Global Land News


Every week, we collect the latest on land and environmental justice from a wide range of sources. These stories share challenges and victories from the local to the global.


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Cambodia: Gov’t Moves to Resolve Land Disputes Ahead of Election

October 13, 2017
in: Community Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Land Dispute

The government has touted its progress in resolving land disputes between sugar plantation firms and affected residents in a meeting with European Union officials. The attempt to highlight the positives of government policy in land disputes in Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces came after the authorities suspended the operations of NGO Equitable Cambodia, which researched and advocated for the land rights of victims of sugar plantations.

Global: Role of Secure Tenure Rights in Eradicating Hunger, Poverty

October 12, 2017
in: Community Rights, Food Security, Indigenous, Land Titles, Legislation

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union co-hosted a high-level event noting that more needs to be done in land tenure governance.

Argentina: Macri Investment Push Intensifies Land Conflicts

October 11, 2017
in: Conflict, Corporate Social Responsibility, Indigenous, Land Dispute, Legislation, Natural Resources

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“I would like to ask President Mauricio Macri and all his ministers: where is Santiago Maldonado?” the 28-year-old activist’s brother Sergio asked at a rally in which thousands filled the main square of Buenos Aires this month. His disappearance, after a confrontation between security forces and protesters, evokes memories of the country’s brutal military dictatorship in the 1980s. But it has also exposed long-simmering land conflicts between indigenous people and foreign investors.

Global: 2017 on Course to be Deadliest on Record for Land Defenders

October 11, 2017
in: Community Rights, Conflict, Corporate Social Responsibility, Indigenous, Mining, Natural Resources

The number of people killed this year while defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife has passed 150 – meaning 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year on record. Environmental activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are locked in fierce conflicts with mining, logging and agricultural companies in hundreds of places around the world. The Guardian is working with watchdog Global Witness to record all the deaths in 2017, and this week that figure reached 153 with a spate of killings across three continents.

Global: Giving Indigenous People Land Rights is a No-Brainer for Fighting Climate Change

October 10, 2017
in: Community Rights, Conservation, Forest, Indigenous, Mapping

Millions of people live in the world’s remaining forests, and evidence is mounting that indigenous communities are not only the best managers of the land, but are indispensable allies in the climate fight. Most of the world’s forest-rich countries have been battling with deforestation and land conflicts for decades. But only now, encouraged by mounting evidence, are international donors and leaders recognizing that when it comes to forests, climate action and land tenure are two sides of the same coin.

Thailand: Jailed for resistance – Forest Community Fights in the Face of Eviction

September 22, 2017
in: Community Rights, Conflict, Eviction, Forest, Land Titles, Legislation

A land rights activist whose husband was disappeared last year is serving a six-month sentence in prison for resisting the military junta’s reforestation policy. Despite continued community organization, her fellow community members continue to dwindle, fearing they may end up in her place.

Tanzania: Confronting Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

September 21, 2017
in: Accountability, Community Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Legislation, Natural Resources

These investor-state claims are being brought at a time when the Tanzanian government is seeking to balance a complex and evolving set of obligations and priorities. In recent years, the government has actively sought to promote large-scale agricultural investments and to revise its national land policy…Communities affected by large-scale investments are feeling increasing pressures; land grievances stemming at least in part from inadequate protection of local land rights and lack of meaningful consultation of affected communities continue to create or exacerbate land-related disputes, some of which have given rise to local unrest and violence.

Global: Land Defenders Call on UN to Act Against Violence by State-Funded and Corporate Groups

September 21, 2017
in: Accountability, Community Rights, Conflict, Conservation, Legislation, Natural Resources

Thirty nine grassroots groups from Africa, Latin America and Asia, many of whose leaders have been killed or forced to flee for protesting the theft of land, big dams mines and forest destruction, say their fight to protect natural resources is becoming too dangerous.

Liberia: CSO Group Wants Land Rights Act Amendment Before Passage

September 18, 2017
in: Community Rights, Customary Law, Gender, Legislation

In a press statement over the weekend, the group noted that the current draft, if passed without revisiting several contentious issues, would go against both the letter and spirit of the Land Rights Policy of 2013, and further undermines peace, reconciliation, and development for years to come.

Global: How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

September 15, 2017

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