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To save the climate, recognise our land rights, indigenous leaders tell summit

Tuntiak Katan

The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, a coalition of organisations representing Indigenous and local communities from Brazil, Indonesia and the nations of the Amazon and Mesoamerica, has called for the recognition of the ancestral and traditional peoples’ lands. Tuntiak Katan, coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities The call was made on Thursday, April 22, 2021 during the Leaders’ ...

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Where and why land conflicts occur in Africa, by study

Andy White

Sixty-three percent of disputes related to private sector land and natural resource investments in Africa began when communities were forced to leave their lands, according to new research released in Dakar, Senagal on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by TMP Systems and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). “African governments are competing for investment to spur economic development and improve living ...

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Death threats in Peruvian Amazon as community sues government over land rights

Canoeing in the Amazon river

Leaders of the Shipibo indigenous village of Santa Clara de Uchunya, accompanied by their representative organisation FECONAU, filed a constitutional law suit challenging Peru’s regional government authorities for failing to secure legal protection of their traditional lands and enabling its acquisition and clearance by an international agribusiness company. Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC, an agribusiness company affiliated to the Melka commercial ...

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Report explores ways to achieve sustainability, protect Colombian Amazon

Colombian Amazon

Secure territorial rights of indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge must be central to post-conflict initiatives to save the Colombian Amazon and achieve sustainable development, says a study A new report “Deforestation and Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Colombian Amazon” co-published by social justice and environmental NGO DEDISE and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) underlines the critical role of secure land and ...

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Livelihoods, forests at risk if land rights are ignored, says report

Mike Taylor

Indigenous Peoples and local communities protect half the world’s land, but formally own just 10 percent, according to a report released today by a global alliance of NGOs. The Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, backed by more than 300 organisations all over the world, was on Wednesday launched with the publication of a new report. Entitled ...

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Cameroon activist pursued by courts amid interferance in legal process


An internationally-renowned environmental human rights defender, Nasako Besingi, is being pursued in the courts in Cameroon for defending his own community’s land rights. However, the company he is peacefully protesting against is seeking favourable treatment from the state for its own lawsuits, according to new evidence obtained by Greenpeace Africa and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). Besingi had his pending ...

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