Community Land Protection

February 23, 2016

The Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide

by Namati's Community Land Protection Team in Community Land Protection, Resources & Research

Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their customary claims and rights to land and natural resources. After years of working with partner organizations around the world to support communities to protect their land rights, Namati has developed a comprehensive, five-part approach…

December 2, 2015

New online interactive map helps Indigenous peoples and communities assert land rights

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

LandMark is a new online mapping platform that provides critical information on the collective land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world. The interactive, global map is designed to increase the visibility of indigenous and community lands and present crucial information on the state of land rights. LandMark currently provides…

July 30, 2015

15 Organizations Fighting for Land

by Paul McCann in Community Land Protection

The anti-hunger NGO Food Tank has profile of the 15 global organizations working “to protect the land rights of farmers and their communities and bring greater transparency to development projects”. The list includes Namati, Landesa and the International Land Coalition. Read the full list on Food Tank’s website.

July 24, 2015

Oxfam employs Namati land model in Kenya and Nepal

by Namati in Community Land Protection

Oxfam UK and Namati are teaming up to provide the ‘weapons’ to protect community land in Nepal and Kenya. Through the UK Government-funded Community Land Rights Programme Oxfam is applying the Namati model to support rural people to map community lands, build inclusive management of resources, facilitate the resolution of land disputes, and gain legal protection over their lands. Read the full blog by…

May 5, 2015

“We are looking at gold and calling it rock”

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection

Originally published for the World Bank’s People, Space, Deliberation blog, Namati Community Land Protection Program Director, Rachael Knight, presents Namati’s approach for supporting communities to calculate the replacement costs of their communal lands and natural resources. Communal land, forests, and water sources are essential to the survival of many communities around the world. However, investors…

April 22, 2015

New International Legal Support for Resource Justice Organizations

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research

The rising global appetite for natural resources has made community land protection an urgent challenge of our time. In the week when we celebrate our shared planet for Earth Day, now is a fitting time to think of the millions whose lands and environment are being harmed by escalating resource exploitation – and consider how…

April 14, 2015

Namati at the World Bank Land & Poverty Conference 2015

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection

Rachael Knight, program director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, presented details of Namati’s land protection work at the 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Rachael spoke in a session entitled Scaling up Strategies to Secure Indigenous and Community Land Rights.

March 17, 2015

Videos on Community Land Protection

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

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…

March 17, 2015

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

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…

March 2, 2015

Under Which Law?

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Land Protection, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

Originally published on the blog, Namati’s Kanchi Kohli examines a representation of a village’s response when the gram sabha’s consent is sought for a mining project. The story is a part-fictionalized account that brings together real experiences with Gram Sabhas (village assemblies) in various different contexts. So the names of the village, panchayat and the characters have all…

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