The lack of clarity and recognition of community land and resource rights across the developing world has become a global crisis undermining progress on social and economic development, human rights, peace, food security, environmental conservation, and our ability to confront and adapt to climate change. Ownership of roughly one-half of the rural, forest and dryland areas of the developing world is contested, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of over two billion people. These lands, which contain the soil, water, carbon, and mineral resources that the future of all humanity depends upon, are the primary targets of rapidly expanding investments in industrial agribusiness, mining, oil and gas, and hydro-electric production.
in calling for a doubling of the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2018
Learn more about our International Conference on Community Land and Resource Rights, which was held on September 19 and 20, 2013, in Interlaken, Switzerland. For conference coverage, click here.
Learn more about why we think secure community land rights are so vital (2 minute video)
See what happens when all those with an interest in land and resources work together (5 minute video)
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