This yearbook chapter discusses the link between international investment law and commercial pressures on the world’s natural resources. It argues that changes in legal frameworks are redefining control over natural resources, and facilitating transitions toward more commercialised land relations. As pressures on resources increase, many national laws undermine the rights of people impacted by investments. If not properly thought through, international treaties to protect foreign investment could compound shortcomings of local and national governance.
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Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksOctober, 2016South America, Africa, Europe, United States of America
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksMarch, 2016Germany
Recent studies have focused on the 'silent' agricultural revolution that occurred in rural West German society during the postwar period. The purpose of this paper is to provide a new framework by reviewing these recent studies in three research fields: (1) German rural social history, (2) the history of German agricultural policy, and (3) the ecological aspects of the land consolidation program ('Flurbereinigung').
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 1951South Africa, Bolivia, United States of America
An international journal of forestry and forest industries
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsJanuary, 2018United States of America
In 2005, massive hurricanes battered communities along the Gulf Coast of the United States. In the aftermath, thousands of families who lived on land passed down to them informally by parents and grandparents learned that because they lacked clear formal title to their properties, they were ineligible for disaster assistance to rebuild their homes. Related title issues in other regions kept families from developing inherited lands and allowed predatory developers to use court-ordered partition sales to grab long-held properties for pennies on the dollar.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2013Africa
Many a dogma produced by agricultural policies over the past decades has proved disastrous for African agriculture. Ms Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU), looks at lessons learnt and suggests ways to bring progress to Africa’s rural regions.
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsJuly, 2017Netherlands, Global
Soms bewust en soms onopgemerkt trekt iemand een stuk (gemeente)grond bij zijn tuin, onderhoudt dit jarenlang en behandelt het alsof het van hem is. Landjepik. Na twintig jaar verliest de originele eigenaar zijn eigendom en wordt de ‘dief ’ beloond voor zijn actie. Maar deze wijziging wordt nergens vastgelegd. De notaris kan dit dus niet zien als hij een woning overdraagt. Björn Hoops, promovendus en docent aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, brengt nu in kaart hoe groot dit probleem is.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksJune, 2014Kenya
A focus edition on family farming would hardly be credible without giving the family farmers themselves an opportunity to speak. We talked to Moses Munyi, the owner of a six-hectare farm in Embu, Kenya, about his everyday life and about his views of the prospects for farming in the future.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2013Brazil
Resumo Após uma década da aprovação do Estatuto da Cidade - marco regulatório da política urbana no Brasil inserido no Â¢mbito das reformas políticas e jurídicas anunciadas pela Constituinte de 1988 - cabe debater se, onde, quando e de que forma este tem sido implementado no país. Este balanço não pode deixar de considerar as dimensões do processo político e social que deram origem ao Estatuto, assim como de que forma estas mesmas dimensões foram se transformando no país ao longo dos dez anos que nos separam de sua aprovação pelo Congresso Nacional.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchOctober, 2011Brazil
Estatuto da Cidade se insere em amplo processo de reforma jurídica Complementação por novas leis federais Uma nova ordem jurídico-urbanística Ordem jurídica mudou significativa e Estructuralmente Nova ordem institucional na esfera federal Mercantilização da cidade Defasagem jurídica Defasagem institucional Conteúdos do Estatuto da Cidade Um novo paradigma sobre a questão da propiedades Ordem pública e direitos colectivos Natureza jurídica do planejamento territorial Natureza da gestão urbana Lembrar do debate constituinte Limites da ordem jurídica Problemas de eficácia jurídica Problemas de
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsJanuary, 2014Africa
In 2003, the Maputo Declaration of the African Union stated that, within five years, 10 per cent of budgets of member states would be dedicated to agriculture. Ten years on, despite spending increases by some countries African governments still allocate an average of only 4 per cent of their national budgets to agriculture. Only eight out of 54 countries under the African Union have consistently reached the 10 per cent target.
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