Global Strategies for
Strengthening Community Land Rights
Bellagio Center, Italy
19-21 March 2013
In recognition of the growing threat to local peoples, the ecosystems they manage, and their social and economic development posed by fast accelerating large-scale land acquisitions and industrial investments, environmental degradation and persistent land tenure insecurity, participants representing a diverse group of development, conservation and human rights organizations and networks supporting the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities met in Bellagio, Italy on 19-21 March 2013 to:
As participants at the meeting on Strengthening Community Land Rights held in Bellagio, Italy on 19-21 March 2013, convened by Rights and Resources Initiative, International Land Coalition Secretariat and Oxfam International, we believe that the unprecedented threats to the tenure security of millions of the world’s poor, concurrent with a growing awareness of the importance of land rights to development, food security, environmental stewardship, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and other global challenges make this an important moment to give much greater global attention to secure community rights to land and natural resources.
Conscious that securing tenure rights of rural communities and Indigenous Peoples over their lands and natural resources is critical for poverty alleviation, dignified lives, cultural survival, social cohesion, and ecosystem sustainability, we agreed to:
We are thankful to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center for hosting and supporting this meeting, and to the convening organizations for the opportunity to support rural communities’ efforts to ensure their land and resources rights are respected.
Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative
Director of Global Programs, Rights and Resources Initiative
Land Policy Advisor, Oxfam International
Global Policy Programme Manager, International Land Coalition Secretariat
Senior Advisor for Social Policy, IUCN
Tony La Viña
Dean, Ateneo School of Government
Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
Acting Director, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute
Richard Chase Smith
Executive Director, Instituto del Bien Común, Perú
Executive Director, TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), Philippines
Executive Director, Maliasili Initiatives
Michael Ochieng Odhiambo
Director, People, Land and Rural Development, Kenya
Liz Alden Wily
Independent Land Tenure Expert, Kenya and Fellow, Rights and Resources Initiative
Director, Community Land Protection Program, Namati
Director, Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones Científicas Sinchi, Colombia
Ghan Shyam Pandey
Coordinator, Global Alliance of Community Forestry, Nepal
Secretary General, Center for Environment and Development, Cameroon
Senior Advisor in Sustainable Land Management, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
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