9. Effective actions against land grabbing

Prevent and remedy land grabbing, respecting traditional land use rights and local livelihoods, and ensuring that all large-scale initiatives that involve the use of land, water and other natural resources comply with human rights and environmental obligations and are based on: the free, prior and informed consent of existing land users; a thorough assessment of economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts with respect to both women and men; democratic planning and independent oversight; and transparent contracts that respect labour rights, comply with social and fiscal obligations and are specific and binding on the sharing of responsibilities and benefits. Where adverse impacts on human rights and legitimate tenure rights have occurred, concerned actors should provide for, and cooperate in, impartial and competent mechanisms to provide remedy, including through land restitution and compensation.

  • Indonesia

    In Indonesia, our members are consolidating civil society campaigns to push for safeguards in the Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI) – land allocated for large scale investments using natural resources

  • Cambodia

    In Cambodia, our members are advocating for the Government's compliance on laws related to Social Land Concessions (SLCs) andland granted to displaced and poor families. Members are also conducting training courses on land governance regulations, developing materials, research studies, and radio talk shows to raise public awareness

  • India

    In India, members are reviewing land acquisition laws and policies to raise awareness on large scale land acquisitions and related evictions in order to advocate for consent, compensation, or respect for land ceiling laws prior to displacement

  • South Sudan

    In South Sudan, members are  setting up an observatory on land grabbing and are lobbying with political local leaders and chiefs for the inclusion of land users in large scale land acquisition processes

  • Malawi

    In Malawi, members are  supporting community efforts by building the capacity of vulnerable people to seek justice on any dubious land transaction in their communities

  • Guatemala

    In Guatemala,  rural communities affected by land grabbing are supported in the processes that recognize their rights to resettlement, in dignity and with security, and have eventually been granted access to their land

Regional Initiatives

Common Action Facing Land Grabbing in Asia

  • Influencing Policy Making Processes at National Level Through IGO/INGO institution and CSO’s Alliance
  • Developing People Awareness on Land Grabbing through popular campaigns
  • Developing common regional standards on safeguards in regulating investments operation
  • Providing legal aid and service on land conflicts and rapid response through a Caucus supporting at the national level: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Bangladesh
  • Establishing informal network ‘caucus’ of ILC members that will identify a team of lawyers, activists, researchers, on Human Rights Defenders on land in Asia that can be mobilized when needed immediate response
  • Building capcities to protect against land grabbing through training at National level for local leaders in CSOs, women, IPs, and govt in 4 countries: India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh

Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point

Collecting and systematising information on land transactions in Latin America.

Global Policy

During the Assembly of Members in Tirana in 2011, ILC members defined the first widely-used definition of land grabbing. By clearly defining the term, ILC members were not only able to collectively denounce land-grabbing but also to begin to work together systematically to prevent it, as well as to open spaces for constructive debates on what investments should instead be doing so as to create opportunity for real and meaningful local benefit.

In order to explore how to best support ILC members' collaborative efforts to prevent land grabbing, ILC will follow a staged approach to build on existing initiatives and learn from them, with a strong focus on involving interested members in defining the way forward here. There is interest from members in a facility on land and investment that would support rural communities to interact with the corporate sector, participate in due diligence exercises related to land-based investment, participate in learning exchanges and get exposure to national and international grievance mechanisms

ILC will adapt to the interest and demands of members to find the best possible way to facilitating members' collaboration under this area.

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