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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Building resilient mechanisms for inclusive and accountable local land governance

In 2013, Duah village in Liberia faced a serious challenge. Private company Lion Growth Ltd. was interested in the acquisition of Duah customary land. Duah’s local leaders struck a deal with the company without consulting the community. As a result, Duah community mobilised and rallied around...

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Marginalised Dalit community negotiates relocation away from flood-prone area

The village of Semra, populated by marginalised Dalit households, is located in a flood-prone area. Since 2007 the Social Development Foundation (SDF) has worked in the Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh to develop democratic community institutions comprising women and men from marginalised...

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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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Regularisation of community and privately-owned land

Community-based management of communal land is one of the biggest challenges for indigenous peasants in Bolivia. Often the State considers the regularisation of land ownership as a technical-administrative task and loses sight of its social dimension. This case shows that when the regularisation...

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Indigenous Peoples Secretariat key ally in demarcation and titling of indigenous territories

The Land Administration Project (PRODEP) was designed to develop the legal and institutional framework for the administration of land property rights in Nicaragua, including those of indigenous peoples. Thanks to the political commitment of the government and the involvement of indigenous...

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Community resists expansion of agribusiness thanks to organic farming

The community of Monseñor Romero is located in the coastal area of Guatemala, a region characterised by large-scale monocultures of sugar cane, banana and oil palm. To diversify income sources, improve land fertility and resist the expansion of large-scale agriculture, the community complemented...

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