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Protecting Community Lands — Everything We Know in a New Guide!

We are thrilled to launch an important new resource for frontline land rights advocates around the world: the Community Land Protection Facilitators’ Guide. After years of working with partners to support communities to protect their land rights, today we are sharing what we’ve learned. This Facilitators’ Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities to map their boundaries, adopt equitable rules for land governance, and secure legal tenure.

The guide details a five-part process for protecting community lands and examines questions like: “Who is included or excluded when defining a ‘community’?”“How to resolve longstanding boundary disputes?”, and “How can communities prepare for interactions with potential investors?” The guide goes beyond documentation to address issues of women’s land rights, inclusive governance, cultural revitalization, ecosystem regeneration, and more. Every chapter includes exercises, sample forms, and tips from veteran land protection advocates. All activities are easily adaptable to a range of cultures, contexts, and community goals.

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Thank you for being a part of our vibrant network of grassroots advocates. Working together, we can protect community lands, create more just, equitable societies, and preserve ecological and cultural diversity for future generations.

Additional Resources for Community Land Rights Advocates

Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa: Case Studies of Advocates’ Strategies & Lessons

This new book by leading African land rights advocates highlights successful strategies for protecting communities’ land rights in the face of extraordinary challenges. Download the book to celebrate and learn from the pioneering work of these courageous land rights champions!

Blogs Posts Describing Community Land Protection in Action
Learn more about Namati’s work with our community land protection partners:

Interactive Global Map of Indigenous and Community Lands
Access and share information on the collective land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities with LandMark, an interactive online map produced by a vibrant coalition of community groups and land rights organizations.

Online Database of Land-based Investment Contracts
Examine sample contracts collected by, a database designed to promote greater transparency of land-based investments – and apply for a $10,000 grant to support innovative uses of the database.

“Territories of Life” Video of Legal Strategies for Land Protection
Watch communities share experiences of using national and international law to resist the takeover of their indigenous lands in a new Video Toolkit produced by LifeMosaic.

Join the global campaign to double the area of land recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020 –  Sign up today!

February 29, 2016 | Namati Author

Region: > Global