Access to Land & Tenure Security

Land tenure is the relationship, whether legally or customarily defined, among people, as individuals or groups, with respect to land. (For convenience, "land" is used here to include other natural resources such as water and trees.) Land tenure is an institution, i.e., rules invented by societies to regulate behaviour. Rules of tenure define how property rights to land are to be allocated within societies. They define how access is granted to rights to use, control, and transfer land, as well as associated responsibilities and restraints. In simple terms, land tenure systems determine who can use what resources for how long, and under what conditions.

Land tenure is an important part of social, political and economic structures. It is multi-dimensional, bringing into play social, technical, economic, institutional, legal and political aspects that are often ignored but must be taken into account. Land tenure relationships may be well-defined and enforceable in a formal court of law or through customary structures in a community. Alternatively, they may be relatively poorly defined with ambiguities open to exploitation.

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16 June 2017



On June 2, Guatemalan police and military carried out the eviction of Q’eqchi Maya residents of the community of Laguna Larga in the Laguna de Tigre region of the country. Days later, the refugees from the eviction arrived in the Mexican state of Campeche.

The refugees formed a camp five kilometers from the border with Guatemala. The situation has been called a humanitarian emergency by migration activists in Mexico and Guatemala.

7 June 2017

Guarani-Kaiowá leader Ladio Veron is touring Europe seeking international support to end attacks and killings of indigenous people, land theft and environmental harm in Brazil.

16 June 2017

A Comissão Pastoral da Terra atribuiu o aumento dos conflitos no campo ao atual contexto político brasileiro. Em audiência pública da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias da Câmara dos Deputados, o representante da Pastoral, frei José Olavio Dotto, apresentou o Relatório de Conflitos no Campo no Brasil de 2016 e dados parciais obtidos pela Pastoral neste ano.

6 June 2017

Guatemalan families face a violent eviction as they fled violence in their own homes.

At least 120 campesino families from Guatemala have installed a makeshift camp at the border between the Central American and Mexico as they fear a violent eviction from the army.

14 June 2017

"People have many reasons to come after me - because I talk about land grabbing, because I talk about the rights of indigenous people, of crimes against minorities"

MUMBAI, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In her long career defending the rights of women, indigenous people and ethnic minorities, Sultana Kamal has faced numerous threats and intimidation. But none over a statue.

5 October 2017 to 6 October 2017


United Kingdom


The Extinction and Livestock international conference will examine how we can
transform our global food and farming systems to work for people, the planet
and animals. It will bring together diverse interests – conservation &
livestock production, land & water use, the environment & climate change,
ethics & economics, healthy & sustainable diets, food security, food
business– and act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution

Pedro Puttini Mendes

Autor: Pedro Puttini Mendes


Um recente levantamento do Serviço Florestal Brasileiro divulgou que 11.569 Cadastros Ambientais Rurais estaria sobrepostos a terras indígenas homologadas de forma “parcial” ou completa, dados estes que refletem certa insegurança jurídica na situação.

13 June 2017


Washington 13 June 2017–  A group of statisticians and land property rights experts recently met at the World Bank offices in Washington D.C., with the objective of developing the preparatory requirements for supporting the reclassification of the Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 1.4.2 from Tier III to Tier II status. 

Lixão a céu aberto no município de Cruzeiro do Sul, no Acre. Foto: Roberto Herrera

Autor: Maria Fernanda Ribeiro


O acúmulo de lixo pelas aldeias indígenas e comunidades tradicionais da Amazônia é um problema que precisa ser encarado e discutido, pois é uma ameaça real à saúde dessas populações e ao meio ambiente.