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Land & Natural Resources

September 16, 2016

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

by Dorian Martinez in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

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…

August 14, 2016

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

by Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

August 1, 2016

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…

June 7, 2016

Mining is in the Way of Adivasi Forest Rights, Not the Other Way Round

by Kanchi Kohli in Environment, Land & Natural Resources

In February 2016, reports emerged of the startling and potentially illegal decision by the Sarguja district authorities in Chhattisgarh state, India to revoke the community forest rights titles of Ghatbarra village. The reason stated in an official letter, dated January 8, 2016, was that the exercise of these rights was coming in the way of…

April 13, 2016

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

April 13, 2016

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

April 5, 2016

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research, Women

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights. It is our hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land…

March 5, 2016

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

March 4, 2016

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Over 70 families in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to…

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…

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