Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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Leading case secures recognition of indigenous people’s land rights

In October 2000, Saramaka authorities presented a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights claiming that Suriname had not recognized their territorial rights by granting logging and mining concessions on their lands without consultation or their consent. The issue was addressed...

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District-wide movement achieves recognition of community forest rights

The struggle of 125 Adivasi and Dalit families of the Doliambo village in Odisha, led to the legal recognition of their entitlement to their ancestral land and forests, denied to them since colonial times. Historically, marginalised and poor forest dependent...

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Sustainable forest management ties indigenous group together against eviction threats

In order to oppose logging activities in their territories (on-going since 1968)  and an attempt of eviction by the State (in 1992), the indigenous people of Huay Hin Lad Nai village, Northern Thailand, have established traditional forest management techniques...

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Participatory Forest Management is up-scaled in national policies

Forestry in Mongolia has been undergoing major changes since the 1990s. The country faces challenges in protecting its shrinking forest area with limited administrative resources. FAO has piloted Participatory Forest Management (PFM), which supports the local...

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Pastoralists re-establish traditional ecosystems and customary grazing rights

More than 600 Gujjar agro-pastoralist families - due for relocation from the vicinity of the Sariska Tiger Reserve Protected Area in the Alwar district - took the lead in engaging with state actors to claim their grazing and traditional water harvesting rights and preserve the Oran - a...

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Community-led restoration of forest resources improves community cohesion and livelihoods

Since 1987, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) has worked in central Odisha to strengthen traditional systems of forest protection and restoration. FES’ intervention has contributed to the development of community-based forest management institutions in the Angul District. These...

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