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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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Cape Town: Forcibly removed 60 years ago Simon’s Town land claimants return

27 January 2023

Sixty  years after they were forcibly removed to Gugulethu by the apartheid regime in terms of the Group Areas Act some families are returning to Simon’s Town, while others haave accepted compensation.

Tanzanian Government Resorts to Cattle Seizures to Further Restrict Livelihoods of Maasai Pastoralists

24 January 2023

The government of Tanzania is further escalating the pressure on the Maasai to forcve them out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area  by seizing their cattle. Once captured, the cattle are auctioned off and exported from the area, unless the owners manage to get it back by paying a ransom to the…

Members of the Orang Asli Seletar tribe with their lawyers at the Court of Appeal this morning.

Ancestral land dispute resolved, Johor tribe to be resettled

12 January 2023

An Orang Asli Seletar tribe in Johor, whose ancestral land was taken and sold to developers, will be relocated on new land to be gazetted for their settlement.

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Indigenous knowledge in Colombia

Indigenous knowledge to maintain biodiversity in Colombia

16 November 2022

In this blog we talk to Maria-Clara van der Hammen, who has worked with indigenous communities in Colombia for many years with Tropenbos, one of the LAND-at-scale partners in Colombia. For the moment the project is being applied with Koreguaje and Macaguaje communities in the Colombian Amazon…

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The New Customary Land Rights Act in Sierra Leone: Bringing informed community consent to responsible investment

17 November 2022

In September 2022, Sierra Leone enacted unprecedented laws related to land, climate, and sustainable development. This new law transforms communities’ ability to protect their land rights and pursue sustainable development. This webinar will discuss the processes, the experiences, the challenges,…