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Land Information Ecosystem Declaration

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On March 20, 2017, a group of individuals from a broad range of institutions and organizations that focus on improving land governance around the world met in Washington, DC to discuss ways of making land-related data and information more open, transparent, and accessible. These individuals decided to make a voluntary commitment to promote and bolster data-sharing efforts within the land sector, with the hope that such action will catalyze positive changes in the area of land governance and lead to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin, March 2017

Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2017

This seventh issue of the LEGEND bulletin considers the impact that new technology can have on documenting land rights and democratising access to land data around the world.

The Land Policy Bulletins are produced by the Core Land Support Team (CLST) for DFID's programme on responsible invesment - Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND).

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Photo: Asian Development Bank

Gallup Asked People Around the World: How Worried Are You About Losing Your Home? The Findings May Surprise You.

By Yuliya Panfil, Omidyar Network

As Thailand ramps up its palm oil sector, peat forests feel the pressure

Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Thailand is aiming to increase its domestic palm oil production by up to 50 per cent over the next nine years while at the same time trying to reclaim encroached peat forest from smallholders.

“Look, the peat here is so deep” 61-year-old Preecha Chimtong, a smallholder farmer growing oil palm on his 49-rai (about 20-acre) farm in southern Thailand’s Chumphon province.

The land is spongy underfoot, dark black and sodden, and Chimtong takes one of the metal tools used to pick up the oil palm bunches and easily pushes it deep into the ground to demonstrate.

Convocatória Acampamento Terra Livre 2017 (Brasil)

Monday, March 27, 2017

ACAMPAMENTO TERRA LIVRE 2017

Unificar as lutas em defesa do Brasil Indígena

Pela garantia dos direitos originários dos nossos povos

Briefing Note: A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2017

This briefing note, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, outlines a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment.

A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2017

This discussion paper, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, proposes a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment.

Ghana pushes for economic empowerment of women in cocoa industry

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Ghana has made a strong case at the United Nations for the economic empowerment of women in the cocoa industry.

At an event on the sidelines of the on-going 61st Session of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) at the UN Headquarters in New York, it became clear that gender inequalities limit economic productivity, efficiency and undermines the development agenda.

Tenure reform: Lessons from the Global South

 

A Q&A with researcher Anne Larson on the changing conditions of rights and resources in discussion at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

 

Over the past two decades, a global trend has seen increasing recognition of the rights of communities and local governments to manage their own resources, particularly in developing countries. An ongoing study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has followed this process across Asia, Africa and Latin America, finding key lessons for successful tenure reform.