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 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.
On June 17, we released an updated version of our policy brief on why land-related indicators should be included in the United Nation’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Read the latest version in English here. The original policy brief, released earlier this year in April, is available in English, French or Spanish.
To learn more about our International Conference on Scaling-up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights - the kickoff event of our Global Call to Action – click here or watch this video.