commons

The term commons is most frequently used to refer to those natural resources that are held in common by a community.

ACIN activists rush an injured man to a hospital after being attacked by Colombian police. | Photo: Twitter / Congreso de los Pueblos
11 May 2017
Colombia

Colombia’s Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN, announced in a press release on Tuesday that recent police aggression involving a firearm resulted in one death and two injuries. 

ACIN claims three police trucks approached a “Liberation of Mother Earth” action in Corinto, dedicated to promoting environmentalism and Indigenous people’s rights to their ancestral lands, and opened fire. 

10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017

Location

Utrecht
Netherlands
NL
Global

Welcome to IASC’s XVIth Biennial Conference in Utrecht in 2017! The ‘Institutions for Collective Action’ research team of Utrecht University as well as the researchers affiliated with Utrecht University’sStrategic Theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies’ are proud to jointly host the global XVI Biennial Conference, ‘Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change’ of The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) in the historical city centre of Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017.

Mexico

By Julia Christian, Forest Governance Campaigner for FERN

Michoacán’s indigenous communities’ greatest resource is their forests. And they defend them with their lives.

12 April 2017
Global
Brazil
Guatemala
Kenya
Taiwan

Indigenous Peoples and community advocates in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Taiwan, and 21 other countries to take action for community land rights, April 22-29 (Earth Day)

Reports & Research
February 2017

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.

Conference Papers & Reports
January 2017

Las crisis alimentarías de 2007-2008, causa de los “disturbios del hambre” en los denominados países en vías de desarrollo, fueron reveladores, no de la escasez de alimentos, sino del problema de acceso a los alimentos. Las crisis han sido el resultado del desarrollo de un modelo de agricultura, la explotación capitalista con mano de obra asalariada, que no responde a las necesidades alimenticias de aquellas personas sin recursos o con muy pocos recursos económicos. La expansión de este modelo impide el logro de la seguridad y la soberanía alimentaria1.

Conference Papers & Reports
January 2017

Les crises alimentaires de 2007-2008, causes d’ « émeutes de la faim » dans plusieurs pays dits en voie de développement, ont été révélatrices, non d’une pénurie alimentaire, mais de problèmes d’accès à la nourriture. Elles ont été la conséquence du développement d’un modèle agricole, l’exploitation capitaliste à salariés, qui ne répond pas aux besoins alimentaires des personnes non ou trop peu dotées en argent. L’expansion de ce modèle fait obstacle à la réalisation de la sécurité et de la souveraineté alimentaires1.

Conference Papers & Reports
January 2017

The food crises of 2007-2008, the cause of the “hunger riots” in several so-called developing countries, did not reveal a food shortage but problems accessing the food. These problems were the result of the development of an agricultural model, capitalist operation with workers, that does not meet the food-related needs of individuals with no or little money. The growth of this model is hindering the achievement of food sovereignty and security1.

Reports & Research
February 2017

Entre el 23 de octubre y el 02 de diciembre de 2016, el IPDRS y el Land Portal, llevaron adelante un foro debate en línea sobre la Propiedad colectiva de la tierra en Sudamérica, desafíos y perspectivas, buscando alimentar la discusión que actualmente proviene de toda una dinámica global desde ONG, centros de investigación, activistas, universidades, colectivos y claramente organizaciones campesinas e indígenas que plantea todo un esfuerzo mundial para defender la propiedad colectiva de la tierra desde sus distintas dimensiones ante las presiones y amenazas provenientes del agronegocio y de