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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LEARN, SHARE AND BE INSPIRED: Learning from the Database of Good Practices - Diverse Tenure Systems

ILC’s Commitment 3 seeks to recognise and protect diverse tenure and production systems upon which people's livelihoods depend, including communal and customary tenure systems of smallholders, indigenous peoples,...

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Protecting forests and securing customary rights through Community Forest Governance

Indigenous Peoples play a crucial role in defending and protecting their forest land rights. The passing of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 is a positive step towards the recognition of...

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Trocaire - Odisha-Women_Caption Tribal women in Odisha. Photographer Justin Kernoghan

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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Women shout slogans during a protest rally in Gandhinagar on 18 June 2013. The protesters, mainly farmers, were protesting against the Gujarat government’s decision to develop Mandal-Becharaji as a special investment region (SIR)

Women and youth protests revert land dispossession by the State

In September 2012, the Government of Gujarat announced the creation of the Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region (MB SIR). By covering 44 agricultural villages, the project would have caused the loss of livelihood to 60,000 people dependent on land. Two...

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Creating a grassroots institution for common forest resources management

Started in 1997 as an informal network of Forest Protection Committees, Van Utthan Sansthan (VUS) protects and manages 67,000 hectares of forestland in more than 240 villages in Udaipur (Rajasthan, India) under Joint Forest Management (JFM). VUS successfully engages tribal communities to work...

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