Brownbag lunch: Protecting community rights over land and environment in fragile and conflict-affected states

Land gives life and land, for many people around the world, is worth dying for. A combination of two factors—increased investment interest in natural resources, and widespread insecurity of local land rights—has led to exploitation, conflict, and shortsighted land use decisions.

Vivek Maru will describe three approaches for empowering communities in the protection of their rights over natural resources: documenting community land claims and strengthening local land governance in Liberia, Uganda, and Mozambique; renegotiating inequitable and fraudulent agreements with a large agribusiness project in Sierra Leone; and seeking enforcement of environmental law against a massive port complex in Kutch, India.

He will suggest insights that emerge from these experiences for land and environmental policy, and for World Bank practice.

The event will be livestreamed at

Date: March 14, 2013

Time: 12:30pm-2pm

Venue: World Bank MC C2 131

For more information on how to attend, please contact Khadija Shaikh at kshaikh (at) worldbank (dot) org.

March 12, 2013 | Namati