation for a webinar on May 20th. The link between “environmental imbalances” and “emerging infectious diseases” is well established in literature; studies have shown that activities associated with deforestation, and subsequent biodiversity loss, contribute to the spread of disease v

Organizers: 
Land Portal Foundation
Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Tenure Facility
Ford Foundation
3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum 2021
26 May 2021 to 27 May 2021

Location

Online
Laos
LA
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam
  
Agenda

  
  
Organizers: 
Mekong Region Land Governance
Land Portal Foundation
Land Equity International
Groupe de Recherches et d'Echanges Technologiques
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Blogs

Land Ownership, Tumaco's New Hope
24 February 2021
Authors: 
Nicholas Parkinson
Colombia

The pandemic has shown the Colombian government how structural land issues continue to hamper rural development.

Colombia’s hospitals have been challenged due to Covid-19, and while the government rushes to strengthen the country’s healthcare system, intensive care unit occupancy remains high throughout the pandemic.

Tungsten surface mining in Rwanda
29 January 2021
Authors: 
Nathaniah Jacobs
Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
Global
Eight Breakthroughs for Land Rights in 2020
2 February 2021
Authors: 
Chris Jochnick
Tanzania
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Liberia
Myanmar
Global

2020 was a tough year on many fronts, and land rights were no exception. COVID-19 hindered land rights advocates from doing field research, meeting with government officials, prioritizing policy initiatives, and obtaining funding.

Despite these headwinds, we have seen important advances, and the field continues to grow. Here are eight breakthroughs in 2020 to celebrate:

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