Community Land Mapping in Liberia on Film
The work of Namati’s Liberian partner, the Sustainable Development Institute, has been captured on film by the climate change campaign organisation If Not Us Then Who. Made by Handcrafted Films for their Inspirational People strand, the short film shows the community mapping that rural people use to begin the process of protecting their lands. In a country where over half…
Namati’s Paralegals at Work
We have produced a brochure about the impact of our work around the world. It features photographs of the paralegals who are making a difference to some of the world’s great justice issues.
News from our Global Land Protection Work
Namati’s Community Land Protection Program has published its summer 2014 newsletter. It contains updates on the program, details of some of our policy victories, news of how we are collaborating with groups around the world and a range of useful resources.
Namati Objects to WB ‘Turning Back Clock” on Land Rights
Namati has joined with a group of civil society organizations to object to proposed policy changes at the World Bank that will weaken protections for indigenous people when the Bank funds development projects.
Secure Forest Rights Help Combat Climate Change
A new report from the global environmental research organisation, World Resources Institute, finds that strengthening communities’ forest rights reduces emissions and deforestation.
The International Rule of Law Movement
Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, has written a chapter for a new book: The International Rule of Law Movement – A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward. Vivek’s chapter is entitled Legal Empowerment and the Land Rush: Three Struggles.
New Report: Building Strategies for Community Land and Natural Resource Protection
In November 2013, Namati and Natural Justice co-hosted the Africa Regional Symposium for Community Land and Natural Resources Protection. Participants included more than 20 advocates from across Africa, chosen for their extraordinary efforts supporting communities to protect their lands and resources. We are pleased to announce that the symposium report is now available for download.
Global Forest Watch alerts forest-dependent communities of violations
A partnership convened by the World Resources Institute has developed an online forest monitoring and alert system, Global Forest Watch. Intended to empower forest-dependent communities to track daily activity on their land and alert them to potential deforestation or other violations, Global Forest Watch is also a crowdsourcing platform that sources some of its data from community documentation of local violations.
“It takes a village” to protect a woman’s land
A forthcoming article by Rachael Knight and co-author Marianna Bicchieri, Chief Technical Advisor on land and gender at the Food and Agricultural Organization, points to the importance of addressing women’s land rights at the community-level, rather than solely through individual land titling.
Namati’s Burma program nominated in the Classy Awards
Namati’s work in Burma providing legal assistance and advice to farmers facing a new land registration law has been recognised in the annual CLASSY Awards. The Burma program’s work was named as a ‘Top 5’ nominee in the category ‘Livelihood Development and Quality of Life’.