Manonkoh Village achieves partial victory with London Mining Company
Following two years of challenging negotiations, residents of Sierra Leone’s Manonkoh village have signed an MOU with the London Mining Company. The MOU calls for LMC to provide humanitarian assistance to the village as reparations for lost livelihoods due to flooding. Since July, Namati and the Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food have worked with the villagers to seek legal recourse.
Namati Partner, Silas Siakor, Honored with Environmental and Human Rights Activism Award
Namati partner, Silas Siakor, was honored with the Alexander Soros Foundation’s Award for Extraordinary Achievement in in Environmental and Human Rights Activism.
Empowering Communities to Document and Protect Land Claims: A Potential Solution to the Global Land Grab?
Community Land Protection Program Director, Rachael Knight, argues in TerraNullius that supporting community land documentation processes offers a potential solution to the global land grab.
Report Launch: Protecting Community Lands and Resources
This report presents the results of a two year study on community land titling – a potential solution to the global land grab. The study uncovered an effective and cost-efficient process to help rural communities work together to document and protect their lands and natural resources. The report is produced by Namati, IDLO, SDI (Liberia), CTV (Mozambique), and LEMU (Uganda).
Uncommon Swing for Commons
States in India are moving to strengthen the power of villages over their common lands, in response in part to a 2011 judgment from the Supreme Court. Here’s an article in Down to Earth, and a report from Foundation for Environmental Security. Safeguarding commons is a key priority of Namati’s community land
A Letter to Rio+20: Sustainable Development Isn’t Possible Without Land Rights
Namati CEO, Vivek Maru, and Rights and Resources Initiative Coordinator, Andy White, argue that community land rights and protection are crucial to sustainable development. As it stands now, these rights are ommitted from the Rio+20 Conference Resolution, putting billions of vulnerable people further at risk.
Comparing Developing Countries’ Legislation on Forest Tenure Rights
The Rights and Resources Initiative released a comprehensive report of Indigenous and community forest tenure rights. The report, issued for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, stresses that land rights are an effective tool for poverty eradication and development.
Roundtable Discussion: Community Land Rights
On April 24th, 2012, Namati hosted a Roundtable Discussion on the critical challenges surrounding the protection of community land rights.
Women, Natural Resources, and Peacebuilding: Exploring the Connections
Community Land Protection Program Director, Rachael Knight, recently spoke at a United Nations panel focusing on the intersection of gender, natural resource management, and peacebuilding.
In Liberia, A Nobel Laureate’s Problem
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.