Pakistan

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Pakistan

Land in Pakistan is highly concentrated, which is source of poverty and instability in the country. Land is considered the principal asset in the rural economy, but unequal access to land and inefficient systems of water management have contributed to land degradation, poverty and instability. In Pakistan, 63% of the total population is rural and 43% is landless and lacks access to water or an irrigation system.

The Constitution in Pakistan established that all laws must be aligned with the Qur’an. The constitution recognized the right to acquire, hold and dispose of property for every citizen. There are several formal laws governing land tenure in Pakistan, mostly concerning land transactions and registration. Customary laws differ among provinces and geographical subdivisions and are enforced by local tribunals.

Land disputes in Pakistan are prevalent in rural areas. A revenue court system resolves land conflicts related to land documentation, tenancy, land revenues and transactions; the court is also designed to provide local and rapid solutions for land conflicts. However, these entities have receive significant criticism for corruption as well as the complexity and time consuming nature of the system. 

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    Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

    The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen, with support from Daniel Babare and Myat Noe (LLB Students, University of Groningen). The indicators assess national laws in 50 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America against international standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement as established by Section 16 of the VGGTs.

    Each indicator relates to a principle established in section 16 of the VGGTs. Hold the mouse against the small "i" button above for a more detailed explanation of the indicator.

    Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.

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    Flickr Pakistan forest
    2 August 2017
    Pakistan

    LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to lease a total of 99,077 acres of land in 187 forest lots of various sizes in four districts of South Punjab to the investors for 15 years for commercial forestry.

    This was revealed by Awais Leghari, Chairman, South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC), while addressing a press conference at the office of SPFC here Monday. He gave an overview of SPFC and its initiative to promote afforestation in South Punjab under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

    27 February 2017
    Pakistan

    By:MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN KHAN 

    Date: February 2017

    Source: Dawn

    SHRINKING riverine and inland forests have significantly reduced production and supply of wood required for soil fertility, livestock’s fodder, firewood and a growing furniture market.

    27 January 2017
    Pakistan

    Date: 27 January 2017

    Source: Daily Times

    The South Punjab Minorities Land Rights Forum on Thursday pointed out residential and agricultural land issues, saying the minorities were forced to vacate lands where they had memories of their childhood and origin despite being the indigenous people of the land.

    Indigenous representatives campaign to draw attention to the plight of tribes facing climate change at the conference in Paris last year. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
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    Global leaders must acknowledge that land and forests owned and managed by local communities are more likely to prevent deforestation and deliver greater carbon storage

    In my native Colombia, the cloud forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta have been described as holding the most important concentration of threatened wildlife on Earth. These forests are also the ancestral home of the Koguis, an indigenous group now numbering around 10,000 individuals.

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    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2016

    Water scarcity and land degradation are emerging threats to global food production. The dry land regions of world are affected by climate change to a greater extent and facing food insecurity. The current pattern of food production has been estimated to be inadequate to meet demands of growing population and required around 38% increase to meet world`s food demands by 2025. Food insecurity in erosion hit dry land regions of Pakistan also demands development of resource-efficient cropping systems to meet the food needs of population growing.

    Reports & Research
    December 2016

    Meeting Name: International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    Meeting symbol/code: IT/ACSU-3/16/3
    Session: Sess. 3