The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.
The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.
The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility is focused on securing land and forest rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. We are the first financial mechanism to exclusively fund projects working towards this goal while reducing conflict, driving development, improving global human rights, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation was created to advance and promote the highest standards in journalism worldwide through media training and humanitarian reporting.
For over three decades, we have been informing, connecting and empowering people around the world through our free programmes and services.
We support our work through a combination of core annual donation from Thomson Reuters , other donations and sponsorships, through external funding from other organisations as well as grants specifically dedicated to supporting our core programmes.
In 2022 we remain in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, increasingly violent weather events connected to the changing climate, and global security tensions due to war and conflict. Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are among the most vulnerable and are both directly and indirectly hard-hit by these events.
2021 was a year of big promises concerning tenure rights. At COP26, international world leaders met in Glasgow to discuss how to address climate change. One of the resounding takeaways was an unprecedented 1.7 billion dollar pledge in support of ancestral community land rights, aiming to place IPLCs rights central to global policy-making and discourse. This year´s Land Dialogues series will focus on the opportunities this recognition presents and explore what immediate steps are needed to ensure indigenous and local communities legal land rights recognition. The discussions will look at the legal frameworks advancing tenure rights, the use of data as a source of empowerment, innovative tools supporting governance of territories and the power of stories to other themes that affect and offer opportunities to the most vulnerable groups within the land sector to claim their rights, monitor and hold decision-makers accountable.
With this in mind, a series of four webinars will be held in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, Portuguese and French. The Land Dialogues are co-organized by the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility, the Ford Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Indigenous Peoples look after their land, protect the environment and food sources, and can be a bulwark against global disease by ensuring biodiversity and proper management of forests.
But they remain under sometimes violent threat, are often treated as after-thoughts in international policy planning, and generally see their rights taking second-place to global demands, including environmental protection.