“Wheels of Hope” motorbike campaign tackles unlawful occupation of common land in India

Some 78% of the grazing commons in the state of Gujarat have been acquired by investors and other actors, restricting access for local land users. Local NGO Maldhari Rural Action Group (MARAG) worked with local communities to launch “Wheels of Hope”, a motorbike campaign that covered a distance of 1,200km, nine districts, and twenty five blocks in eight days, targeting the community development blocks with the highest rates of encroachment and acquisition of common land. Through the campaign, local communities established that rights over the commons belong to those who depend on them for their livelihoods.

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Location: 
Gujarat, India