Tested, cost-effective and practical: Securing the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is a key solution to climate change

On the occasion of Earth Day 2017, the Land Rights Now Movement mobilised from 22-29 April linking up with other movements and initiatives and calling upon thousands of individuals and organisations to stand up and act together to show that secure land rights are central to fighting climate change.

As part of the mobilisation, the Movement has come out with 3 key recommendations in the policy brief "Tested, cost-effective and practical: Securing the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is a key solution to climate change". 

Read more about why securing land rights is so KEY for fighting climate change and reducing carbon emissions, with several examples from around the world.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • GOVERNMENTS should include actions for securing indigenous and community land rights in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CORPORATIONS should include actions for securing indigenous and community land rights in their climate, environmental, and social policies, and comply with them across their operations.
  • GLOBAL BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL CLIMATE FINANCE INITIATIVES like the Green Climate Fund should ensure protection of land rights, expand funding streams for tenure reform, provide direct access to Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and recognise their rights in safeguards.