From Risk and Conflict to Peace and Prosperity

The urgency of securing community land rights in a turbulent world

Amid the realities of major political turbulence, there was growing recognition in 2016 that the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are key to ensuring peace and prosperity, economic development, sound investment, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Despite equivocation by governments, a critical mass of influential investors and companies now recognize the market rationale for respecting community land rights. There is also increased recognition that ignoring these rights carries significant financial and reputational risks; causes conflict with local peoples; and almost always fails to deliver on development promises.