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Carbon Grab—the Next Natural Resource Dilemma?

Carbon Grab—the Next Natural Resource Dilemma?

April 2014

 

A Washington-based human rights organization warns of an unprecedented “carbon grab” by governments and investors that will infringe upon the rights of indigenous peoples in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

REDD Could Lead to a “Carbon Grab” – New Report from the Rights and Resources Initiative

REDD Could Lead to a “Carbon Grab” – New Report from the Rights and Resources Initiative

April 2014

 

The World Bank continues with its push to trade the carbon stored in forests. But new research shows that safeguards and legal protections for indigenous peoples and local communities in these new forest carbon markets are “non-existent”.

Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab

Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab

April 2014

 

A UN program to reduce global carbon emissions may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors, argues a new report.

UN forest protection plans could lead to land grabs – report

UN forest protection plans could lead to land grabs – report

April 2014

 

A UN-led initiative to slow deforestation – including a possible carbon offset market that would pay people not to cut down trees – will fail unless indigenous peoples are given ownership of credits generated from their lands, a new report said today.

Slowdown in Recognition of Indigenous Peoples Rights

Slowdown in Recognition of Indigenous Peoples Rights

April 2014

 

A new study by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) reports drastic slowdowns in the recognition of the rights of forest-dwelling Indigenous Peoples since 2008.

REDD+: Países não têm leis para assegurar direitos dos povos locais

REDD+: Países não têm leis para assegurar direitos dos povos locais

March 2014

 

Estudo produzido por coalizão de mais de 140 organizações conclui que, na maioria das nações, a legislação não determina quem têm o direito de se beneficiar com a negociação do carbono florestal

Pasar Karbon Bank Dunia Hilangkan Hak Masyarakat Adat

Pasar Karbon Bank Dunia Hilangkan Hak Masyarakat Adat

March 2014

 

JAKARTA - Perdagangan karbon yang didorong Bank Dunia akan semakin merampas hak masyarakat adat dan warga di sekitar hutan terkait dengan minimnya perlindungan hukum terhadap kelompok-kelompok rentan tersebut.

March 21: The International Day of Mourning for Destroyed and Stolen Forests

March 21: The International Day of Mourning for Destroyed and Stolen Forests

March 2014

 

The United Nations has declared March 21 the International Day of Forests: a day, in the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of all types of forests and trees to our economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being.”

Initiatief tegen ontbossing risico voor inheemse volken

Initiatief tegen ontbossing risico voor inheemse volken

March 2014

 

WASHINGTON , 21 maart 2014 ( IPS ) — Inheemse volken zien niets terug van het geld dat REDD+ oplevert, het klimaatprogramma dat landen beloont die ontbossing tegengaan. Hun toegang tot de bossen wordt er soms zelfs door beperkt.

Feisty Debate on Carbon Rights Raises More Questions Than Answers

Feisty Debate on Carbon Rights Raises More Questions Than Answers

March 2014

 

March 20, 2014 | Though the weather outside the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Wednesday was dull, the mood inside was spirited and at times contentious at the Fifteenth Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change, hosted by the Rights and Resources Institute (RRI). About 100 panelists and audience members came together to discuss the issue of ‘carbon rights’ in the wake of the recently passed Warsaw Agreement on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests (REDD+).

'Conflict carbon' heats up debate over REDD+

'Conflict carbon' heats up debate over REDD+

March 2014

 

As the World Bank moves forward with plans to pay developing countries to reduce and avoid carbon emissions by preserving forests (REDD+), advocates for local communities and indigenous groups are warning the rules developed to guide payment schemes do not do enough to protect the people who live in or use forests.

Carbon-Cutting Initiative May Harm Indigenous Communities

Carbon-Cutting Initiative May Harm Indigenous Communities

March 2014

 

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 2014 (IPS) - Civil society and advocacy groups are warning that a prominent carbon-reduction initiative, aimed at curbing global emissions, is undermining land tenure rights for indigenous communities, putting their livelihoods at risk.

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

March 2014

 

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations',

Comunidades indígenas no podrán beneficiarse del mercado de carbono de sus bosques

Comunidades indígenas no podrán beneficiarse del mercado de carbono de sus bosques

March 2014

 

Washington, 19 mar (EFEUSA). Las comunidades locales indígenas disponen de pocas protecciones y salvaguardas legales de sus derechos ante el lanzamiento de los mercados de carbono que se incluyen dentro del plan de Naciones Unidas para frenar la deforestación.

REDD could lead to a “carbon grab” – new report from the Rights and Resources Initiative

REDD could lead to a “carbon grab” – new report from the Rights and Resources Initiative

March 2014

 

The World Bank continues with its push to trade the carbon stored in forests. But new research shows that safeguards and legal protections for indigenous peoples and local communities in these new forest carbon markets are “non-existent”.

Reuters AlertNet: Can REDD+ work without land and carbon rights?

Reuters AlertNet: Can REDD+ work without land and carbon rights?

March 2014

 

In an opinion piece for Reuters AlertNet, Andy White, RRI's Coordinator, asserts why REDD+ cannot protect the forests without protecting the rights of those who live in and manage those forests.

Ventures-Africa: NGOs Recommend Land Ownership Rights For Liberian Women

Ventures-Africa: NGOs Recommend Land Ownership Rights For Liberian Women

March 2014

 

The Network of African Women for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) and the Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI) have recommended the extension of land ownership rights to women as Liberia finalizes its new land laws.

All Africa: Women From 12 African Nations in Liberia for Forest Confab

All Africa: Women From 12 African Nations in Liberia for Forest Confab

March 2014

 

Liberia: Sticky Land Crisis - Grand Bassa Locals Vs Eq. Oil Palm Expansion

Liberia: Sticky Land Crisis - Grand Bassa Locals Vs Eq. Oil Palm Expansion

March 2014

 

Blayah, Town, Grand Bassa County Palm Oil concession companies are sprouting up in Liberia but the issue of land and expansion has become a sticky one for all concerned. The expansion effort of the Equatorial Palm Oil Company to resurvey over 35,000 hectares of land caused upset for the local inhabitants last year.

Liberia: Women Storm Monrovia

Liberia: Women Storm Monrovia

March 2014

 

In commemoration of International Women's Day, 8 March, the third regional workshop on gender, climate change, and land and forest tenures in Africa will take place in Monrovia under the auspices of REFACOF or African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests, the Foundation for Community Initiatives and the Rights and Resources Initiative.

WEDO supports Third Regional Workshop on Gender, Climate Change, Land and Forest Tenures in Africa

WEDO supports Third Regional Workshop on Gender, Climate Change, Land and Forest Tenures in Africa

March 2014

 

MONROVIA (March 3, 2013)-- Today as we celebrate Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day, WEDO team members Andrea Quesada and Eleanor Blomstrom have arrived in Liberia for the start of a three day training on land, forest tenure & climate change in Africa.

Forest peoples urge land rights action

Forest peoples urge land rights action

February 2014

 

There’s plenty of talk at the United Nations and in the corridors of international conferences on making land rights a realiy for forest people. But campaigners say there’s not much action to match.

Pace of global land rights reform is slowing, says new report

Pace of global land rights reform is slowing, says new report

February 2014

 

The amount of land owned or designated for use by indigenous peoples and local communities is increasing but at a slower rate than past years, according to a report by global coalition Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

Hak-hak Masyarakat Suku Asli Terhadap Hutan Tropis Berkurang

Hak-hak Masyarakat Suku Asli Terhadap Hutan Tropis Berkurang

February 2014

 

Organisasi The Rights and Resources Initiative mengatakan, meskipun ada dukungan dari pengadilan, pernyataan kelompok bisnis serta pemerintah, hal itu tetap saja terjadi. Kemunduran itu timbul akibat kekurangan pangan, bahan bakar, air dan kekayaan mineral global yang terus berlanjut.

Progress on land rights for forest communities slowing - report

Progress on land rights for forest communities slowing - report

February 2014

 

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Progress toward securing the land rights of forest communities has slowed around the world, with some hard-won gains threatening to be rolled back in some countries even as others see advances, forest experts said this week.

Los gobiernos controlan un 61 por ciento de los bosques de las comunidades indígenas

Los gobiernos controlan un 61 por ciento de los bosques de las comunidades indígenas

February 2014

 

Londres, 5 feb (EFE).- Los gobiernos de todo el mundo controlan un 61 % de los bosques tropicales que históricamente han sido habitados por comunidades indígenas, según denuncia un informe difundido hoy en Londres que destaca, no obstante, los progresos hechos en Latinoamérica.

Penelitian: Secara Global Upaya Pengakuan Hak Lahan bagi Masyarakat Adat dan Lokal Melemah

Penelitian: Secara Global Upaya Pengakuan Hak Lahan bagi Masyarakat Adat dan Lokal Melemah

February 2014

 

Dalam sebuah penelitian yang baru saja dikeluarkan oleh Right and Resources Initiative (05/02/2014), disebutkan bahwa pengakuan hak legal atas tanah dan sumberdaya alam oleh masyarakat adat dan lokal secara dramatis berkurang secara global.

Time to put people before land profits

Time to put people before land profits

February 2014

 

At the end of last October, Elisa Lascoña Tulid was shot at point blank range in front of her husband and four-year-old daughter. She died as the result of retaliation for daring to defend the rights of her people to the lands where they live and farm in the Philippines’ Quezon Province. Her story was not unique in 2013, nor was it limited to the Philippines. In Thailand, assassins reportedly killed Prajob Nao-opas after he demanded a clean-up of dangerous industrial toxins that were polluting farming communities in Chachoengsao Province. In Colombia, gunmen killed Adelinda Gómez Gaviria, who led a campaign against a gold mine that was damaging her community’s farmland. Pedro César García Moreno, another Colombian leader, was shot, likely for his role in resisting yet another mining operation.

Forest Tenure Shifts to Communities as Governments Stay Dominant

Forest Tenure Shifts to Communities as Governments Stay Dominant

February 2014

 

Forest tenure has shifted toward local communities and indigenous people over the past decade, led by Brazil, even as most of the world’s forests remain under government control, a coalition of advocacy groups said.

Slowdown Reported on Indigenous Rights

Slowdown Reported on Indigenous Rights

February 2014

 

Two new reports say there’s been a dramatic slowdown in recognizing the rights of indigenous people to tropical forest land and resources. The Rights and Resources Initiative says it’s happening despite favorable court rulings and statements by corporations and governments.

After Slowdown, Global Fight for Land Rights at Tipping Point

After Slowdown, Global Fight for Land Rights at Tipping Point

February 2014

 

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Global trends towards a strengthening of legal rights over land for local and indigenous communities appear to have slowed significantly in recent years, leading some analysts to warn that the fight for local control over forests has reached an inflection point with a new danger of backtracking on previous progress.

After Slowdown, Global Fight for Land Rights at Tipping Point

After Slowdown, Global Fight for Land Rights at Tipping Point

February 2014

 

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Global trends towards a strengthening of legal rights over land for local and indigenous communities appear to have slowed significantly in recent years, leading some analysts to warn that the fight for local control over forests has reached an inflection point with a new danger of backtracking on previous progress.

Kenya’s Scorched Earth Removal of Forest’s Indigenous

Kenya’s Scorched Earth Removal of Forest’s Indigenous

January 2014

 

NAIROBI, Jan 24 2014 (IPS) - Kenyan government security forces are forcefully evicting thousands of people, including the indigenous Sengwer tribe, from the Embobut forest in western Kenya by burning homes and possessions in an effort to promote forest conservation, safeguard urban water access and “remove squatters”.

Large Landholders Scrutinized in Tanzania

Large Landholders Scrutinized in Tanzania

January 2014

 

Tanzania is calling on owners of large swaths of unused lands to disclose their plans for developing them, and those that do not offer adequate explanations risk having their lands repossessed by authorities. This could be an attempt to curb the large-scale land acquisitions that are sweeping the country, many of which are left unattended for years so that they can be sold at a higher price. These “land grabs” are displacing small farmers and Indigenous Peoples and threatening the social stability of the country. In 2011, the Land Rights Research and Resources Institute estimated that 1,095 out of 1,825 land disputes in Tanzania involved large-scale land investments.

Satyagraha: New Film Highlights Environmental Damage Wrought By Illegal Mining In India

Satyagraha: New Film Highlights Environmental Damage Wrought By Illegal Mining In India

January 2014

 

The problem of environmental and ecological degradation caused by excessive illegal mining in the Ganges River basin in India will be highlighted in a new documentary made by an American filmmaker named Lisa Sabina Harney. “Satyagraha,” which will debut at the Delhi International Film Festival on Tuesday, focuses on the plight of Swami Nigamananda, the Hindu priest who died in 2011 after fasting for four months as a protest against the pollution of the Ganges by unauthorized mining and stone-crushing on its riverbed. He had waged his battle against mining activities for 15 years.

The is on for Farmers

The is on for Farmers

Innovation needs to now move from the laboratory to the laborers

November 2013

 

Ongoing extreme weather shocks are threatening global food security: Agricultural harvests are now more prone to drastic variations in size, making food prices increasingly volatile, warn experts.

Risk calculation and blood sugar – Can CSR arguments get a handle on the global land-rush?

Risk calculation and blood sugar – Can CSR arguments get a handle on the global land-rush?

November 2013

 

The nearly 18 months that have passed since David Pred wrote in this blog about industrial sugarcane production and land-grabbing in Cambodia have been dramatic ones in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

A exploração econômica e os conflitos em terras indígenas

A exploração econômica e os conflitos em terras indígenas

November 2013

 

Londres - Um de cada três hectares que governos da América Latina, África e Ásia concedem à exploração mineradora, agrícola-industrial ou florestal se encontra em terras de comunidades indígenas. O projeto Munden, da organização internacional Direitos e Recursos, analisou cerca de 153 milhões de hectares em concessão, em um total de 12 países, cinco da América Latina (Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colômbia e Peru), três da África (Cameron, Libéria e Moçambique) e quatro da Ásia (Camboja, Indonésia, Malásia, e Filipinas). A Carta Maior conversou com a consultora legal de Direitos e Recursos, a advogada brasileira Fernanda Almeida, sobre como é a situação concretamente no Brasil.

Hektare Lahan Adat Tumpang Tindih dengan Sawit

Hektare Lahan Adat Tumpang Tindih dengan Sawit

November 2013

 

JAKARTA- Sedikitnya 56.102 hektare lahan adat di Kalimantan mengalami tumpang-tindih dengan konsesi perkebunan kelapa sawit. Masalah itu akhirnya menimbulkan konflik lahan.

Oxfam America: Land conflicts will burn you, big ag (Or… The business case for respecting land rights in the developing world)

Oxfam America: Land conflicts will burn you, big ag (Or… The business case for respecting land rights in the developing world)

November 2013

 

Access to land has become a critical front in the long-running battles between big business and local communities. Land conflicts are nothing new (extractive industries, big infrastructure projects), but they pose a novel and growing risk to those commodity speculators, land investors, and big ag companies fueling the most recent “land rush.” According to the IMF, much of the arable land targeted by these investors sits in weakly governed countries that have poorly-titled land and multiple claimants. Traditionally that needn’t have concerned unscrupulous companies or investors, but today it poses a serious business risk.

Ce que cache la disparition d’un militant des droits de l’homme au Laos

Ce que cache la disparition d’un militant des droits de l’homme au Laos

October 2013

 

Anne-Sophie Gindroz, ancienne directrice d’Helvetas au Laos, décrit le climat effrayant qui règne dans ce pays qui brade ses ressources aux compagnies étrangères et fait taire toute contestation

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (German): Laotischen Fischern wird ihr Land genommen

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (German): Laotischen Fischern wird ihr Land genommen

October 2013

 

Der Bau des Xayaburi-Damms in Laos bedroht die Lebensgrundlage von unzähligen Fischern und Bauern im Mekongdelta. Die Regierung zwingt die lokale Bevölkerung nahe dem Kraftwerk ohne vorherige Anhörung zur Umsiedlung. Entschädigt werden die Menschen nur wenig.

Indian illegal mining investigation ends without explanation

Indian illegal mining investigation ends without explanation

October 2013

 

A major investigation into India's illegal mining practices that led to the arrests of public officials for corruption was wound up last week without explanation, sparking concern about the extent of government complicity in illegal activities.

India Illegal Mining Enquiry Cut Short

India Illegal Mining Enquiry Cut Short

October 2013

 

NEW DELHI, Oct 23 2013 (IPS) - A nationwide enquiry into illegal mining in India was aborted before it completed its investigation into the failings of the country’s mining industry. The study had prompted the government to ban mining in two states and arrest high-ranking politicians.

Indien: Untersuchung über illegalen Bergbau gestoppt - Unternehmen zwingen Regierung in die Knie

Indien: Untersuchung über illegalen Bergbau gestoppt - Unternehmen zwingen Regierung in die Knie

October 2013

 

Neu-Delhi, 25. Oktober (IPS) - In Indien hat die Regierung eine landesweite Untersuchung illegaler Bergbauaktivitäten abgebrochen, die bereits zu einem Verbot solcher Operationen in zwei Bundesstaaten und zur Festnahme hochrangiger Politiker führten.

Indian illegal mining investigation ends without explanation

Indian illegal mining investigation ends without explanation

Abrupt halt to investigations sparks concern over extent of corruption uncovered in India's mining sector

October 2013

 

A major investigation into India's illegal mining practices that led to the arrests of public officials for corruption was wound up last week without explanation, sparking concern about the extent of government complicity in illegal activities.

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

October 2013

 

Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities.

Prakritik Srotma Janata Ko Adhikar

Prakritik Srotma Janata Ko Adhikar

October 2013

 

An interview with RRI's Executiive Director, Arvind Khare for Nepalese Newspaper, Annapurna Post National Daily, and with RRI's Asia Regional Facilitator, Ganga Ram Dahal.

BBC Mundo: La lucha por la tierra: multinacionales vs. pueblos indígenas

BBC Mundo: La lucha por la tierra: multinacionales vs. pueblos indígenas

October 2013

 

El Proyecto Munden, comisionado por la organización global Derechos y Recursos, analizó unas 153 millones de hectáreas en concesión en 12 países y halló que el 31% de esa superficie se encontraba en territorio indígena.

FCMC engages in global conference on 'Scaling Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights'

FCMC engages in global conference on "Scaling Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights"

October 2013

 

From September 18-20, 2013, Dr. Janis Alcorn, FCMC´s Social and Environmental Deputy Task Lead, joined 180 participants from 40 countries to analyze opportunities for advancing five critical strategies of community land and resource rights: 1) coordinate global efforts to map and document community lands; 2) legally recognize and advance rights to land; 3) leverage private sector interests in securing these rights; 4) prioritize the intersection of conservation and community lands; and 5) establish these rights as a global priority. Participants met in Interlaken, Switzerland, and included representation from indigenous and other local community leaders, the corporate and financial sectors, civil society and non-governmental organizations, donor agencies and national governments.

Institute Carbono Brasil: Iniciativas tentam mostrar os custos econômicos dos danos ambientais e climáticos

Institute Carbono Brasil: Iniciativas tentam mostrar os custos econômicos dos danos ambientais e climáticos

September 2013

 

Três novos trabalhos buscam chamar atenção da sociedade e dos governos para os prejuízos resultantes das perdas de ecossistemas, dos conflitos por terras e das mudanças climáticas

The Irrawaddy: Resource Rights Groups Call for Doubling of Community-Controlled Land

The Irrawaddy: Resource Rights Groups Call for Doubling of Community-Controlled Land

September 2013

 

LONDON — A group of international organizations working on rights linked to natural resources has called for the amount of land recognized as owned or managed by indigenous peoples and communities globally to be doubled by 2018, a goal that will also require better cataloguing of land tenure.

All Africa - Africa: Resource Rights Groups Call for Doubling of Community-Controlled Land

All Africa - Africa: Resource Rights Groups Call for Doubling of Community-Controlled Land

September 2013

 

A group of international organisations working on rights linked to natural resources has called for the amount of land recognised as owned or managed by indigenous peoples and communities to be doubled by 2018, a goal that will also require better cataloguing of land tenure.

IPS: Making Local People Stewards of the Earth

IPS: Making Local People Stewards of the Earth

September 2013

 

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, Sep 23 2013 (IPS) - The lack of land rights is a crisis not just for local people but for all of humanity, warned organisers at an international conference here.

Mongabay: Investors risk billions by overlooking potential land conflicts, study shows

Mongabay: Investors risk billions by overlooking potential land conflicts, study shows

September 2013

 

Land conflicts pose a serious – and often overlooked – risk to development projects in emerging market economies, warns a new report. Indigenous communities have claims to nearly one third of all land granted in commercial land concessions in 12 countries analyzed in the study, a situation that has led to numerous preventable conflicts and could jeopardize the financial viability of investments in the mining, agricultural and forestry sectors in Africa, Asia and South America.

Taipei Times: Communities’ land deals disputes pose risk for companies

Taipei Times: Communities’ land deals disputes pose risk for companies

September 2013

 

A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

India Blooms: Industrial concession zones encroach on rights: Report

India Blooms: Industrial concession zones encroach on rights: Report

September 2013

 

Interlaken (Switzerland), Sept 20 (IBNS): At least one out of every three hectares licensed for commercial exploitation in emerging market economies (EMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America is overlapped by indigenous community land, a report has found.

Reuters AlertNet: Resource rights groups call for doubling of community-controlled land

Reuters AlertNet: Resource rights groups call for doubling of community-controlled land

September 2013

 

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of international organisations working on rights linked to natural resources has called for the amount of land recognised as owned or managed by indigenous peoples and communities to be doubled by 2018, a goal that will also require better cataloguing of land tenure.

Mongabay Indonesia (in Bahasa): Laporan 31 konsesi perusahaan di afrika asia dan amerika latin caplok lahan masyarakat/

Mongabay Indonesia (in Bahasa): Laporan 31 konsesi perusahaan di afrika asia dan amerika latin caplok lahan masyarakat/

September 2013

 

Analisis data dari 12 negara ini juga menghitung potensi penurunan finansial dampak konflik tumpang tindih lahan. Ke depan, penelitian ini dapat menjadi acuan bagi pemodal maupun asuransi dalam mengevaluasi risiko kepemilikan lahan mereka.

Radio France Internationale: Les conflits fonciers en Afrique au cœur des journées d’Interlaken

Radio France Internationale: Les conflits fonciers en Afrique au cœur des journées d’Interlaken

September 2013

 

Ministres africains ou latino-américains, représentants d'ONG et de grandes entreprises sont rassemblés depuis hier et aujourd'hui encore à Interlaken, en Suisse. Les organisateurs parlent d'une réunion pas comme les autres. L'objectif c'est de faire bouger les lignes, de pousser les Etats, africains en particulier, à bouleverser la donne foncière, surtout dans les zones rurales.

Zeitpunkt (in German): Helvetas fordert stärkere Landrechte für Indigene

Zeitpunkt (in German): Helvetas fordert stärkere Landrechte für Indigene

September 2013

 

An einer internationalen Konferenz in Interlaken fordert Helvetas von Konzernen und Staaten, Landrechte für die Menschen in Entwicklungsländern besser zu respektieren. Heute sind die Lebensgrundlagen von rund zwei Milliarden Menschen bedroht, weil Ackerflächen und Wälder zum Beispiel von ausländischen Investoren aufgekauft werden („Landgrabbing“).

InterPress Servive/Euroxpress: Principio de diálogo entre corporaciones y pueblos comunales

InterPress Servive/Euroxpress: Principio de diálogo entre corporaciones y pueblos comunales

September 2013

 

Interlaken, Suiza, (IPS) - Los derechos de las poblaciones de las tierras comunales en el mundo y sus derechos sobre los recursos naturales han merecido la inesperada atención de un grupo heterogéneo en el que se encontraban dos transnacionales de la minería y la agroindustria, pueblos indígenas, gobiernos, sociedad civil, ecologistas y especialistas en medioambiente.

Bloomberg: One Word May Save Indonesia’s Forests

Bloomberg: One Word May Save Indonesia’s Forests

September 2013

 

On May 16, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court deleted the word “state” from this clause: “Customary forests are state forests located in the areas of custom-based communities.” That one adjustment denied the government ownership of forests on the lands of the nation’s indigenous people. By returning the forests to their traditional stewards, the court’s ruling could come close to turning off Indonesia’s greenhouse-gas spigot. Yet more work is needed.

Huffington Post: Companies face global risks in land claims disputes

Huffington Post: Companies face global risks in land claims disputes

September 2013

 

GENEVA — A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. The study for the U.S.-based Rights and Resources Initiative highlights a topic being studied by the World Bank, development organizations and other participants from 40 countries at a conference that began Thursday in Interlaken, Switzerland.

ABC News: Companies Face Global Risks in Land Claim Disputes

ABC News: Companies Face Global Risks in Land Claim Disputes

September 2013

 

A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. The study for the U.S.-based Rights and Resources Initiative highlights a topic being studied by the World Bank, development organizations and other participants from 40 countries at a conference that began Thursday in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Reuters AlertNet: The land should feed the people first (Opinion)

Reuters AlertNet: The land should feed the people first (Opinion)

September 2013

 

Large multinational corporations are swooping into Laos and other “underdeveloped” countries to acquire the land—or the rights to the resources that the land holds—from the local, regional and national governments. In many countries, the land’s potential has great value for large-scale agriculture or mining operations, for the timber in the rainforests that have grown there for hundreds of years, and governments are practically giving away this potential in the name of economic development.

Deutsche Welle (in Portuguese): Um terço de terras de exploração em países emergentes afeta áreas indígenas

Deutsche Welle (in Portuguese): Um terço de terras de exploração em países emergentes afeta áreas indígenas

September 2013

 

The paper proposes an analysis of the market, but raises controversial issues. The research attempts to create models to assess the risk of investment in rural areas of 12 developing countries, with an emphasis on land conflicts. The report warns that companies who ignored demarcation disputes between local communities experienced operations costs increases by up to 29 times the initial costs.

Agence France-Presse: Achats de terres et droits humains: concessions à hauts risques

Agence France-Presse: Achats de terres et droits humains: concessions à hauts risques

September 2013

 

PARIS(AFP) -: Un tiers des concessions agricoles cedees aux investisseurs etrangers dans le monde empietent sur les terres de communautes locales ou autochtones, posant un vrai risque financier en plus d'une violation des droits humains, selon une étude du cabinet de consultants Munden Project.

Al Jazeera: Is natural resource development a blessing, a 'quick-fix,' or a curse?

Al Jazeera: Is natural resource development a blessing, a 'quick-fix,' or a curse?

September 2013

 

Opinion piece by James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on the eve of the International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights.

Bloomberg News: Land Concessions Found Having 31% Overlap With Local Territories

Bloomberg News: Land Concessions Found Having 31% Overlap With Local Territories

September 2013

 

Land-use concessions on three continents were found to have at least 31 percent overlap with territory claimed by local users, creating risk for investors, according to an analysis by consultancy Munden Project.

The Washington Post: Study: Companies face global risks in land claim disputes in Africa, Asia, South America

The Washington Post: Study: Companies face global risks in land claim disputes in Africa, Asia, South America

September 2013

 

GENEVA — A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Associated Press: Companies Face Global Risks in Land Claim Disputes

Associated Press: Companies Face Global Risks in Land Claim Disputes

September 2013

 

GENEVA (AP) — A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

The Economic Times/Times of India: Companies face global risks in land claim disputes

The Economic Times/Times of India: Companies face global risks in land claim disputes

September 2013

 

GENEVA: A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Reuters AlertNet: Indigenous rights affect a third of land in emerging-economy deals - study

Reuters AlertNet: Indigenous rights affect a third of land in emerging-economy deals - study

September 2013

 

LONDON - At least one out of every three hectares of land licensed for commercial exploitation in emerging economies overlaps with land to which indigenous communities have a claim, according to a study of 12 countries released on Thursday, highlighting the importance of potential land rights disputes in business deals.

World Agroforestry Centre Blog: Yurdi Yasmi asks why rights are important for forest-dependent people

World Agroforestry Centre Blog: Yurdi Yasmi asks why rights are important for forest-dependent people

September 2013

 

After four decades of social movement and community forestry programs in the Asia-Pacific region, it is about time to ask a simple and yet critical question: will forests in the region ever provide sufficient and tangible benefits to local people?

AllAfrica: Liberia: Agriculture Gets Too Little Funding

AllAfrica: Liberia: Agriculture Gets Too Little Funding

September 2013

 

ReliefWeb: Liberian government spending too little on agriculture

ReliefWeb: Liberian government spending too little on agriculture

September 2013

 

Business Ghana: Southeast Asian Human Rights Institutions and civil society organisations adopt Montien Resolution

Business Ghana: Southeast Asian Human Rights Institutions and civil society organisations adopt Montien Resolution

September 2013

 

Antara News: Indonesia World Conference on Participatory Mapping t

Antara News: Indonesia World Conference on Participatory Mapping t

August 2013

 

The Alliance of Indigenous People (AMAN), has organized a Global Conference on Participatory Mapping of Indigenous Territory, which will take place on August 25-28, 2013 in Samosir, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The global land grab

The global land grab

August 2013

 

Rising demand for agricultural commodities has led to a ‘land grab’ in some of the world’s poorest countries. IBA Global Insight assesses the legal implications and the prospects for the developing world.

From Mexico, Global Lessons for Forest Governance

From Mexico, Global Lessons for Forest Governance

June 2013

 

The article examines the role of various stakeholders in conserving forests, with a particular focus on Mexico and its successes and challenges in forest governance.

The Independent: Unwanted Investors

The Independent: Unwanted Investors

June 2013

 

The Equation: Transferring Forest Land to Communities Helps Reduce Deforestation – and Can Help Government Budgets Too

The Equation: Transferring Forest Land to Communities Helps Reduce Deforestation – and Can Help Government Budgets Too

June 2013

 

Liberian Land Commission Completes National Land Rights Policy

Liberian Land Commission Completes National Land Rights Policy

June 2013

 

At a two-day conference convened in Monrovia, Liberia, from 20-21 May 2013, the Liberian Land Commission presented a draft land rights policy to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Reuters: Farmers need stronger rights and incentives to preserve trees on farms in Africa: study

Reuters: Farmers need stronger rights and incentives to preserve trees on farms in Africa: study

May 2013

 

The article examines how ownership of lands provide greater incentives to preserve trees on farms.

The Green Pages: Farmers need stronger rights and incentives to preserve trees on farms in Africa: study

The Green Pages: Farmers need stronger rights and incentives to preserve trees on farms in Africa: study

May 2013

 

The article examines how ownership of lands provide greater incentives to preserve trees on farms.

Inicia en Oaxaca Seminario Internacional de Líderes Forestales

Inicia en Oaxaca Seminario Internacional de Líderes Forestales

May 2013

 

The article covers the international "Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders" seminar co-organized by the Rights & Resources Initiative, the National Forestry Commission of Mexico, & MegaFlorestais.

How land grabs hurt Africa

How land grabs hurt Africa

May 2013

 

The article investigates how land grabbing by private and foreign companies has hurt rural communities across Africa.

Cameroon hopes EU timber labelling can protect forests

Cameroon hopes EU timber labelling can protect forests

May 2013

 

Cameroon's government has introduced a new timber mark to indicate whether timber destined to European markets were legally extracted.

Land grabbing in Laos and Cambodia breach human rights

Land grabbing in Laos and Cambodia breach human rights

May 2013

 

The articles highlights the ongoing land grabbing conflict in Laos and Cambodia between Vietnamese rubber companies and local communities living on the area. The Deutsche Bank and the International Finance Corporation, the financial arm of the World Bank, are alleged to be "bankrolling" HAGL and VRG, the Vietnamese rubber companies.

Peru is backtracking on indigenous rights says report

Peru is backtracking on indigenous rights says report

May 2013

 

The Peruvian government is striving to get mining projects off the ground at the expense of local communities, according to a report this week by Reuters.

The New Internationalist: The Smallholders' Last Stand

The New Internationalist: The Smallholders' Last Stand

May 2013

 

Hazel Healy, co-editor of the New Internationalist Magazine, describes her visit to Mozambique and the dire effects land grabs has had on the local population. She dispels any notion that big business has "fed Africa."

AllAfrica: African Governments Recognise Land Rights but Promote Landgrabbing

AllAfrica: African Governments Recognise Land Rights but Promote Landgrabbing

April 2013

 

Bordered by a rubber plantation in the west, a forestry plantation in the east and a palm oil farm in the south, the 18 local communities that live in Ocean Division, southern Cameroon, have had an uphill struggle for the rights to their land. In 2008, the government leased much of their forestland, about 47,000 hectares, to international company United Forest Cameroon.

IPS: Come Grab Our Land

IPS: Come Grab Our Land

April 2013

 

Bordered by a rubber plantation in the west, a forestry plantation in the east and a palm oil farm in the south, the 18 local communities that live in Ocean Division, southern Cameroon, have had an uphill struggle for the rights to their land.

United Press International (in Spanish): Colombia expuesta a sanciones por no cumplir normas ambientales

United Press International (in Spanish): Colombia expuesta a sanciones por no cumplir normas ambientales

April 2013

 

Tres ONGs, Rights and Resources Initiative, Forest People Programm y Ambiente y Sociedad denunciaron que "Colombia está expuesta a una sanción internacional".

Elespectador.com (in Spanish): “Colombia está expuesta a una sanción internacional'

Elespectador.com (in Spanish): “Colombia está expuesta a una sanción internacional"

April 2013

 

En el país se han otorgado 2.331 licencias ambientales y sólo se han hecho 156 consultas previas.

ThinkAfricaPress: Who Owns the Land? Cameroon's Large-Scale Land-Grabs

ThinkAfricaPress: Who Owns the Land? Cameroon's Large-Scale Land-Grabs

April 2013

 

As part of a trend that is accelerating across Africa, thousands of Cameroonians have been displaced from their homelands to make way for large-scale agribusiness projects. Ntaryike Divine Jr. reports from Douala, Cameroon.

AllAfrica: Cameroon: Who Owns the Land? Cameroon's Large-Scale Land-Grabs

AllAfrica: Cameroon: Who Owns the Land? Cameroon's Large-Scale Land-Grabs

April 2013

 

Findings from research released in March by Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) indicate that over 10 million of Cameroon's estimated 22 million hectares of forest lands have already been committed to various concessions, and that some $18 billion has been pipelined for investment in the agribusiness, forestry, mining and infrastructure sectors in Cameroon. Source: ThinkAfricaPress

Cameroon Online:  ‘Quick-fix’ development gives away more than it gets back

Cameroon Online: ‘Quick-fix’ development gives away more than it gets back

April 2013

 

Rather than giving away land and resources to companies to the detriment of their citizens, African governments – Cameroon included – must respect the rights of citizens and let them negotiate with investors on their own terms. And the companies themselves should be asking who owns the land they obtain on such good terms. (Source: Al Jazeera)

Voice of America:  Growing Pressure for Land Reform in Cameroon

Voice of America: Growing Pressure for Land Reform in Cameroon

April 2013

 

DOUALA, CAMEROON — The village of Adjap is on the fringes of the tropical rainforests of Cameroon’s South Region. It is home to some 2,000 inhabitants who say they are living life on the edge. (Article and Audio Report)

Al Jazeera: 'Quick-fix' development gives away more than it gets back

Al Jazeera: 'Quick-fix' development gives away more than it gets back

April 2013

 

In Cameroon, as in many African countries, the question of economic development is not just an abstract concept. Rural communities, mostly consisting of subsistence farmers struggling to feed their families, welcome the possibility of brighter prospects, RRI Partner CED's Samuel Nguiffo writes in this Op-Ed for Al Jazeera.

AlertNet: Q+A: Forest-tenure reform advances, but questions remain

AlertNet: Q+A: Forest-tenure reform advances, but questions remain

April 2013

 

As part of a research project on equity and livelihoods in community forestry, Larson and other researchers compared case studies from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Instituto Carbono Brasil: Nova ferramenta permite acompanhar investimentos em REDD

Instituto Carbono Brasil: Nova ferramenta permite acompanhar investimentos em REDD

April 2013

 

Mais de US$ 7,3 bilhões foram prometidos para auxiliar na preparação para as atividades de REDD+ até 2015, com US$ 4,3 bilhões anunciados para o período entre 2010 e 2012.

Green Pages: Q+A: Forest-tenure reform advances, but questions remain

Green Pages: Q+A: Forest-tenure reform advances, but questions remain

April 2013

 

LIMA, Peru (10 April, 2013) – In the past three decades, at least 200 million hectares of forest have been legally transferred to local communities or indigenous people. As a result, communities now own or manage slightly more than 11 percent of the world’s forests – and the figure is 22 percent in developing countries.

IPS: India Undercuts Tribal Rights

IPS: India Undercuts Tribal Rights

April 2013

 

Over a decade ago, the Dongria Kondh tribe – tucked away in the Niyamgiri hills, a mountain range in the eastern Indian state of Orissa – found itself under attack. For centuries the tribe had lived peacefully in the hills, worshipping the sacred ‘mountain of law’ and protecting the forests surrounding it. But when the London-based Vedanta Resources mining conglomerate discovered a rich deposit of bauxite atop the same mountain, the community found their ancient land suddenly up for grabs.

IRIN: Balancing conservation and people's access to land

IRIN: Balancing conservation and people's access to land

April 2013

 

In the great plains of northern Tanzania, close to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, a bitter row has broken out over an attempt to designate 1,500sqkm of Loliondo District as a game-controlled area.

Time: In India, Development Fuels Disputes Over Land

Time: In India, Development Fuels Disputes Over Land

April 2013

 

A report released in December predicts a major rise in similar conflicts all over India by local communities in the coming decade in protest of landgrab. The report, prepared by the Washington-based Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development, blames India’s government agencies and private investors for the growing spate of clashes.

The Guatemala Times: Group Warns of 'Natural Resources Giveaway' in Latin America

The Guatemala Times: Group Warns of "Natural Resources Giveaway" in Latin America

April 2013

 

Researchers have unveiled new data warning that movements in Latin America are infringing on the rights of their indigenous populations in a bid to fuel development through the extraction of natural resources.

Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections: Resources Giveaway in Latin America Returning

Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections: Resources Giveaway in Latin America Returning

April 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development-while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogota this week.

PRESSTV: Are African countries giving away too much land at the expense of their people?

PRESSTV: Are African countries giving away too much land at the expense of their people?

April 2013

 

The international NGO Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released two reports, examining land transactions in West and Central Africa, which have implications for what is happening across the continent.

El Nuevo Siglo: Consultas previas, poco usadas

El Nuevo Siglo: Consultas previas, poco usadas

April 2013

 

Una baja utilización del mecanismo de la consulta previa en Colombia lo que podría llevar a sanciones internacionales, advirtieron organizaciones no gubernamentales internacionales. Según las ONG, en los últimos 10 años en el país se han otorgado 2.331 licencias ambientales y sólo se han hecho 156 consultas previas.

BusinessMirror: Group warns Latin America of 'natural resources giveaway'

BusinessMirror: Group warns Latin America of 'natural resources giveaway'

April 2013

 

Researchers have unveiled new data warning that governments in Latin America are infringing on the rights of their indigenous populations in a bid to fuel development through the extraction of natural resources.

Mining, People, and the Environment: Latin America under fire over mining drive

Mining, People, and the Environment: Latin America under fire over mining drive

April 2013

 

Governments across Latin America are using mining activities to fuel development, while ignoring the impact on the local environment and indigenous communities, says a recent study by Washington-based advocacy group Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

CameroonOnline: Cameroon’s forest dwellers lose out as land handed to developers

CameroonOnline: Cameroon’s forest dwellers lose out as land handed to developers

March 2013

 

Cameroon (Alertnet) – Forest dwellers forced off their land in southern Cameroon after it was leased to private companies have been allowed to return by the government, but many still fear for their livelihoods and the future of their homes.

AllAfrica: Cameroon: Forest Dwellers Lose Out as Land Handed to Developers

AllAfrica: Cameroon: Forest Dwellers Lose Out as Land Handed to Developers

March 2013

 

Kribi — Forest dwellers forced off their land in southern Cameroon after it was leased to private companies have been allowed to return by the government, but many still fear for their livelihoods and the future of their homes.

AlertNet: Cameroon's forest dwellers lose out as land handed to developers

AlertNet: Cameroon's forest dwellers lose out as land handed to developers

March 2013

 

Forest dwellers forced off their land in southern Cameroon after it was leased to private companies have been allowed to return by the government, but many still fear for their livelihoods and the future of their homes.

Inter Press Service: Group Warns of 'Natural Resources Giveaway' in Latin America

Inter Press Service: Group Warns of "Natural Resources Giveaway" in Latin America

March 2013

 

Researchers have unveiled new data warning that movements in Latin America are infringing on the rights of their indigenous populations in a bid to fuel development through the extraction of natural resources.

Independent European Daily Express: Group Warns of “Natural Resources Giveaway” in Latin America

Independent European Daily Express: Group Warns of “Natural Resources Giveaway” in Latin America

March 2013

 

WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (IPS) - Researchers have unveiled new data warning that governments in Latin America are infringing on the rights of their indigenous populations in a bid to fuel development through the extraction of natural resources.

BrightSurf.com: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America; Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

BrightSurf.com: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America; Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

March 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development—while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogotá this week.

Terra Daily: Resources giveaway in Latin America tramples human rights and environment

Terra Daily: Resources giveaway in Latin America tramples human rights and environment

March 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development-while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogota this week.

Mining.com: Latin American chooses mining investment over environment: report

Mining.com: Latin American chooses mining investment over environment: report

March 2013

 

Latin American governments are allowing destruction of forests, rivers and local communities in exchange for money from companies with ties to environmentally destructive industries, claims a regional study published by Washington-based advocacy group Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

Global Magazin (in German): Rohstoff-Boom auf Kosten der Menschen

Global Magazin (in German): Rohstoff-Boom auf Kosten der Menschen

March 2013

 

Eine neue Welle der Ausbeutung in Lateinamerika beklagen die Autoren einer aktuellen Studie. Sie stellten den Bericht jetzt beim 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change in Bogota vor. Der neue Run auf Bodenschätze wie Öl gehe zu Lasten der Umwelt und der Menschen – vor allem der indigenen Völker.

YubaNet: New Study Documents Natural Resources Giveaway in Latin America

YubaNet: New Study Documents Natural Resources Giveaway in Latin America

March 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development—while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogotá this week.

Phys.org: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America: Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

Phys.org: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America: Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

March 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel development—while paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogotá this week.

Bio-Medicine: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America: Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

Bio-Medicine: Study shows resources giveaway in Latin America: Outdated model tramples human rights, environment

March 2013

 

A new study reveals that governments in Latin America have returned to natural resources extraction to fuel developmentwhile paying scant attention to the impact mining, oil exploration and other activities have on the environment or on the people who own the land. The study, which reported on both domestic and international investments, was released at the 14th Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change bringing stakeholders and indigenous, Afro-descendant and rural community leaders from 13 nations to Bogota this week.

Nature World News: Latin American Governments Put Investment Over Environment, Study Shows

Nature World News: Latin American Governments Put Investment Over Environment, Study Shows

March 2013

 

Latin American governments are allowing destruction of forests, rivers and local communities in exchange for money from companies with ties to environmentally destructive industries, according to a new study of Latin American nations.

World Watch Blog: New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

World Watch Blog: New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

March 2013

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of groups working for the rights of rural people to access and use their local natural resources, recently released two reports on the state of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, also known as land grabs.

The Guardian Nigeria: African govts giving land away quickly, recognizing land rights slowly, says report

The Guardian Nigeria: African govts giving land away quickly, recognizing land rights slowly, says report

March 2013

 

WHILE African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change.

La Voix de l’Amérique (in French): Yaoundé acceuille une réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique

La Voix de l’Amérique (in French): Yaoundé acceuille une réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique

March 2013

 

A Yaoundé au Cameroun, réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique. A l’occasion de ce '' Dialogue régional de Yaoundé '', les experts ont fait valoir que les gouvernements africains se dessaisissent de vastes étendues de terres, tout en tardant à reconnaître les droits fonciers des populations locales et des communautés autochtones.

Global Awareness 101: AFRICA: Reports Reveal African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly. People Are Having To Defend Their Land Private Property Rights!

Global Awareness 101: AFRICA: Reports Reveal African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly. People Are Having To Defend Their Land Private Property Rights!

March 2013

 

Yaoundé, Cameroon — While African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change.

Nourishing the Planet: New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

Nourishing the Planet: New Reports Reveal the Human and Financial Costs of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

March 2013

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of groups working for the rights of rural people to access and use their local natural resources, recently released two reports on the state of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, also known as land grabs.

Média Terre: Les africains harmonisent leurs politiques en matière de gestion forestière et de changement climatique

Média Terre: Les africains harmonisent leurs politiques en matière de gestion forestière et de changement climatique

March 2013

 

La réunion du 13ème dialogue régional sur les forêts, la gouvernance et les changements climatiques en Afrique s'est tenue à Yaoundé au Cameroun du 05 au 07 mars 2013. Il a été question pour les participants venus d'Afrique centrale, de l'Ouest et du reste du continent de débattre sur le thème " Les forêts, la gouvernance et le changement climatique : harmoniser la tenure et les politiques liées aux ressources dans les paysages en mutations de l'Afrique centrale et de l'Ouest ".

Azo Clean Tech: Protected areas more effective at reducing deforestation than sustainable-use areas

Azo Clean Tech: Protected areas more effective at reducing deforestation than sustainable-use areas

March 2013

 

Strictly protected areas such as national parks and biological reserves have been more effective at reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than so-called sustainable-use areas that allow for controlled resource extraction, two University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have found.

Illegal-Logging.info: Protected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

Illegal-Logging.info: Protected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

March 2013

 

Strictly protected areas such as national parks and biological reserves have been more effective at reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than so-called sustainable-use areas that allow for controlled resource extraction, two University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have found.

Futurity: Strict ‘safe zones’ protect Brazilian rainforest

Futurity: Strict ‘safe zones’ protect Brazilian rainforest

March 2013

 

Designating strictly protected areas is more effective at reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than creating zones that allow for controlled removal of natural resources, experts say.

YubaNet: Portected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

YubaNet: Portected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

March 2013

 

Strictly protected areas such as national parks and biological reserves have been more effective at reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than so-called sustainable-use areas that allow for controlled resource extraction, two University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have found.

Carbon Based Climate Change: African governments giving land away quickly, recognizing land rights slowly

Carbon Based Climate Change: African governments giving land away quickly, recognizing land rights slowly

March 2013

 

While African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change.

University of Michigan: Protected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

University of Michigan: Protected Areas Successfully Prevent Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest

March 2013

 

Strictly protected areas such as national parks and biological reserves have been more effective at reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than so-called sustainable-use areas that allow for controlled resource extraction, two University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have found.

AllAfrica: African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly, Recognizing Land Rights Slowly

AllAfrica: African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly, Recognizing Land Rights Slowly

March 2013

 

While African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change.

Voix de l'Amérique: Yaoundé acceuille une réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique

Voix de l'Amérique: Yaoundé acceuille une réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique

March 2013

 

A Yaoundé au Cameroun, réunion d’experts sur la saisie de terres en Afrique. A l’occasion de ce '' Dialogue régional de Yaoundé '', les experts ont fait valoir que les gouvernements africains se dessaisissent de vastes étendues de terres, tout en tardant à reconnaître les droits fonciers des populations locales et des communautés autochtones.

Le Journal du Dialogue: Les experts demandent la reconnaissance des droits coutumiers

Le Journal du Dialogue: Les experts demandent la reconnaissance des droits coutumiers

March 2013

 

Le Journal du Dialogue comporte Trois questions à Paul De Wit, Un film pour sauver la culture Baka, Round up on 13th Dialogue, et parole aux acteurs.

Le Journal du Dialogue: Pleins feux sur les réformes de tenure foncière en Afrique Centrale et de l'Ouest

Le Journal du Dialogue: Pleins feux sur les réformes de tenure foncière en Afrique Centrale et de l'Ouest

March 2013

 

La reconnaissance des droits coutumiers des communautés au scanner.

The Guardian: Green activists face grave threat as death toll doubles in a decade

The Guardian: Green activists face grave threat as death toll doubles in a decade

February 2013

 

With activists killed in Brazil, Cambodia, the Philippines, and elsewhere, 2012 may have been the most violent year yet

Agence Congolaise de Presse: Tenue à Kinshasa d’un atelier national de validation de l’étude sur la gouvernance foncière en RDC

Agence Congolaise de Presse: Tenue à Kinshasa d’un atelier national de validation de l’étude sur la gouvernance foncière en RDC

February 2013

 

Le Conseil pour la défense environnementale par la légalité et la traçabilité (CODELT) organise, mardi et mercredi à Kinshasa, un atelier national de présentation et de validation du rapport sur le Cadre de l’analyse de la gouvernance foncière (CAGF), a annoncé lundi à l’ACP, le directeur exécutif de cette ONG, Me Augustin Mpoyi.

Agence France Presse: Investors trampling land rights risk bottom line: experts

Agence France Presse: Investors trampling land rights risk bottom line: experts

February 2013

 

Companies that invest in land and resources in emerging economies risk financial and public relations disasters if local inhabitants feel they are getting ripped off, consultants warned in a report last week.

Global Post: Investors who trample land rights risk bottom line: experts

Global Post: Investors who trample land rights risk bottom line: experts

February 2013

 

Companies that invest in land and resources in emerging economies risk financial and public relations disasters if local inhabitants feel they are getting ripped off, consultants warned in a report last week.

Agence France Presse: Investir dans les terres des autres, un pari à haut risque

Agence France Presse: Investir dans les terres des autres, un pari à haut risque

February 2013

 

Blocages de routes, émeutes aux portes, image écornée: les achats de terres peuvent tourner à la catastrophe pour les investisseurs quand les droits de propriétés des paysans sont bafoués, selon des travaux publiés mardi.

YubaNet: Global Land Grab Brings Significant Risk to Investors As Communities Respond to Economic Harm, Human Rights Abuses

YubaNet: Global Land Grab Brings Significant Risk to Investors As Communities Respond to Economic Harm, Human Rights Abuses

Myanmar is Latest Flashpoint in Alarming Trend

February 2013

 

Land conflicts continue to wreak havoc on economic development and human rights around the globe, threatening both the financial health of investors as well as the livelihoods of those who live on the land, according to two reports released today.

Bloomberg: Land Disputes Seen Raising Mining Companies’ Financial Risk

Bloomberg: Land Disputes Seen Raising Mining Companies’ Financial Risk

February 2013

 

Land-right disputes are creating financial risks for mining companies and investments including hydropower plants and palm-oil plantations, according to analysis by consultancy Munden Project.

New Agricultrualist: Ignoring land rights is an expensive mistake

New Agricultrualist: Ignoring land rights is an expensive mistake

February 2013

 

Companies that ignore issues of land tenure expose themselves to substantial, even extreme financial risks, according to a new report.

Dow Jones NewsWire: Companies to Lead Way on Responsible Land Investment as Risks Grow, Says Study

Dow Jones NewsWire: Companies to Lead Way on Responsible Land Investment as Risks Grow, Says Study

February 2013

 

Companies will likely take the lead in creating a more responsible culture for investment in land, as potential losses from projects which have gone astray and the reputational impact of involvement in "land grabs" are too great to ignore, the land tenure coalition Rights and Resources said Tuesday.

AlertNet: Land investors urged to respect local rights to avoid financial pain

AlertNet: Land investors urged to respect local rights to avoid financial pain

February 2013

 

Businesses involved in large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries should respect local land rights and consult communities affected by their deals if they want to protect their investments and avoid financial losses, experts said on Tuesday.

AllAfrica: Liberia: SCFF Seeks Calm in Butaw - Calls for Balance in Land Protests & Investment Loss

AllAfrica: Liberia: SCFF Seeks Calm in Butaw - Calls for Balance in Land Protests & Investment Loss

January 2013

 

There continues to be a whirlwind of agitation sweeping the coastal district of Butaw over the biggest investment Sinoe County has ever known since the civil conflict. In what is now proving to be a poorly thought out arrangement, the Indonesian company, Golden Veroleum acquired hundreds of hectares of enviable land space then voluntarily awarded by segments of the population of Butaw.

Le Figaro: Liberia: arrêtés pour avoir parler à l'AFP

Le Figaro: Liberia: arrêtés pour avoir parler à l'AFP

January 2013

 

Des paysans du Liberia, dont les terres ont été cédées par le gouvernement à une plantation indonésienne de palmiers à huile, ont été arrêtés pour avoir évoqué leur sort avec une journaliste de l'AFP, a indiqué leur avocat cité par l'ONG américaine Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

Global Post: Palm oil industry accused of land grabs in Liberia

Global Post: Palm oil industry accused of land grabs in Liberia

January 2013

 

Critics say the Liberian government has become an accomplice in destroying livelihoods and forcing residents from their homes.

Public Agenda Online: Trouble Still In Sinoe

Public Agenda Online: Trouble Still In Sinoe

January 2013

 

Although Golden Veroleum’s propaganda machinery is nearly succeeding to put the Liberian under the impression that all is well in Sinoe County, particularly in areas the company is operating, including Bataw and Kpayan districts, reports from the county are extremely disheartening and need robust intervention by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime.

Agence France Presse: Indian land bill no remedy for conflict: activists

Agence France Presse: Indian land bill no remedy for conflict: activists

January 2013

 

India's land acquisition bill which the Congress-led government hopes to pass this week will only set the stage for more conflict, land rights groups said on Tuesday.

The Times of India: Violent land conflicts increasing in India: Report

The Times of India: Violent land conflicts increasing in India: Report

January 2013

 

Land conflicts are no more limited to forest areas, neither are they confined to mining and infrastructure projects. Agri-business like jatropha, soya and palm; and renewable energy projects like wind power are likely to fuel massive conflicts over acquisition of 'common land' predicts a research report on land conflicts released recently.

Mail Today India: Land Buy Conflicts Set To Rise Across The Country

Mail Today India: Land Buy Conflicts Set To Rise Across The Country

January 2013

 

As many as 130 districts across India have witnessed land conflicts in the past two years. Land- related unrest is expected to rise over the next 15 years as over 11 million hectares of land would be required for various projects.

Gobar Times: Of land rights and land grab

Gobar Times: Of land rights and land grab

January 2013

 

Despite existing laws protecting tribals and forest dwellers, the rate at which their land is being taken over by business and development activities has accelerated since 2000, says a new study.

India Waterportal: Land grab is emerging as the country's most pressing development challenge - New research released at a conference organised by SPWD and RRI at New Delhi in December 2012

India Waterportal: Land grab is emerging as the country's most pressing development challenge - New research released at a conference organised by SPWD and RRI at New Delhi in December 2012

January 2013

 

Control over land and natural resources has recently become a subject of heated debate in India, and is, today, one of the central fault lines of Indian politics. New research released on December 18, 2012 on the eve of an international conference on land and forest rights by the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), New Delhi and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Washington predicts massive resource takeover spurring conflict in 130 districts of India. The research indicates that India is a leader among land-grabbing emerging nations. Not only are rights flouted at home but Indian firms risk some mistakes abroad.

AllAfrica: Liberia: Illegal Arrest, Detention in Sinoe

AllAfrica: Liberia: Illegal Arrest, Detention in Sinoe

January 2013

 

On Friday, December 14, 2012, three persons were allegedly arrested, flogged and detained at the Police station in Greenville for publicly opposing the operations of Golden Veroleum.

The Tribune India: ‘India among top land-grabbing nations’

The Tribune India: ‘India among top land-grabbing nations’

December 2012

 

The Right and Resources Initiative (RRI), a US-based organisation, and the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), a non-government organisation, have blamed the Indian government agencies and investors for the growing spate of violent clashes in the forest and tribal areas.

Radio Australia: Interview with RRI's Arvind Khare on landgrabs in India

Radio Australia: Interview with RRI's Arvind Khare on landgrabs in India

December 2012

 

In an interview with Radio Australia, RRI's Executive Director, Arvind Khare, says Indian investors have been isrespectful of human rights as they buy up land for commercial use in Africa

IANS: Violent land conflicts increasing in India: Report

IANS: Violent land conflicts increasing in India: Report

December 2012

 

Violent clashes in forest and tribal areas in India have been increasing due to brazen takeover of community-owned lands by the government and investors, according to a research released Monday.

Down To Earth: Land unrest set to increase in India: study

Down To Earth: Land unrest set to increase in India: study

December 2012

 

A new RRI study recommends enforcement and strengthening of laws that protect land rights of tribals and forest dwellers.

Down To Earth: India Inc. involved in land grab abroad too, says international non-profit

Down To Earth: India Inc. involved in land grab abroad too, says international non-profit

December 2012

 

Companies acquired prime agricultural land in countries suffering high levels of hunger to grow crops for export

Truthdive: India can expect rising civil unrest as result of massive land grab by investors for commercial projects

Truthdive: India can expect rising civil unrest as result of massive land grab by investors for commercial projects

December 2012

 

New research has blamed Indian government agencies and investors for a growing spate of violent clashes in the nation’s forest and tribal areas.

India Blooms: India joins land-grabbing league, says RRI

India Blooms: India joins land-grabbing league, says RRI

December 2012

 

A new research by a global coalition of forest rights groups released Monday here on the eve of an international conference on land and forest rights, blames India’s government agencies and investors for a growing spate of violent clashes in the nation’s forest and tribal areas.

Future Challenges: Rights and Resources in Global Mining - An Interview with Andy White

Future Challenges: Rights and Resources in Global Mining - An Interview with Andy White

October 2012

 

This is the transcript of an interview between Future Challenges Regional Editor Lourdes Gomez and Andy White, the Director of Washington-based Rights and Resources Initiative. It’s part of our Lead Article “A Zero-Sum Game?” The article deals with the following question: Rapid globalisation makes competition for land, raw materials and other resources intense. When the stakes are so high, can rural, indigenous peoples and urban, industrialised communities both benefit from resource extraction? Or is this situation a zero-sum game?

Future Challenges: A Zero-Sum Game?

Future Challenges: A Zero-Sum Game?

October 2012

 

Rapid globalization makes competition for land, raw materials and other resources intense. When the stakes are so high, can rural, indigenous peoples and urban, industrialized communities both benefit from resource extraction? Or is this situation a zero-sum game?

The Huffington Post (in Spanish): Equidad de género y pueblos originarios

The Huffington Post (in Spanish): Equidad de género y pueblos originarios

October 2012

 

Las reivindicaciones de los pueblos originarios y afrodescendientes en América Latina han cobrado mucha relevancia en los últimos años, incluyen las demandas sobre legalización de tierras comunitarias, reconocimiento de prácticas consuetudinarias para el manejo de recursos, luchas por los derechos humanos y derechos culturales, entre otros.

ContraPunto (in Spanish): Equidad de género y pueblos originarios

ContraPunto (in Spanish): Equidad de género y pueblos originarios

October 2012

 

Las reivindicaciones de los pueblos originarios y afrodescendientes en América Latina han cobrado mucha relevancia en los últimos años, incluyen las demandas sobre legalización de tierras comunitarias, reconocimiento de prácticas consuetudinarias para el manejo de recursos, luchas por los derechos humanos y derechos culturales, entre otros.

L'Observateur (in French): Gestion communautaire des forêts : Les Africaines défendent leurs droits

L'Observateur (in French): Gestion communautaire des forêts : Les Africaines défendent leurs droits

October 2012

 

Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de son plan stratégique 2011-2015, le Réseau des femmes africaines pour la gestion communautaire des forêts (REFACOF) organise du 9 au 14 octobre 2012 un atelier sous le thème «Genre et les tenures foncière et forestière en Afrique».

AllAfrica: Liberian Farmers Attribute Climate Change to Govt. Concession Policies

AllAfrica: Liberian Farmers Attribute Climate Change to Govt. Concession Policies

October 2012

 

Participants at workshop organized by Green Advocates with funding from RRI discuss elitist-led massive land grabbing by foreign concessionaires.

UN University: Land use, climate change adaptation and indigenous peoples

UN University: Land use, climate change adaptation and indigenous peoples

October 2012

 

For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land.

Common Breath Media: Women’s Inequality in Asia Affecting Climate & Poverty Goals

Common Breath Media: Women’s Inequality in Asia Affecting Climate & Poverty Goals

October 2012

 

A recent published report details the urgent need within the nations of Asia to deliver social equality to women to help reach sweeping goals combating climate change and poverty.

IRIN: NEPAL: Community forest value untapped

IRIN: NEPAL: Community forest value untapped

September 2012

 

Government oversight is preventing local communities from reaping economic benefits from forests they have spent decades re-generating, activists say.

Territorios seguros para las comunidades del Perú

Territorios seguros para las comunidades del Perú

September 2012

 

La deforestación del continente africano

La deforestación del continente africano

September 2012

 

Del tráfico de caucho marfileño a la exportación de carbón somalí, los bosques africanos se enfrentan a un expolio que amenaza la supervivencia de sus comunidades locales

The people of Asia facing common crises, experts say

The people of Asia facing common crises, experts say

September 2012

 

People in Laos and the other countries of the Asian sub-regions have numerous common problems to confront, which will be raised for discussion at the upcoming 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF-9) to be held in Vientiane.

CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter

CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter

August 2012

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative’s 2011-2012 annual review on the state of rights and resources, Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order? takes stock of the current status of forest rights and tenure globally.

Cameroon: Redd Processes Reinforce Community Rights

Cameroon: Redd Processes Reinforce Community Rights

August 2012

 

Representatives of eleven countries from East, West and Central Africa which have large forests zones met in a workshop from August 21 to 23 to seek ways of working together using processes of the Reduce Emission from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD, to give communities the rights to forests.

Science Codex: Lao announces dramatic shift in land policy, commits to expand rights of communities, ethnic groups

Science Codex: Lao announces dramatic shift in land policy, commits to expand rights of communities, ethnic groups

August 2012

 

During a speech given at an international land and forestry conference in Vientiane today, Dr. Souvanhpheng Bouphanouvong, President of the National Assembly of Lao's Committee on Economic Planning and Finance, announced the government's intention to undergo a nationwide formal process of large scale land reform.

Daily Observer: 50 Residents Get GPS Technology Knowledge

Daily Observer: 50 Residents Get GPS Technology Knowledge

August 2012

 

Fifty community dwellers, drawn from ten counties recently benefited from Global Positioning System (GPS) technology workshop, organized by the Green Advocates International, (GAI) an environmental group.

China Green Times: 谁来维护“她们”的森林权益?

China Green Times: 谁来维护“她们”的森林权益?

August 2012

 

你是否注意到,在已发放给林农的1亿本林权证上,99%的权证持有人是男性;你又是否思考过,当农村女性面临出嫁、婚变等身份变化时,该如何保障她们带不走的森林资源财产权呢?

Chinese Academy of Forestry: 亚洲社会性别与林权暨中国集体林权制度改革国际研讨会召开

Chinese Academy of Forestry: 亚洲社会性别与林权暨中国集体林权制度改革国际研讨会召开

August 2012

 

“亚洲社会性别与林权暨中国集体林权制度改革国际研讨会”在北京国林宾馆举行。此次会议由美国权利与资源行动组织(RRI)资助、中国林科院科信所主办。来自国家林业局林改司、政法司、资源司、天保办、经研中心等司局、单位,中国科学院、中国社科院、中国林科院、北京大学、北京林业大学等教学研究机构,曼谷邮报、科技日报、中国绿色时报等中外媒体,联合国粮农组织(FAO)、美国农村发展研究所(Landesa)、国际混农林业研究中心(ICRAF)、施政改革伙伴关系组织(PGR)、变革农业与自然资源经营管理的妇女组织(WOCAN)等国际组织和研究机构的代表70余人参加了会议。

STDaily.com (China): 应承认妇女在森林建设中的关键角色

STDaily.com (China): 应承认妇女在森林建设中的关键角色

August 2012

 

一项研究揭示,若不能承认妇女在森林建设中的关键角色,亚洲将无法实现气候改善和扶贫目标。

State Forestry Administration of China:

State Forestry Administration of China:

亚洲社会性别与林权暨中国集体林权制度改革国际研讨会在

August 2012

 

亚洲社会性别与林权暨中国集体林权制度改革国际研讨会在北京举行。此次会议由美国权利与资源行动组织(RRI)资助、中国林科院科信所主办。

Reuters AlertNet: Women are the foot soldiers of climate change adaptation' - expert

Reuters AlertNet: Women are the foot soldiers of climate change adaptation' - expert

August 2012

 

Women play a key role in climate change, water challenges, and other issues in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China.

Reuters TrustLaw: Word on Women - Impact of Forestland Reforms on Rural Women in China

Reuters TrustLaw: Word on Women - Impact of Forestland Reforms on Rural Women in China

August 2012

 

Thirty years ago China began a series of reforms that have transferred control over thousands of acres of forests from collectives to households. At first glance, that is a huge success from a poverty alleviation perspective. However, uneven implementation of the law has meant that many women who should have benefited from these decades of significant reforms, haven’t.

 The Missoulian: International foresters visit Flathead Reservation to study tribes' example

The Missoulian: International foresters visit Flathead Reservation to study tribes' example

July 2012

 

Having indigenous groups take responsibility for their own land management is crucial, says Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative coordinator. In several international cases, groups wanting to protect their homelands have been forced to designate them as national wildernesses or parks, and lose their right to harvest or manage those lands in the process.

Forest Carbon Portal: Norway supports report on role of women in Asia's forests

Forest Carbon Portal: Norway supports report on role of women in Asia's forests

July 2012

 

The Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, supports the suite of analyses called “Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management: A Summary of the Asian Experience” at the International Workshop on Gender and Forest Tenure in Asia and Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China.

IPS: Deck Stacked Against Women’s Land Rights in Asia

IPS: Deck Stacked Against Women’s Land Rights in Asia

July 2012

 

Women across Asia are being shut out from prosperous forestland because of a paradigm geared towards male ownership, according to a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

ScandAsia: Norway Supports Report on Role of Women in Asia’s Forests

ScandAsia: Norway Supports Report on Role of Women in Asia’s Forests

July 2012

 

The Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, supports the suite of analyses called “Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management: A Summary of the Asian Experience” at the International Workshop on Gender and Forest Tenure in Asia and Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China.

Bikyamsr: In Asia, women’s empowerment key to battling climate change, poverty

Bikyamsr: In Asia, women’s empowerment key to battling climate change, poverty

July 2012

 

Women are key to battling climate change and reducing poverty in Asia, a new report this week published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) said.

Science Codex: Asia won't achieve climate, poverty goals unless women's rights are recognized

Science Codex: Asia won't achieve climate, poverty goals unless women's rights are recognized

July 2012

 

New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals.

South Asia One World: Nature's guardians

South Asia One World: Nature's guardians

Odisha’s tribal women save their forest

July 2012

 

With lives that are closely bound to the forest, the tribal women of Odisha make sure their forests are not exploited in the name of commercialisation or 'eco-tourism' for that matter.

India Blooms: The Green Brigade

India Blooms: The Green Brigade

June 2012

 

While the world leaders gather in Rio de Janeiro in a carnival like ambience from June 20, in India’'s Odisha tribal forest dwellers will continue to fight for their rights to protect the green economy, INBS reports.

Inter Press Service: Economia verde - proteção das florestas por comunidades tradicionais

Inter Press Service: Economia verde - proteção das florestas por comunidades tradicionais

June 2012

 

O ano de 1992 foi o momento em que o mundo parou para discutir sobre desenvolvimento sustentável, mas nenhum acordo foi assinado em prol da preservação das florestas. Agora, duas décadas após, ambientalistas, alianças internacionais e organizações não governamentais se reúnem na Rio+20 para defender que os povos das florestas são os maiores protagonistas da preservação das áreas verdes no mundo.

China Radio International: Environment Matters

China Radio International: Environment Matters

June 2012

 

In order to acquire more land for farming, China once experienced severe deforestation. However, things have changed thanks to a reform that transfers responsibility to individual villagers. Excerpt from a feature on China Radio International.

Next Billion: Guest Post - A Letter to Rio+20 - Sustainable Development Isn’t Possible Without Land Rights

Next Billion: Guest Post - A Letter to Rio+20 - Sustainable Development Isn’t Possible Without Land Rights

June 2012

 

The Rio earth summit is about finding a harmony between environment and development. Respecting community land rights is essential for both those goals. It is also what justice demands.

TerraNullius: What Rights? Comparing developing countries’ national legislation on community forest tenure rights

TerraNullius: What Rights? Comparing developing countries’ national legislation on community forest tenure rights

June 2012

 

Guest post by Fernanda Almeida, lead author of RRI’s “What Rights?” report. The recognition of Indigenous People's land ownership rights by governments and international jurisprudence has proven to be one of the few success stories in the wake of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

AllAfrica: Six Ways to Secure Land Rights for Sustainable Development

AllAfrica: Six Ways to Secure Land Rights for Sustainable Development

June 2012

 

Clear and respected land rights in favor of rural communities are fundamental to global success in slowing climate change, lifting the poorest people out of poverty, and saving the world's finite resources.

Alert Net Reuters: Climate Conversations - 6 ways to secure land rights for sustainable development

Alert Net Reuters: Climate Conversations - 6 ways to secure land rights for sustainable development

June 2012

 

Clear and respected land rights in favor of rural communities are fundamental to global success in slowing climate change, lifting the poorest people out of poverty, and saving the world’s finite resources. Yet, the advances that have been made since the first Earth Summit 20 years ago are far from sufficient.

AFP: Expectations for the Rio Summit, in quotes

AFP: Expectations for the Rio Summit, in quotes

June 2012

 

A selection of quotes from politicians, activists, business executives and scientists about expectations for the upcoming Rio Summit - features Andy White of RRI.

Natural Justice: New RRI Report on Forest Tenure Rights

Natural Justice: New RRI Report on Forest Tenure Rights

June 2012

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative has prepared a new report to take stock of the progress made since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro’s commitment to sustainable development.

Radio France International: Ilha no norte do Brasil é exemplo de exploração sustentável, diz Le Monde (in French)

Radio France International: Ilha no norte do Brasil é exemplo de exploração sustentável, diz Le Monde (in French)

June 2012

 

A Ilha das Cinzas, na fronteira entre o Amapá e Pará, pode ser um exemplo do casamento perfeito entre o homem e seu ambiente, escreve o jornal Le Monde em uma longa reportagem dedicada a mostrar a exploração racional dos recursos naturais pela comunidade local.

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog: Rights and Resources for Rio

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog: Rights and Resources for Rio

June 2012

 

A new report by the Rights and Resources Institute examines the current state of land tenure and resource rights, and what progress has been made in the twenty years since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Treehugger: How Land Rights are Turning the World's Rural Poor Into Unexpected Conservationists

Treehugger: How Land Rights are Turning the World's Rural Poor Into Unexpected Conservationists

June 2012

 

It is as counterintuitive as it is true: Around the world, communities who have resided on the land the longest often have the most tenuous rights to that land.

The Huffington Post: Climate Change This Week

The Huffington Post: Climate Change This Week

June 2012

 

A new Rights and Resources Initiative report shows that when land rights of forest dwellers are respected, forests are nurtured rather than destructively exploited.

International Herald Tribune: This Forest is Our Forest

International Herald Tribune: This Forest is Our Forest

June 2012

 

The pace of global climate change has worsened, representing a fundamental threat to the planet’s health and environmental well-being. But there is some good news to report — and it’s coming from the world’s forests...

IISD Reporting Services: RRI Reviews Forest Tenure Rights of Indigenous Peoples

IISD Reporting Services: RRI Reviews Forest Tenure Rights of Indigenous Peoples

June 2012

 

Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released two new analyses relating to forest tenure rights and indigenous peoples, which focus on tenure reform and impacts since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit).

REDD-Monitor: Forest tenure rights and REDD

REDD-Monitor: Forest tenure rights and REDD

Most laws in Asia and Africa, “meaningless or unenforced”

June 2012

 

Land rights are crucial to REDD. This week, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a study that found an increase in community land rights in tropical forests, but at the same time most land laws in Asia and Africa remain “either meaningless or unenforced”.

The New York Times: This Forest is Our Forest

The New York Times: This Forest is Our Forest

May 2012

 

The pace of global climate change has worsened, representing a fundamental threat to the planet’s health and environmental well-being. But there is some good news to report — and it’s coming from the world’s forests.

Agencia EFE (Spanish): Las leyes sobre las tierras indígenas tropicales limitan el derecho de los pueblos

Agencia EFE (Spanish): Las leyes sobre las tierras indígenas tropicales limitan el derecho de los pueblos

May 2012

 

Cientos de miles de habitantes de los bosques tropicales de América Latina, África y Asia vieron aumentar sus derechos legales sobre sus tierras en los últimos 20 años, pero en un tercio de los casos estas leyes limitaron su capacidad de decisión, advirtió hoy un informe.

Ciencia Hoje (Portuguese): Direitos garantidos?

Ciencia Hoje (Portuguese): Direitos garantidos?

May 2012

 

Relatório mostra que acesso de comunidades tradicionais às florestas está mais assegurado que há 20 anos, principalmente no Brasil e em outros países da América Latina. Mas a burocracia e a inadequação das leis à realidade das populações ainda são empecilhos.

Le Monde (French): L’île d’ Amazonie où l’homme s’ accorde avec la nature

Le Monde (French): L’île d’ Amazonie où l’homme s’ accorde avec la nature

May 2012

 

Dans le nord du Brésil, des villageois pratiquent un développement durable, favorisé par un droit sur leurs terres

O Estado De S. Paolo (Portuguese): Direito à terra foi vitória da Rio-92

O Estado De S. Paolo (Portuguese): Direito à terra foi vitória da Rio-92

Mas falta de implementação de leis e novas medidas ameaçam populações tradicionais

May 2012

 

Entre as muitas decisões históricas obtidas com a Rio-92, não são muitas que, 20 anos depois, pode-se dizer que vingaram. O reconhecimento de que comunidades tradicionais das florestas, como índios e ribeirinhos, têm o direito de acesso à terra pode seruma das exceções.

CBS News: Studies show land rights key to saving forests

CBS News: Studies show land rights key to saving forests

May 2012

 

A report says that ensuring forest dwellers' rights over their own land is a crucial step in the effort to slow deforestation and combat climate change.

India Blooms News Service: Unenforced laws undermine forest people's rights: Study

India Blooms News Service: Unenforced laws undermine forest people's rights: Study

May 2012

 

New research released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that hundreds of millions of forest peoples in tropical nations, including in India, have, in the last 20 years, quietly gained unprecedented legal rights to the land and resources owned under customary law.

Washington Post: Studies show land rights reform key to saving forests, fighting climate change

Washington Post: Studies show land rights reform key to saving forests, fighting climate change

May 2012

 

Ensuring that forest dwellers have rights over their land is vital for slowing the deforestation that may be causing up to a fifth of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a report released Wednesday.

IANS: Community land rights unenforced in Third World

IANS: Community land rights unenforced in Third World

May 2012

 

Millions of forest people in tropical nations, including India, have won unprecedented legal rights to land but laws ensuring community land rights to them remain unenforced, says a study.

World Bank, G20 Urged to Make Infrastructure Work for World’s Poor

World Bank, G20 Urged to Make Infrastructure Work for World’s Poor

May 2012

 

International environmental group International Rivers, in a report released last week, called on the new World Bank president and the Group of 20 (G20) nations to do more to ensure that their large-scale infrastructure projects benefit the world’s poorest populations, rather than “entrench[ing] the power of privileged groups.”

Inter Press Service: World Bank Accused of Ignoring Lessons on Mega Infrastructure

Inter Press Service: World Bank Accused of Ignoring Lessons on Mega Infrastructure

May 2012

 

In a renewed funding focus on large-scale infrastructure, the World Bank, Group of 20 (G20) countries and other multilateral groups are wilfully overlooking lessons learned decades ago, a new report by International Rivers warns.

Open Thread Plus Africa Land Grab Cartoon

Open Thread Plus Africa Land Grab Cartoon

May 2012

 

Of the 203 million hectares of land deals reported worldwide between 2000 and 2010, two-thirds were in Africa.

Journal LeDroit: Loi forestière 1994 - Processus de relecture en cours

Journal LeDroit: Loi forestière 1994 - Processus de relecture en cours

April 2012

 

Cadre à la cérémonie de remise officielle de la contribution de la coalition RRI Cameroun au processus de la relecture de la loi forestière.

Natural Justice Blog: New Contributions on Forest People's Rights from RRI

Natural Justice Blog: New Contributions on Forest People's Rights from RRI

April 2012

 

Track the ongoing efforts of this legal NGO as we seek to assist communities to engage with legal frameworks to secure environmental and social justice.

Inter Press Service: Brazil is a Model for the Rights of Forest Communities

Inter Press Service: Brazil is a Model for the Rights of Forest Communities

April 2012

 

Brazil is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to legally guaranteeing the rights of forest communities and reducing deforestation, says economist Jeffrey Hatcher in this interview.

Florestas estão longe dos povos

Florestas estão longe dos povos

April 2012

 

ONG americana mostra relação entre fome e falta de acesso à terra

SAPA/AFP - Foreign buying of farms explosive

SAPA/AFP - Foreign buying of farms explosive

March 2012

 

Controversial land acquisitions have been a key factor triggering the civil wars in Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Cameroon Tribune - Forestry Governance: Civil Society Proposes Amendments

Cameroon Tribune - Forestry Governance: Civil Society Proposes Amendments

March 2012

 

The Rights Resources Initiative coalition presented its recommendations to Cameroon's Ministry of Forest and Wildlife.

Peace and Conflict Monitor - Africa for Sale: The Land Grab Landmine

Peace and Conflict Monitor - Africa for Sale: The Land Grab Landmine

February 2012

 

In this article, Patrick Mugo Mugo exposes the extent of the land grab phenomenon, arguing that while we debate over whether it is land grabbing, leasing or selling, African countries are already stepping on a potential landmine.

Liberia: The Plantation Blues

Liberia: The Plantation Blues

February 2012

 

Residents of the riverside village of Singhiam, a 30-minute drive from Madina through land stripped of forest and farmland, are quick to outline where they want to see action and where they feel the government and the Kuala Lumpur-based Sime Darby Berhad conglomerate have failed. Their main grievance: lost livelihoods.

PolicyMic - Weak Land Rights in Africa Make Way for a New Type of Colonialism

PolicyMic - Weak Land Rights in Africa Make Way for a New Type of Colonialism

February 2012

 

Earlier this month a Reuters article highlighted that lack of land rights on the Africa continent could lead to future conflicts. Prior to colonialism, land rights were dealt within tribes or ethnic groups throughout Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Yale Environment 360 - Busting the Forest Myths: People as Part of the Solution

Yale Environment 360 - Busting the Forest Myths: People as Part of the Solution

February 2012

 

The long-held contention that rural forest communities are the prime culprits in tropical forest destruction is increasingly being discredited, as evidence mounts that the best way to protect rainforests is to involve local residents in sustainable management.

Voice of America - French to Africa News, Interview with Jeffrey Hatcher

Voice of America - French to Africa News, Interview with Jeffrey Hatcher

February 2012

 

On February 14, 2011, the 'Voice of America - French to Africa' website aired an interview with RRI's Global Program Director Jeffrey Hatcher within their "Magazine Economique" program. The interview in French can be found around minute 25 by going to this link: http://www.voanews.com/mp3/voa/africa/fren/FRENCH_MAGAZINES-TUE.mp3

Rio+20 shows little sign of living up to original Earth summit

Rio+20 shows little sign of living up to original Earth summit

February 2012

 

Twenty years ago, a historic environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro produced groundbreaking treaties and high hopes that pressing issues would be addressed. But as organizers prepare for the Rio+20 conference in June, there is little on the agenda to suggest any substantive action will be taken.

Comment on accapare les terres de l’Afrique

Comment on accapare les terres de l’Afrique

February 2012

 

Les terres coutumières, gérées localement, sont une porte ouverte à l'arrivée d'investisseurs étrangers en mal d'espace pour développer un juteux business agricole.

New Global Land Rush Trampling Human Rights

New Global Land Rush Trampling Human Rights

February 2012

 

It is an age-old story in the developing world, one that rarely ends happily ever after. Communities without economic power that live off of land to which they do not “own” are devastated when their government transfers the property rights to wealthy outside interests, who exploit the natural resources. These land deals often result in chaos, strife, and large-scale human tragedy...

African Land Grabs Hinder Sustainable Development

African Land Grabs Hinder Sustainable Development

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held on February 1, 2012 where two RRI studies were formally presented: - Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order? - Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, by RRI Fellow Liz Alden Wily

Africa Land Grabs 'Could Cause Conflicts'

Africa Land Grabs 'Could Cause Conflicts'

February 2012

 

FREETOWN, Liberia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The stampede by wealthy states for arable land across Africa and other developing regions could trigger a series of conflicts if governments fail to protect the rights of their people, two recent studies on land grabs warn.

Weak Land Rights in Africa Fuel Potential for Conflicts - Experts

Weak Land Rights in Africa Fuel Potential for Conflicts - Experts

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' and the publication released in London on February 1, 2012.

Warning of unrest, new study shows millions risk losing lands in Africa

Warning of unrest, new study shows millions risk losing lands in Africa

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held on February 1, 2012 where two RRI studies were formally presented: - Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order? - Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, by RRI Fellow Liz Alden Wily

Global Land Grab Could Trigger Conflict, Report Says

Global Land Grab Could Trigger Conflict, Report Says

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held on February 1, 2012 where two RRI studies were formally presented: - Rights and Resources Initiative. Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order? - Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, by RRI Fellow Liz Alden Wily

Liberian residents say foreign firm threatens their land rights

Liberian residents say foreign firm threatens their land rights

February 2012

 

This article refers to an RRI statement on the Feb. 1, 2012 release of new studies on the sell-off of forests and other prime lands, particularly citing in-depth research on Africa by Liz Alden Wily (From her series "Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Land Tenure in Africa).

Lack of Land Rights Could Lead to Land Rush

Lack of Land Rights Could Lead to Land Rush

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held on February 1, 2012 where two RRI studies were formally presented: -Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order? - Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, by RRI Fellow Liz Alden Wily

Les droits fonciers des communautés africaines en danger

Les droits fonciers des communautés africaines en danger

February 2012

 

Africa: Weak Land Rights Promote Land Rush

Africa: Weak Land Rights Promote Land Rush

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held in London on February 1, 2012 where two RRI studies were formally presented: - Rights and Resources Initiative. Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order? - Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, by RRI Fellow Liz Alden Wily

Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging  world order?

Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order?

February 2012

 

This article covers the RRI 'panel on the trends shaping rural lands and lives' held on February 1, 2012 where the new RRI report was released: - Turning Point: What Future for Forest Peoples and Resources in the Emerging World Order?

Land Sales Propel Civil Wars, Experts Warn

Land Sales Propel Civil Wars, Experts Warn

February 2012

 

This article refers to an RRI statement on the Feb. 1, 2012 release of new studies on the sell-off of forests and other prime lands.

Warnung vor Ausverkauf von Afrika

Warnung vor Ausverkauf von Afrika

February 2012

 

La Venta de Cultivos Genera Conflictos en el Mundo, Saegún un Estudio

La Venta de Cultivos Genera Conflictos en el Mundo, Saegún un Estudio

February 2012

 

Africa Land Purchases May Spark Rights Discord, Group Says

Africa Land Purchases May Spark Rights Discord, Group Says

February 2012

 

This article refers to an RRI statement on the Feb. 1, 2012 release of new studies on the sell-off of forests and other prime lands, citing in particular, in-depth research on Africa by Liz Alden Wily (From her series "Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Land Tenure in Africa).

Fears about community rights under REDD+ are justified despite tenure reforms

Fears about community rights under REDD+ are justified despite tenure reforms

November 2011

 

Indigenous organisations have been among the most vocal critics of REDD+ schemes

Climate Conversations - Uprooting Families to Save Trees

Climate Conversations - Uprooting Families to Save Trees

October 2011

 

Effects of the Global Land Rush on indigenous farmers and a Landesa study of the property rights implications of REDD+. Author Darryl Vhugen is a senior attorney and land tenure specialist with Landesa, a non-profit organisation that has advised and partnered with government departments and other groups in more than 40 countries to help extend secure land rights to the rural poor.

Developing Countries United Under UN Agency to Counter Deforestation

Developing Countries United Under UN Agency to Counter Deforestation

October 2011

 

This article discusses the efforts to increase indigenous rights and involvement in the international initiative, UN-REDD.

Rights Groups Strategize To Curb Forest Resources Abuse

Rights Groups Strategize To Curb Forest Resources Abuse

September 2011

 

Local press coverage of the 2012 RRI Africa Regional Planning Meetings.

A Battle Is Under Way For The Forests Of Borneo

A Battle Is Under Way For The Forests Of Borneo

August 2011

 

Assessing the current situation in West Borneo's Dayak community and what that means for Indonesia's forests at large, this article interviews RRI Coordinator Andy White about what needs to be done to sustain Indonesia's forests.

Indigenous Indonesians Fear Forest Sell-Off

Indigenous Indonesians Fear Forest Sell-Off

August 2011

 

This article details the concerns of the indigenous Sasak communities in Lombok, Indonesia after the author took a field trip through Sasak communities as part of the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise.

Forest groups say Indonesia should look to Chinese model

Forest groups say Indonesia should look to Chinese model

August 2011

 

Citing RRI Coordinator Andy White, this article uses tenure reform in China to frame Indonesia's debate over tenure reform after the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise.

Guest Post: Women Remain Outside the Global Forest Estate

Guest Post: Women Remain Outside the Global Forest Estate

August 2011

 

In this guest post, RRI Coordinator Andy White writes about the need for women to be involved in the design and implementation of any future tenure reforms to ensure their success.

Letter: REDD+ and Local Rights

Letter: REDD+ and Local Rights

August 2011

 

In this Op-Ed to the Jakarta Post, RRI Coordinator Andy White reminds us of the outcomes from the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise and the role that Indigenous Peoples must play in any future discussions on REDD.

Cameroon Meeting Declares Women's Interests in Land

Cameroon Meeting Declares Women's Interests in Land

August 2011

 

This article briefly highlights the discussions held during a two-day workshop in Edea, Cameroon to address gender and access to land rights. Cecile Ndjebet, Director of RRI Collaborator REFACOF, and RRI Africa Associate Marina France were interviewed for the article.

Jakarta Must Set Up Forest Bodies to Unblock Aid - Norway

Jakarta Must Set Up Forest Bodies to Unblock Aid - Norway

August 2011

 

During the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise held in Lombok, Indonesia, a Norwegian government representative discussed the conditions for releasing the rest of $1 billion in aid to Indonesia to help halt deforestation. This article highlights what has been accomplished and what remains to be done before this aid will resume.

 Foresters from around world studying Montana timber management

Foresters from around world studying Montana timber management

July 2011

 

Interviewing RRI Coordinator Andy White and international foresters from China, Peru, Mexico and Indonesia, this article examines why Montana's forest policy can serve as a blueprint for forest management at the international level.

International Forest Managers Heading to Lubrecht to Learn about Montana's Management Policies

International Forest Managers Heading to Lubrecht to Learn about Montana's Management Policies

July 2011

 

This article discusses the aim of RRI-sponsored meetings in Montana of international foresters and the forest management policies in place at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest.

Indonesians Await Forest Tenure Reform

Indonesians Await Forest Tenure Reform

July 2011

 

Using the Indonesian forestry reserve of Sesaot as an example, this article outlines how much further the Indonesian government must go to achieve forest tenure reform. RRI Coordinator Andy White and RRI Collaborator AMAN help assess the current situation in Indonesian forests.

Participatory Map Vital for Indonesia’s Environment Plans

Participatory Map Vital for Indonesia’s Environment Plans

July 2011

 

This article interviews attendees of the International Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise about the importance of community mapping to Indonesian forest tenure reform.

Indonesia Announces 'Unprecedented' Expansion of Land Rights

Indonesia Announces 'Unprecedented' Expansion of Land Rights

July 2011

 

Citing the Rights and Resources Initiative and its Coordinator, Andy White, this article reviews the Indonesian government's public commitment to recognize community land rights as one result of the Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise Conference.

Forest Carbon Rights for Poor at Risk – Study

Forest Carbon Rights for Poor at Risk – Study

July 2011

 

In the context of assigning "carbon rights," this article discusses the need to first assign land rights to indigenous populations--something that has yet to be done for a great number of people in Indonesia, according to RRI Coordinator Andy White.

Expanding Land Rights to Boost Growth, Cut Emissions

Expanding Land Rights to Boost Growth, Cut Emissions

July 2011

 

This article discusses the statements made by Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, the Indonesian president's special envoy to the Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise conference co-hosted by RRI in Lombok, Indonesia.

Activists Press for Gender Equality in Forest Tenure Reforms

Activists Press for Gender Equality in Forest Tenure Reforms

July 2011

 

This article interviews Asian activists about their push to incorporate gender rights into tenure reform during the RRI co-sponsored Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise Conference.

Indonesia's Pledge to Forest People Welcomed

Indonesia's Pledge to Forest People Welcomed

July 2011

 

RRI board member Vicki Tauli-Corpuz is interviewed in this article about the Indonesian indigenous community's reaction to the government's pledge to further recognize customary land rights in the country.

Jakarta rethinks forest policy

Jakarta rethinks forest policy

July 2011

 

Indonesia has assumed a target to cut greenhouse gas emission rates by half and achieve an economic growth rate of 7% by changing the way it manages its vast forest land, and giving greater control over land to local communities...

Indonesia promises to deliver on community forestry rights

Indonesia promises to deliver on community forestry rights

July 2011

 

An Indonesian official pledged to renew efforts to safeguard the rights of forest communities, a move widely recognized by experts as key to the long-term protection of the country’s forests and cultures.

Indonesia's pledge to forest people welcomed

Indonesia's pledge to forest people welcomed

July 2011

 

Forest groups welcomed an Indonesian commitment to protect the rights of indigenous people who have long complained that their land is being stolen in the name of conservation schemes.

Indonesia pledges to resolve forest land conflicts

Indonesia pledges to resolve forest land conflicts

July 2011

 

Indonesia’s government made some big promises: to resolve land tenure conflicts that plague the country while also protecting the rights of people in forest-based communities...

Indonesia Pledges to Resolve Forest Land Conflicts

Indonesia Pledges to Resolve Forest Land Conflicts

July 2011

 

RRI Coordinator Andy White is interviewed in this article discussing the Indonesian government's recent pledge to respect the customary land rights of Indonesian forest-based communities.

Asia: Indigenous People Gain Greater Forest Rights

Asia: Indigenous People Gain Greater Forest Rights

July 2011

 

Heading into day two of the RRI co-hosted forestry conference in Lombok, Indonesia, this article reiterates the fact that community forest rights are essential to halting deforestation.

Indonesia to Recognize Rights of Forest Communities, Indigenous Peoples

Indonesia to Recognize Rights of Forest Communities, Indigenous Peoples

July 2011

 

Mongabay.com reports on the Indonesian government's claim during the RRI co-sponsored conference in Lombok, Indonesia that Indonesian forest communities' customary rights will be protected.

Community Control, Rather than Government Control, Helps Forests Recover, Says Study

Community Control, Rather than Government Control, Helps Forests Recover, Says Study

July 2011

 

This article highlights the RRI report "The Greener Side of REDD+: Lessons for REDD+ from Countries where Forest Area is Increasing" in its conclusion that community forest rights help halt or even reverse deforestation.

Carbon Markets Contracting

Carbon Markets Contracting

July 2011

 

The World Bank and RRI Coordinator Andy White are cited in this article's position that global carbon markets and carbon trading are stalled.

Ugandan Tribe Struggles to Maintain Forests and Access Benefits

Ugandan Tribe Struggles to Maintain Forests and Access Benefits

July 2011

 

A look at the state of indigenous rights in Uganda and the potential for safeguarding forest community tenure rights at the global level, citing RRI Coordinator Andy White and RRI Partner Forest Trends.

Climate Change: Community forestry feted for carbon reduction role

Climate Change: Community forestry feted for carbon reduction role

June 2011

 

This article details how RRI Partner FECOFUN was rewarded for its work in reducing carbon emissions through sustainable community forestry initiatives.

Sustainable Forests Rise by 50%, Says Study

Sustainable Forests Rise by 50%, Says Study

June 2011

 

In this article RRI Coordinator Andy White offers his assessment of a new report on the state of the world's tropical forests that was released by the International Tropical Timber Organization.

Protection Gives Mighty Boost to Few Forests

Protection Gives Mighty Boost to Few Forests

June 2011

 

An article discussing data released by the International Tropical Timber Organization, with commentary from RRI Coordinator Andy White.

Institutional Reform, ‘Quality’ Growth, May Help Sustain World’s Natural Resources

Institutional Reform, ‘Quality’ Growth, May Help Sustain World’s Natural Resources

June 2011

 

This summary highlights the contributions of RRI Coordinator Andy White and RRI Fellow Sten Nilsson in addressing the Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry during the seminar "Global Trends: Implications on the Development and Use of Natural Resources" held in Stockholm, Sweden.

90% of Tropical Forests Poorly Managed, or Not At All

90% of Tropical Forests Poorly Managed, or Not At All

June 2011

 

An article highlighting the tremendous amount of work to be done in sustainably managing the world's tropical forests, with input from RRI Coordinator Andy White.

Good News and Bad News for the World's Tropical Forests

Good News and Bad News for the World's Tropical Forests

June 2011

 

This blog post weighs the progress in tropical forest conservation against the challenges that lie ahead according to a new survey released by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

Interview with Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative: “The global market for forest carbon is not going to establish itself anytime soon”

Interview with Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative: “The global market for forest carbon is not going to establish itself anytime soon”

May 2011

 

In this interview for REDD-Monitor, RRI Coordinator Andy White discusses the state of REDD and what "mid-course corrections" are needed for REDD to reach its full potential.

Forest Act Amendment Bill in Limbo

Forest Act Amendment Bill in Limbo

April 2011

 

An article detailing the work of RRI partner FECOFUN in demanding that the government of Nepal abandon an amendment that would further curb community forest rights.

100 Years of Palm Oil

100 Years of Palm Oil

The Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

April 2011

 

This newsletter from the International Campaign for Ecological Justice in Indonesia details the negative impact of oil palm development on Indonesia and highlights the policy suggestions for mitigating the effects of climate change that resulted from the RRI-hosted 9th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change.

The Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

The Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

Key areas of debate on COP16 and REDD+

April 2011

 

Down to Earth is a publication of the International Campaign for Ecological Justice in Indonesia. This article was published in publication No. 88, April 2011.

Cash Alone Will Not  Slow Forest Carbon Emissions

Cash Alone Will Not Slow Forest Carbon Emissions

March 2011

 

An Op-Ed by Andy White, coordinator of the Rights and Resources Initiative, on the true drivers of global deforestation and the importance of GREEN on the success of REDD.

Climate Justice Research Project Scholarly Note

Climate Justice Research Project Scholarly Note

REDD & REDD+

March 2011

 

A scholarly note citing RRI analysis (among others) on the potential disasters of REDD/REDD+ implementation.

Forest Fest Makes Headway in Protection, Poverty Reduction

Forest Fest Makes Headway in Protection, Poverty Reduction

March 2011

 

An article on the conclusions reached at the United Nations' 9th Forum on Forests, including input from RRI Board Member Vicky Tauli-Corpuz.

Giving Forest Dwellers a Greater Say Over Their Territory

Giving Forest Dwellers a Greater Say Over Their Territory

March 2011

 

A short post including audio excerpts from the RRI-sponsored 9th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change held on February 8 in London, England.

EfD Ethiopia Co-Organized African Regional Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

EfD Ethiopia Co-Organized African Regional Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

February 2011

 

An article discussing the role of the Africa Regional Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change on climate change policy and REDD.

New Report says Forest Land Reform Stagnating, Posing Risks to Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change and Poverty

New Report says Forest Land Reform Stagnating, Posing Risks to Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change and Poverty

February 2011

 

A post discussing RRI's Annual Report and key analysis drawn from the Initiative's 9th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change.

Slow But Steady Progress on Recognizing Indigenous Land Rights Is Interrupted by Commodity Boom

Slow But Steady Progress on Recognizing Indigenous Land Rights Is Interrupted by Commodity Boom

February 2011

 

An interview with RRI's Coordinator Andy White about the recent release of the RRI Annual Report "Pushback: Local Power, Global Realignment," and his opinions on the state of forest tenure policy and practice.

Rising land, food prices cause recognition of indigenous peoples' rights to stagnate

Rising land, food prices cause recognition of indigenous peoples' rights to stagnate

February 2011

 

An article highlighting the key arguments of RRI's Annual Report "Pushback: Local Power, Global Realignment."

Indigenous Communities Fighting For Land Rights More Than Ever

Indigenous Communities Fighting For Land Rights More Than Ever

February 2011

 

An article highlighting several issues from the RRI Annual Report "Pushback: Local Power, Global Realignment."

Land Grabs Intensify as Local Rights Are Disregarded

Land Grabs Intensify as Local Rights Are Disregarded

February 2011

 

An article referencing findings from the Rights and Resources Initiative's Annual Report "Pushback: Local Power, Global Realignment."

Indigenous Communities Fighting For Land Rights More Than Ever

Indigenous Communities Fighting For Land Rights More Than Ever

Governments & Corporations Fighting Back

February 2011

 

An article highlighting analysis from RRI's recently-released annual report "Pushback: Local Power, Global Realignment."

Keeping forest dwellers involved in forest protection and REDD

Keeping forest dwellers involved in forest protection and REDD

February 2011

 

A post citing the Rights and Resources Initiative in its assessment of the importance that forest communities play in the global fight to reduce carbon emissions.

Communities Not Getting a Say in How Forests Are Managed

Communities Not Getting a Say in How Forests Are Managed

February 2011

 

An article highlighting the lack of progress that has been made in reversing deforestation as of 2011: the UN's International Year of Forests.

Forest Summit Seeks 'People-Friendly' Solutions

Forest Summit Seeks "People-Friendly" Solutions

January 2011

 

An article on the outlook for forest communities and the progress that needs to be made heading into the 9th Session of the UN Forum on Forests.

Slow death by carbon credits

Slow death by carbon credits

Indigenous peoples can suffer from pollution compensation plan

January 2011

 

Report on Messaging, Training, and Media Efforts for RRI and Community Forest Management at COP16

Report on Messaging, Training, and Media Efforts for RRI and Community Forest Management at COP16

Mexico 2010

January 2011

 

RRI and its partners successfully drew attention to the importance of community forest management in addressing climate change and slowing the destruction of forests in Mexico and throughout the developing world. By releasing their report in advance of COP16 in Cancún and encouraging media interest in field trips to local communities and interviews with local leaders, RRI and its partners were able to inform reporters and through them the policy makers who would attend the conference. The outcome was the result of a six-month process that helped prepare Mexican partners for the global stage. CCMSS advocates and researchers joined RRI staff in meetings with foreign correspondents in Mexico City, and CCMSS staff organized and led field trips with a number of reporters representing major media outlets in important and influential markets. Researchers, advocates, and community leaders were able to communicate with reporters, not only their own stories and messages, but also those of the global forestry community. The following report summarizes the activities and outcomes of RRI’s message development, training, and media efforts over the past six months, which ultimately resulted in several international media articles on the importance of including communities in the REDD agreements, while highlighting the success of Mexico’s community forest management.

Mexican foresters invoke less destructive logging

Mexican foresters invoke less destructive logging

Reuters Africa

December 2010

 

RRI provided press support and training to the community forestry practitioners mentioned in this article.

Cancún climate change summit: One lesson not to learn from Mexico

Cancún climate change summit: One lesson not to learn from Mexico

The Guardian

December 2010

 

Lusa Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

Lusa Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2010

 

Lusa wire coverage in Portuguese of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

Press Coverage for the Seeing People through the Trees Report Release

Press Coverage for the Seeing People through the Trees Report Release

July 2010

 

Seeing People through the Trees was released in July 2008. This press coverage contains an index of all coverage received as well as full texts of the stories. Highlights of the coverage include wire stories from Agence France-Presse, Reuters, and Press Association (UK); print coverage in Business Daily (Kenya), The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), a front page story in Bangkok Post (Thailand) and an opinion piece in the Philippines Daily Inquirer; and original online stories by BBC News, Daily Telegraph (UK), EDIE.net (UK), and New Scientist. In addition, stories were broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World Service’s Network Africa program, and Radio France International.

Flctualit Coverage of Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

Flctualit Coverage of Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

April 2010

 

Flctualit coverage of the Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change held April 6, 2010 in London.

Reuters Coverage of Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

Reuters Coverage of Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

April 2010

 

Reuters coverage of the Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change held April 6, 2010 in London.

Mongabay.com Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Mongabay.com Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

Mongabay.com coverage of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Spiegel Online Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Spiegel Online Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

Spiegel Online coverage in English of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Wire Coverage of the End of the Hinterland Release

Wire Coverage of the End of the Hinterland Release

January 2010

 

Full text of the coverage from the following wires of the release of the End of the Hinterland report: EFE - Spain ANI - India Business Daily Update - China GNA - Ghana Pressetext - Austria Thompson Reuters Foundation AlertNet - UK XinhuaNet - China

Daily Independent Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Daily Independent Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

Print coverage of The End of the Hinterland report release from the Daily Independent in Nigeria.

Guardian Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Guardian Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

The Guardian print coverage of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Folha Online Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Folha Online Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

Folha Online coverage in Portuguese of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Press Coverage Executive Summary for End of the Hinterland Release

Press Coverage Executive Summary for End of the Hinterland Release

January 2010

 

An executive summary of the press coverage of the release of The End of the Hinterland report. Following the summary is an index of all press hits.

BBC News Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

BBC News Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

BBC News online coverage of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Humanitarian News Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

Humanitarian News Coverage of The End of the Hinterland

January 2010

 

Humanitarian News coverage of The End of the Hinterland report release.

Press Coverage for the Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment

Press Coverage for the Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment

June 2009

 

Index and text of total press coverage for the Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment report released May 2009.

Press Coverage of the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway

Press Coverage of the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway

October 2008

 

An index of press coverage of the Oslo Conference along with the complete text of all press stories. Promotion of the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway resulted in significant coverage in the online development world and in key European outlets. A Reuters story that ran in English and Portuguese resulted in print pick-up by the Hindustan Times (India), Times of Malta, and Vancouver Province (Canada), and significant online-pick up, including O Estado de São Paulo Online (Brazil), O Globo Online (Brazil), Scientific American Online, and USA Today Online. Original online coverage included stories by Agrodigital.com (Spain), BLADE (Blog on Assistance and Development), Development Today (Norway), Guardian Online (UK), Mongabay.com, Nature News (UK), Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, and Tree Hugger.

AFP Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

AFP Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

AFP wire coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

El Mundo Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

El Mundo Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

El Mundo original online coverage in Spanish of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

EFE Wire Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona

EFE Wire Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona

October 2008

 

EFE coverage in Spanish of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

Europa Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

Europa Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

Europa wire coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

IPAM Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

IPAM Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

IPAM original online coverage in Portuguese of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

Publico Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

Publico Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

Pubico online coverage in Spanish of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

Amazonia Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

Amazonia Coverage of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008

October 2008

 

Amazonia original online coverage in Portuguese of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008.

New Report: Rate of Recognition of Indigenous and Community Land and Resource Rights Declines Sharply as Governments Continue to Claim Ownership over a Majority of World’s Forest Land

New Report: Rate of Recognition of Indigenous and Community Land and Resource Rights Declines Sharply as Governments Continue to Claim Ownership over a Majority of World’s Forest Land

More than three out of every five hectares of forest land remain claimed by governments despite REDD+ and other international initiatives

March 2014

 

New research by the Rights and Resources Initiative reveals a sharp decline in the pace of recognition of land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities worldwide. The report finds that not only has the recognition of local land rights has slowed considerably since 2008, but the few land tenure laws that have been passed in the last six years are weaker and recognize fewer rights than those passed before 2008.

New Research Warns of Unprecedented “Carbon Grab”; Potentially Worse than Ongoing  “Land Grab”—As UN, World Bank prepare for Carbon Trading under REDD+

New Research Warns of Unprecedented “Carbon Grab”; Potentially Worse than Ongoing “Land Grab”—As UN, World Bank prepare for Carbon Trading under REDD+

Report and Conference Ask: Will Carbon Rights Trading Become the Next Natural Resource Investment that Separates Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities from their Forests?

March 2014

 

WASHINGTON (19 March 2014)—New research finds very few legal protections and safeguards for Indigenous Peoples and local communities as the United Nations and the World Bank continue preparations to leverage “carbon markets” as a tool to halt deforestation. A survey of 23 low and middle income countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, covering 66 percent of the developing world’s forests, found no laws governing how Indigenous Peoples and local communities could profit from the carbon in the forests in which they live and depend on for their livelihoods.

As New Land Law in Liberia Moves towards Finalization, Women from Across Africa Call for Equal Protection to Land Ownership Rights

As New Land Law in Liberia Moves towards Finalization, Women from Across Africa Call for Equal Protection to Land Ownership Rights

Liberian President Sirleaf welcomes women’s call for equal protection to land, asks women to do more: “Stand up and be accounted for.”

March 2014

 

MONROVIA, LIBERIA (10 MARCH 2014) Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf, along with Liberian Minister of Gender and Development Julia Duncan-Cassel, welcome land reform recommendations from Central and West Africa regional organization REFACOF (African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests) and Liberia’s Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI).

Press Release: New Study: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities Face Slowdown in Recognition of Rights to Land and Resources despite More Verbal Commitments by Governments, Corporations

Press Release: New Study: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities Face Slowdown in Recognition of Rights to Land and Resources despite More Verbal Commitments by Governments, Corporations

February 2014

 

LONDON (5 February, 2014)—A recent spate of high-profile pronouncements and court rulings that support the claims of Indigenous Peoples to land and resources in tropical forest nations have yet to be implemented, according to two new reports released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative. Around the world, the pace of legal recognition of land and resource rights has slowed dramatically even as the global hunger for food, fuel, water and mineral wealth continues.

Press Release: Rights and Resources Initiative Welcomes New Senior Staff Members

Press Release: Rights and Resources Initiative Welcomes New Senior Staff Members

Appointments include COO, Director of Global Programs, and Director of Country and Regional Programs

November 2013

 

Washington, D.C. (27 November, 2013) — Rights and Resources Group, the coordinating body of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), is pleased to announce three key additions to its leadership team. These appointments will further extend the international research and advocacy-based coalition’s growth and strengthen programs and engagements across the world.

Press Release: At Global Conference, Organizers Call for Doubling the Land Owned or Managed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Press Release: At Global Conference, Organizers Call for Doubling the Land Owned or Managed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Delegates from 40 countries meet to define and map out the way forward

September 2013

 

Interlaken, Switzerland (20 September, 2013)—At an international conference on community land and resource rights, organizers called for doubling the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2018. Determining the current amount of land in this category is just as important as doubling it—while the amount of forests or agricultural land has been established, a thorough catalogue of all land types under indigenous or local control has not been a priority until this point.

Press Release: New Analysis Shows at Least 31% of Industrial Concession Area in Emerging Market Economies Overlaps with Local Land Rights

Press Release: New Analysis Shows at Least 31% of Industrial Concession Area in Emerging Market Economies Overlaps with Local Land Rights

Billions of Dollars in Investment Risk Ignored; Financial Report Released on Eve of Global Conference

September 2013

 

A new analysis of land-use concessions in emerging market economies (EMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America shows that at least one out of every three hectares licensed for commercial exploitation is overlapped by indigenous community land.

El comunicado de prensa: Nuevo estudio informa sobre el retorno al desarrollo “colonial”; Riesgos para el medio ambiente y los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica

El comunicado de prensa: Nuevo estudio informa sobre el retorno al desarrollo “colonial”; Riesgos para el medio ambiente y los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica

La autora que los gobiernos compiten entre ellos para atraer inversión que amenaza a los bosques, aguas y modos de vida de las comunidades rurales en 4 países

March 2013

 

Un nuevo estudio fue presentado hoy en una conferencia que reunió expertos y líderes indígenas de más de 13 países en Bogotá esta semana. Este documento revela que los gobiernos latinoamericanos han vuelto a poner en manos de inversores extranjeros la extracción como principal fuente de financiación, sin preocuparse por el impacto que pueden tener la minería y otras actividades sobre el medio ambiente y los propietarios tradicionales de las tierras.

 

Associated Documents

Press Release: New Study Documents Natural Resources Giveaway in Latin America; Says Outdated Development Model Tramples Human Rights, Environment Press Release: New Study Documents Natural Resources Giveaway in Latin America; Says Outdated Development Model Tramples Human Rights, Environment
Researcher points to “colonial mentality” as governments race to attract investors; Cites destruction of forests, rivers, way of life of rural communities in 4 nations
Press Release: New Reports Say African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly, Recognizing Land Rights Slowly

Press Release: New Reports Say African Governments Giving Land Away Quickly, Recognizing Land Rights Slowly

Africa Remains a Target For Land-Grab Developments Worth Billions; Regional Dialogue in Yaoundé Focuses on the Need for Speed

March 2013

 

While African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change.

 

Associated Documents

Nouvelles publications : Les gouvernements africains se dessaisissent bien vite de leurs terres, mais tardent à reconnaître les droits fonciers Nouvelles publications : Les gouvernements africains se dessaisissent bien vite de leurs terres, mais tardent à reconnaître les droits fonciers
L'Afrique reste une cible de choix pour les projets de développement qui valent des milliards et s’appuient sur les acquisitions de terres à grande échelle ; le Dialogue régional de Yaoundé met l'accent sur le besoin de passer à la vitesse supérieure
- Rights and Resources Initiative
Press Release: New Reports: Global Land Grab Brings Significant Risk to Investors As Communities Respond to Economic Harm, Human Rights Abuses

Press Release: New Reports: Global Land Grab Brings Significant Risk to Investors As Communities Respond to Economic Harm, Human Rights Abuses

Risk Analysts Show that Operational Cost Increases Can Approach 2,800%; Myanmar is Latest Flashpoint in Alarming Trend

January 2013

 

London, UK (5 February, 2013)—Land conflicts continue to wreak havoc on economic development and human rights around the globe, threatening both the financial health of investors as well as the livelihoods of those who live on the land, according to two reports released today.

Press Release: Arrests and Harassment of Community Leaders in Liberia Must Stop

Press Release: Arrests and Harassment of Community Leaders in Liberia Must Stop

Recent Punitive Actions Undermine the Legitimacy of 300,000+ Hectare Acquisition by Golden Veroleum (Liberia)

December 2012

 

Four community leaders in Sinoe County, Liberia have been arrested by local authorities over the past few days, calling into question the government’s commitment to protecting the rights of the country’s indigenous communities. The arrests came after the community met with an international journalist to discuss how they lost their homes and cropland to Golden Veroleum (Liberia) for an oil palm plantation.

Press Release: New Research Predicts Rising Trend in India’s Violent Land Conflicts; Map Shows Massive Resource Takeover Spurs Conflict in 130 Districts

Press Release: New Research Predicts Rising Trend in India’s Violent Land Conflicts; Map Shows Massive Resource Takeover Spurs Conflict in 130 Districts

Experts call India Leader among Land-Grabbing Emerging Economies; Ignoring Rights at Home, Indian Multi-Nationals Risk Same Mistakes Abroad

December 2012

 

New research released on the eve of an international conference on land and forest rights, blames India’s government agencies and investors for a growing spate of violent clashes in the nation’s forest and tribal areas. A massive transfer of resources from the rural poor to investors is underway, inciting resistance and conflicts in virtually all states of India.

Press Release: New Research Shows Farmers and Communities Managing Chinese Forests Provide US$ 2.3 Billion in Services

Press Release: New Research Shows Farmers and Communities Managing Chinese Forests Provide US$ 2.3 Billion in Services

China Land Rights Reform Will Boost Rural Livelihoods While Increasing Reforestation Pace; Examples set by China applauded by UN FAO and tenure rights advocates at international conferenc

November 2012

 

Farmers and communities managing China’s forests provide $2.3 billion in environmental services, according to new research released by Peking University and Landesa-RDI, with support from Rights and Resources Initiative. The research examined a pilot project undertaken by the Chinese State Forest Administration, with support from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to strengthen forest tenure reform in six southern provinces.

Press Release (in Laotian): ລັດຖະບານລາວ ປະກາດການປ່ຽນແປງສຳຄັນ ດ້ານນະໂຍບາຍທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ປ່າ

Press Release (in Laotian): ລັດຖະບານລາວ ປະກາດການປ່ຽນແປງສຳຄັນ ດ້ານນະໂຍບາຍທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ປ່າ

ເປັນສັນຍານຕໍ່ການເພີ່ມຄວາມເອົາໃຈໃສ່ໃນການຂະຫຍາຍສິດທິຂອງຊຸມຊົນທ້ອງຖິ່ນ; ບັນກຸ່ມຊົນເຜົ່າໃນ ສປປລ

September 2012

 

Press Release: Laotian Government Presses Ahead with Land Policy; Signals Commitment to Strengthen Policy Implementation and Securing Rights of Local Communities

Press Release: Laotian Government Presses Ahead with Land Policy; Signals Commitment to Strengthen Policy Implementation and Securing Rights of Local Communities

August 2012

 

As a major international conference opens in Lao PDR, high-level government leaders commit to implement large-scale land reform.

Press Release: New Suite of Research shows Economic, Social, Ecological Benefits when Women’s Rights are Secure; Warns that Asia is Unlikely to Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Critical Role of Women in Asia’s Forests is Recognized

Press Release: New Suite of Research shows Economic, Social, Ecological Benefits when Women’s Rights are Secure; Warns that Asia is Unlikely to Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Critical Role of Women in Asia’s Forests is Recognized

Based on Emerging Trends from Across Asia, Experts Propose New Framework for Improving Gender Justice and Securing Women’s Land Rights

July 2012

 

New research by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals. This suite of analyses, released today at the International Workshop on Gender and Forest Tenure in Asia and Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China, demonstrate that exclusion and inequality on gender grounds are still rife and complicated by the intersection of cultural and social norms, economic pressures, and inadequate legal and institutional frameworks. Authors of the studies call for emerging programs and policies to combat climate change or encourage sustainable development to incorporate lessons learned.

 

Associated Documents

Press Release: New Study Reports Rise in Community Land Rights in Tropical Forests; Yet Most Laws in Asia, Africa Remain either Meaningless or Unenforced

Press Release: New Study Reports Rise in Community Land Rights in Tropical Forests; Yet Most Laws in Asia, Africa Remain either Meaningless or Unenforced

Citing Global Land-Grab, Lack of Action by Authorities in Vulnerable Nations, Authors Warn of Risk to Positive 20-Year Global Trend—Even in Latin America

May 2012

 

New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that hundreds of millions of forest peoples in tropical nations have, in the last 20 years, quietly gained unprecedented legal rights to the land and resources owned under customary law.

 

Associated Documents

Press Release: Direitos comunitários em florestas tropicais aumentam, mas a maioria das leis na Ásia e África  é desrespeitada ou não tem fiscalização Press Release: Direitos comunitários em florestas tropicais aumentam, mas a maioria das leis na Ásia e África é desrespeitada ou não tem fiscalização
Autores alertam que grilagem de terras e falta de ação das autoridades nos países mais vulneráveis ameaçam direitos, inclusive na América Latina
- Rights and Resources
Press Release: RRI Response to Sime Darby February 3rd accusation of 'False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations'

Press Release: RRI Response to Sime Darby February 3rd accusation of "False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations"

February 2012

 

In response to February 3, 2012 press release by Sime Darby Berhard “False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations.” Washington, D.C. - In light of Sime Darby’s February 3rd claims, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has verified all quotes and facts presented in “Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order?”, “Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the fate of customary tenure in Africa,” and the accompanying press release. We stand behind the facts as we originally reported them. These recent analyses provide a rigorous analysis covering 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, showing that there is an almost continent-wide disconnect between what many governments assert they own and what local communities know has been theirs for generations. RRI recognizes and applauds Sime Darby’s ongoing engagement with the rigorous social and environmental standards established by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). RRI looks forward to reporting on the positive benefits accrued by all parties stemming from these interactions. The land rights issues raised in RRI’s analyses, specifically regarding the Sime Darby operations in Liberia, is an exemplary warning of the issues and risks investors in Africa will face unless the rights of local people and communities are respected at the outset of investment deals. RRI supports responsible investment and development, and works closely with local actors to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights respected.

Press Release: Studies Suggest Weak Land Rights Worldwide Promote Land Rush

Press Release: Studies Suggest Weak Land Rights Worldwide Promote Land Rush

February 2012

 

LONDON (1 February 2012)—New studies released in London today suggest that the frenzied sell-off of forests and other prime lands to buyers hungry for the developing world’s natural resources risk sparking widespread civil unrest—unless national leaders and investors recognize the customary rights of millions of poor people who have lived on and worked these lands for centuries.

The Year in Review for Rainforests

The Year in Review for Rainforests

December 2011

 

2011 was designated as "Year of the Forests" by the United Nations. While there was relatively little progress on intergovernmental forest protection programs during the year, a lot happened elsewhere. Included is a look at some of the biggest tropical forest-related news stories for 2011.

Press Release: At Global Forum, Indonesian Government Agrees to Expand Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Forest Communities

Press Release: At Global Forum, Indonesian Government Agrees to Expand Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Forest Communities

July 2011

 

As Indonesian policy lags behind other forest nations in Asia, new research suggests that the implementation of existing forest tenure laws would boost economic health and reduce carbon emissions.

Press Release: Indonesian Government Announces Dramatic Shift in Forest Policy; Signals Commitment to Expand Rights of Communities, Indigenous Peoples

Press Release: Indonesian Government Announces Dramatic Shift in Forest Policy; Signals Commitment to Expand Rights of Communities, Indigenous Peoples

July 2011

 

During his keynote speech given at the Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise Conference in Lombok, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the Indonesian President’s Special Delivery Unit, announced the government’s intention to prioritize the needs of its forest communities and to ―recognize, respect and protect Adat rights,‖ implementing legislation that has been on the books for ten years, but rarely implemented.

Press Release: New Studies Suggest Lack of Meaningful Land Rights Play Key Role in Conflict, Increase in Carbon Emissions from Indonesia’s Forests

Press Release: New Studies Suggest Lack of Meaningful Land Rights Play Key Role in Conflict, Increase in Carbon Emissions from Indonesia’s Forests

July 2011

 

New research released at a high-level forestry conference in Indonesia—opened by Vice President Boediono—suggests that as Asia’s largest forest nation Indonesia is paying a high price for failing to give local communities enforceable rights to contested forests, causing significant economic losses owing to its highly undervalued forestland, and leading it to lose out to regional competitors.

Press Release: New Study Shows Devolving Land Rights to Local Communities Key Factor in Rejuvenating Forests in Tropical Countries

Press Release: New Study Shows Devolving Land Rights to Local Communities Key Factor in Rejuvenating Forests in Tropical Countries

July 2011

 

New research highlights the link between embracing community rights and dramatic gains in forest cover in Asian countries.

Press Release: New Report shows forests provide more livelihood benefits when local forest users have a right to participate in forest governance

Press Release: New Report shows forests provide more livelihood benefits when local forest users have a right to participate in forest governance

March 2011

 

New research highlighted in Science finds that there is a greater likelihood of a forest providing higher subsistence livelihood benefits to local populations, and also having higher levels of biodiversity, when local forest users have a right to participate in forest governance by making rules over the management and use of the forest.

FPP Press Release: World Bank's Forest Climate Fund Sidelines Indigenous Peoples' Rights

FPP Press Release: World Bank's Forest Climate Fund Sidelines Indigenous Peoples' Rights

March 2011

 

A press release for the report "Smoke and Mirrors," by the Forest Peoples Programme and FERN.

PRISMA Press Release: New Report on REDD+ in Mesoamerica

PRISMA Press Release: New Report on REDD+ in Mesoamerica

March 2011

 

A press release for the report "Designing a REDD+ Program that Benefits Forestry Communities in Mesoamerica," published by PRISMA and Grupo Cabal.

New Report Says Forest Land Reform Stagnating, Posing Risks to Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change, Hunger and Poverty

New Report Says Forest Land Reform Stagnating, Posing Risks to Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change, Hunger and Poverty

February 2011

 

LONDON (8 February 2011) —Rapidly-rising food prices and growing demand for all land-based commodities, like palm oil and biofuels, are driving an intensive global land hunt that threatens the rights of hundreds of millions of local people living in tropical forests, according to a report released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)...

Press Release

Press Release

New Study: Mexico’s Forest Communities Excel in Good Management, Outperform Other Strategies for Capturing Carbon to Slow Climate Change

November 2010

 

Fertile Ground for Land Grab in China as Local Middlemen and Global Paper Company Flout Farmers’ Land Rights

Fertile Ground for Land Grab in China as Local Middlemen and Global Paper Company Flout Farmers’ Land Rights

October 2010

 

WASHINGTON, DC/BEIJING, CHINA (7-8 October 2010)—A new study released today in Washington, DC and Beijing suggests that one of the world‟s largest and “greenest” paper companies, in concert with local officials and other middlemen, used illegal means to gain control over thousands of hectares of Chinese forestlands, with a goal of acquiring 120 thousand hectares for a eucalyptus plantation in the Guangxi Autonomous Region of southern China.

Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change Press Release

Fourth Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change Press Release

April 2010

 

On April 6, 2010 the Rights and Resources Initiative gathered forestry leaders in London to draw attention to concerns on the part of forest communities and civil society about lack of transparency in determining the plan and structure for implementing REDD+.

Agenda - Fourth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change

Agenda - Fourth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change

April 2010

 

The agenda and background information for the Fourth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change held April 6, 2010 in London.

The End of the Hinterland Published Press Release

The End of the Hinterland Published Press Release

January 2010

 

The January 2010 report from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), released at an event at Chatham House, concludes that unclear land rights in some countries, coupled with threats from corruption, could block success of the US$3.5 billion pledged for a program to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by preventing the unfettered destruction of tropical forests.

Press Release on Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment Report

Press Release on Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment Report

May 2009

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative released the Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment in May 2009 along with the International Tropical Timber Organization. The report found that governments retain control over the world’s tropical forests’ globally, hindering action to stop deforestation and alleviate poverty among some of the world’s poorest rural peoples.

Press Release on the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway

Press Release on the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway

October 2008

 

The press release for the Rights, Forests, and Climate Change Conference in Oslo, Norway in October 2008 held with Rainforest Foundation Norway. The conference showcased new research on rights-based approaches as necessary and cost-effective strategies for emissions reductions from forests.

Barcelona Press Release October 2008

Barcelona Press Release October 2008

October 2008

 

A statement from the Rights and Resources Initiative, along with the Amazon Alliance and Forest Peoples Programme, regarding the effects of carbon land grabbing on indigenous peoples as a result of REDD.

Press Release for Seeing People through the Trees Report Release

Press Release for Seeing People through the Trees Report Release

July 2008

 

The Rights and Resources Initiative released the Seeing People through the Trees report July 2008. This press release describes release event held in London.

The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea Report Press Release

The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea Report Press Release

June 2008

 

Press release detailing The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea report released in May 2008 by the University of Papua New Guinea Remote Sensing Centre with Phil Shearman as lead author.