The vision of the Land Portal Foundation 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.
GFAR was jointly established by FAO, IFAD, The World Bank and CGIAR and is the only multi-stakeholder global forum in which public, private and civil actors, across all aspects of the generation, access, transformation and use of agri-food knowledge, come together through their own representative mechanisms, to collectively shape the future of agriculture and realize desired SDG impacts.
Founded in 1979, ANGOC is a regional association of 20 national and regional networks of non-government organizations (NGO) in Asia actively engaged in food security, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture, participatory governance and rural development.
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.
Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.
November 22nd, 2023 (10AM -11AM GMT)
Climate-change induced disasters and communities’ responses to protect themselves and design solutions have become a top priority on the climate agenda. At the center of mitigation and adaptation discussions have been urban populations, particularly in informal settlements. At the same time, the rural poor with limited or no secure access to land tend to be overlooked. Not only are peasants among the most vulnerable to the impact of floods, droughts, storms, or wildfires. Because of insecure tenure rights in this group, natural disasters often result in land loss and migration as families have little means to reclaim their land or property without records or formal registration documents. Moreover, insecure land rights provide little incentives or capacities to mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change. People are less likely to plant trees or protect the forest if they fear that their land could be taken at any time. Protecting people’s land rights likely leads to long-term investments in land and may help to combat deforestation.
This webinar aims to draw attention to the underexplored nexus of climate change, natural disasters, and tenure (in)security through presentations from participants from across regions. The speakers will provide insights and highlight practices of mitigation and adaptation in the context of insecure tenure rights, and compare positive case examples as well as challenges.
Suggested questions that the webinar intends to address:
- What are key obstacles for families with insecure tenure rights to engage in and apply mitigation or adaptation measures?
- In which ways do natural disasters magnify tenure insecurity?
- How does tenure insecurity add to deforestation and the increase of climate change-induced natural disasters?
This webinar takes place in the framework of a collaboration between ANGOC, Land Portal, ALRD and GLTN to mainstream the land rights of the rural poor in the climate agenda. This collaboration has the support of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR).
- Henry Bonsu - is a British African broadcaster and media consultant and is a regular panelist and reviewer on UK TV news channels ranging from the BBC to Sky.
Bulbul Ahmed - is a legal and development professional with over 15 years of experience with key expertise in human rights, gender sensitivity, inclusion, land rights, environmental justice, protection, and conflict sensitivity and peace building as well as Legal Aid, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is the deputy manager at the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).
Sarah Marquez - is the co-founder of the Caranguejo Tabaiares Resiste collective. She is a popular educator, black woman, and a single mother. She is the councilor for Be Democracy in the State of Pernambuco, and a member of the Pernambuco Black Women's Network, the Climate Observatory (OC) and the Climate Adaptation Network.
In the leadup to upcoming international climate talks, farmers in the coastal regions of Bangladesh are emphasizing the importance of robust and well-documented land rights in the face of the multiple climate change disasters that have adversely impacted their lives and livelihoods. Spearheaded by the Association for Land Reform (ALRD) in Bangladesh, and the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), with the support of the Land Portal Foundation and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR), a social media and information campaign has been underway to amplify their voices on the issue. This time around, we have taken collective action to ensure that climate policy discourse will not neglect the crucial role land rights play in building climate resilience of one of the most vulnerable populations. You can learn more, and contribute, by using hashtags #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak #landmatters #land4climate #COP28 and by following us on Twitter.