encroachment is the illegal occupation or use of portion of land holdings of another.

The outlook for the UNCCD - German Development Cooperation's viewpoint. The Convention to Combat Desertification: Relevant or a relict?

Journal Articles & Books

In the ten years since it came into being, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has had little or no effect on the further encroachment of deserts. More than 80 countries have submitted National Action Programmes to combat desertification, but they appear to lack the financial and political commitment to implement them. What are the causes behind the UNCCD's weakness? How can the Convention be incorporated more effectively and efficiently into the architecture of international development?

India: 2,000 acres of assigned lands grabbed: Report

By: Naresh Sankepally
Date: August 26th 2016
Source: The Hans India

Hyderabad: In an explosive finding the Task Force Committee constituted by the State Government, which probed encroachment of lands, has concluded that thousands of acres of land in and around Hyderabad have been encroached upon with the tacit connivance of certain bigwigs.

Cambodia: Evictees, Sugar Company Reach Deal at Last

By: Sek Odom
Date: August 12th 2016
Source: Cambodia Daily

Representatives of evicted families and a sugarcane plantation owned by a prominent CPP senator announced an agreement on Thursday that provides compensation ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eligible villagers after a five-year battle over land.

The deal was meant to put an end to claims of land-grabbing against Senator Ly Yong Phat’s Phnom Penh Sugar Company.

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

By: Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang
Date: August 10th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

India: Land-grabbing cases on the rise in city outskirts

By: Siva G| 
Date: August 11th 2016
Source: Times of India

VISAKHAPATNAM: Police bosses are busy chalking out various plans and proposals to address the litigation cases pertaining to land and land grabbing at Madhurawada and other areas. According to sources, the police department's previous attempt with a DSP rank officer as sub-division chief yielded little results.

Cambodia: Dozens March Against Sugar Company ‘Land Grabs’

By: Kann Vicheika
Date: August 5th 2016
Source: VOA Khmer

The protesters from six villages in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel and Botum Sakor districts claim that Koh Kong Sugar and Koh Kong Plantation encroached on their farmland.

PHNOM PENH — About 70 villagers from Koh Kong province delivered petitions to the government and European Union on Thursday to lodge complaints about alleged land grabbing by two sugar plantation firms.

India : Unlocking Opportunities for Forest-Dependent People in India, Volume 2, Appendixes

June 2012

This study by the World Bank indicates that forests offer vast potential for poverty reduction and rural economic growth in India while also supporting critical national conservation goals. An estimated 275 million people in rural areas depend on forests for at least part of their livelihoods. Forest dwellers, which include a high proportion of tribals, are among the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. The government of India has adopted Joint Forest Management as a principal approach for community-based forestry.

India : Alleviating Poverty through Forest Development

September 2014

This case study, one of six evaluations
in a series of country case studies, aims to understand the
implementation of the 1991 Forest Strategy in World Bank
operations and to obtain the views of the various
stakeholders in the country about the involvement of the
Bank. Each country study examines the overall development of
the country's forest sector. This naturally includes
the environmental impacts on forests, such as degradation,