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Namati's Community Land Protection Articles

Namati’s Community Land Protection Program team use journalism and advocacy as part of their work.

Here is a collection of all their articles.

Struggles in Suriname: Learning from Namati’s Community Land Rights Database

September 16, 2016

In January 2016, a headline grabbed me. After several months of volunteering with Namati’s Community Land Rights CaseBase, I came across news of an important legal victory for indigenous land rights in Suriname, a country I knew virtually nothing about. I had been collecting case law concerning community and indigenous land rights from across Latin…

Videos on Community Land Protection

March 17, 2015
in Community / Customary Land Rights, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

March 17, 2015
in Community / Customary Land Rights, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

Mapping Community Lands Requires Accountable Land Governance

March 24, 2014

Many within the global development community have begun to advocate for rapid campaigns to map, document and protect community lands as the global land grab appropriates land from rural communities at an unprecedented pace. Community land documentation efforts (which document the perimeter of a community according to customary or indigenous boundaries) can be a low-cost,…

In Liberia, A Nobel Laureate’s Problem

January 24, 2012

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Namati’s Rachael Knight and Silas Siakor of the Sustainable Development Institute shed light on the land concession practices of the Johnson Sirleaf administration in Liberia.