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Figure 2 - Availability of open land ownership data based on the Open Data Barometer (2016, 4th ed.)
29 January 2021
Authors: 
Dr. Marcello De Maria
Global

The data revolution – characterised by the transition to big data, open data and new digital data infrastructures [1] – is projected to make an astonishing 44 billion terabytes of digital data and information available by the end of 2020 [2]. Despite this plethora of information now available to us, about 1 billion people in 140 countries still feel insecure about their land and property rights [3].

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15 October 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Simon Norfolk
Ms. Maria Muianga
Mozambique

This is the story of how dozens of communities in Mozambique are mapping and documenting their own land rights. "A New Hope" is the winner of the Land Portal's Second Data Story Contest, and is authored by the team at Terra Firma Mozambique.  

 

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XIAOWAN DAM IN NANJIAN COUNTY, YUNNAN PROVINCE, SOUTHWEST CHINA. PHOTO CREDIT: GUILLAUME LACOMBE/CIRAD
28 April 2020
Authors: 
Ms. Amy Fallon
Mr. Marko Kallio
China
South-Eastern Asia
Thailand

This article was originally published through CSDS (Center for Social Development Studies) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. It can be found at: https://www.csds-chula.org/publications/2020/4/28/critical-nature-are-chinas-dams-on-the-mekong-causing-downstream-drought-the-importance-of-scientific-debate

 

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8 January 2020
Authors: 
Dr. Mark Napier
Dr. Konrad Hentze
Mrs. Engela Petzer
South Africa

While urbanization and informal settlements are particularly pronounced problems in Africa,  South Africa has had a long and difficult history with spatial segregation.  The OHCHR reports that apartheid-era legislation in South Africa led to both insecure land rights and a lack of housing for the majority of South Africa’s population.  Housing continues to be an issue in the country.  

Forest_Tenure
5 June 2019
Authors: 
Dr. Marcello De Maria
Ms. Romy Sato
Global

The ‘age of ignorance’

For a long time land governance, land tenure and land rights remained in the ‘age of ignorance’.  We have known for some time that land governance is a key ingredient for social, economic and environmental development; what was missing, however, was the data.  With the little information available to us at the time, we set priorities and crafted interventions for our course of work. Relying on a few rough figures meant that we were often repeating mantras and slogans based on loose, rather than on hard and reliable facts.  Most notable among these was the often repeated and now widely disputed, “women own 2% of the world’s land”.

30 May 2019
Authors: 
Jur Schuurman
Guatemala

We meet Rosalía in a roadside café in a dusty town in the Quiché department, in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. She lowers her voice whenever people come in – you never know who might be listening. Land is sensitive stuff, especially in Quiché, a region that still bears, perhaps more than any other part of Guatemala, the scars of the civil war (1960-1996) – as we will see. In 2018 alone, 15 defenders of land rights in Guatemala have been killed with total impunity, several of them in Quiché.

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30 May 2019
Authors: 
Ms. Caroline Long
Sierra Leone

This story was submitted as part of the Land Portal Data Stories Contest and was the recipient of the second prize. 

28 May 2019
Authors: 
Dr. Konrad Hentze
Africa
Mozambique
Zambia

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