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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Payment for ecosystem services connects urban community with indigenous people

In 2011, Typhoon Washi devastated the city of Cagayan de Oro and prompted institutions to employ sustainable mechanisms for disaster risk reduction and management. One of the projects introduced was the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), an alternative sustainable financial mechanism, in Mt....

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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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Activating the National Human Rights Commission to secure land and homes for Muhasar people

The Social Development Foundation (SDF) sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India to solicit food and housing rights for the Muhasars, one of the poorest Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Udayapura village, Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to continuous advocacy during four years, the...

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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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Legal competitions as a tool for awareness raising

The Transitional Programme of Post-Conflict Reconstruction (PTRPC), implemented by the Government of Burundi and financed by IFAD, has provided legal support to poor rural communities. Working towards the goals of peace, economic empowerment and access to rights for women, PTRPC implemented a...

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Linking national and international campaigns helps reverting land grab

In March 2011, 769 families from fourteen Q’eqchi communities were evicted from the Polochic Valley, Guatemala, to allow further expansion of sugar cane plantations. Through its international CRECE (“Grow”) campaign, Oxfam supported the national organization Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC -...

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