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 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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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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Negotiation of communal land ownership of an abandoned coffee plantation

The community of La Florida in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, successfully occupied and became owner of an abandoned coffee plantation. Between 2002 and 2004 they negotiated communal ownership with the Fondo de Tierras (State Land Fund), the Ministry for Agriculture, the private owners and banks....

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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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