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Indigenous & Community Land Rights

With secure land tenure, Indigenous Peoples and local communities can realize human rights, achieve economic growth, protect the environment, and maintain cultural integrity. For centuries, Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have used, managed and depended on collectively-held land for food supplies, cultural and spiritual traditions, and other livelihood needs. Historically governed through customary tenure systems rooted in community norms and practices that often go back centuries, governments often consider such community land as vacant, idle, or state-owned property.  Statutory recognition and protection of indigenous and community land rights continues to be a major challenge.

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Deaths of Phillips and Pereira shine light on a region of the Amazon beset by violence

16 June 2022

Brazilian police reported on June 15 that they had found the bodies believed to be those of Brazilian Indigenous defender Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips deep in the western Amazon. The bodies were found not far from where the pair disappeared on June 5, in the Vale do Javari…

Tanzania: UN experts warn of escalating violence amidst plans to forcibly evict Maasai from ancestral lands

16 June 2022

UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns about continuous encroachment on traditional Maasai lands and housing, accompanied by a lack of transparency in, and consultation with the Maasai Indigenous Peoples, during decision making and planning. This trend most recently culminated in…

The Invention of Green Colonialism — the roots of Africa’s wildlife NGOs come under withering scrutiny

14 June 2022

In ‘The Invention of Green Colonialism’, Guillaume Blanc has laid bare the colonial roots of the West’s drive to ‘save’ African wildlife and landscapes from the people of Africa. Such policies today often come in the guise of ‘sustainable development’ and the like. The bottom line, in Blanc’s view,…

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Ngorongoro Evictions a Bad Idea: People and Nature Can Coexist

11 June 2022

Lucas Yamat and Pablo Manzano The future of Ngorongoro has been the subject of hot debate among various stakeholders following a proposal by the government of Tanzania to relocate pastoralists from the district in order to conserve this important World Heritage site. The proposal is based on claims…

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Post COP26 Reflections: A Focus on Opportunities for Customary Land Rights

19 May 2022

May 19th 2022 at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (15:00 PM– 16:30 PM CEST) 2021 was a year of big promises concerning tenure rights. At COP26, an unprecedented 1.7 billion dollar pledge was made in support of ancestral community land rights, aiming to place IPLCs rights central to global policy-making and…