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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Indigenous communities successfully claim right to free, prior and informed consent

The Toledo and Stann Creek districts in Southern Belize, and the Sarstoon-Temash National Park in particular, are home to Indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people. Since 2006, these peoples are confronted with oil exploration and drilling in the park. The communities have...

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Communal Land Associations claim compensations for investments in their territories

Half of the total land area of Karamoja, a sub-region in Uganda, is held by communities on a customary basis. These communal lands are not demarcated or registered and are prone to land grabbing, mostly for tourism or mining. The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) has empowered communities to assert...

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Dialogue between indigenous peoples, criollo settlers and the state resolves land conflict

The relationship between indigenous peoples and criollo settlers, living in northern Salta, Argentina, has always been contentious. Incompatible strategies of natural resource use and different legal frameworks prevented them from living together harmoniously. A conflict with the state came on...

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Innovative contractual arrangement for community-based management of pastureland improves livelihoods and reduces degradation

The 200,000 herder households of Mongolia – representing more than 20% of the population –manage around 45 million livestock heads. The public pasturelands they use are at high risk of soil degradation. Over the past decade, JASIL has successfully experimented with, and implemented, a model for...

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Participatory mapping of customary forest use to influence spatial planning

Participatory mapping of customary land and forest use has proven to be an effective tool to empower indigenous peoples in view of claiming access rights to natural resources. The tool also has the potential to influence local spatial planning. This case study describes the positive and negative...

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