In Latin American and the Caribbean region (LAC), millions of families lack access to land for shelter or live in insecure tenure under a constant threat of being evicted from their homes. Land conflicts and forced evictions are increasingly reported and a key issue in the advocacy agenda of civil society and grassroots organizations. Meanwhile, the causes and many forms such conflicts occurs are often ineffectively addressed by land policies; right holders and defenders, as well as duty-bearers, usually lack access to reliable data and information to identify, monitor, mediate and prevent this clear violation of the human right to adequate housing.
The LAC Cluster of Urban Civil Society Organizations, part of the Global Land Tools Network GLTN / UN-HABITAT, and the Solid Ground global advocacy campaign of Habitat for Humanity, together with partners such as the Land Portal Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Brazil organize the following online discussion on urban land conflicts in LAC region. The discussion will position the issue and gather information on the types of conflicts and its causes, the challenges and opportunities for change; besides familiarizing land stakeholders with existing land tools that enable the prevention and mediation of such conflicts. In parallel, the discussion will seek identify entry points, synergies and opportunities for collaboration for knowledge exchange and adaptation of existing tools, building on lessons learned across the region.
In this regard, we invite the participants to answer one or more of the following questions:
- From your experience, what are the main types and causes of land conflicts and threats of forced evictions in urban and peri-urban areas?
- What are the main challenges as well as opportunities to change this situation? Can you provide examples?
- Are you aware of any tool, policy or good practice that has helped increase access to land for shelter and tenure security, particularly of the most vulnerable groups of people?
- Do you know of, or have you ever participated in an initiative of collaborative mapping and open management of information on conflicts? Can you describe the experience, lessons learned and recommendations to practice?
- How do you think a database on urban land conflicts could be used for evidence-based prevention and mediation of such conflicts? What would be the possible strategies, the required resources, and even potential risk to be avoided?
Participants will have the opportunity to give visibility to local challenges, as well as good practices addressing the issue and the impact and signs of change related to such actions; The participantes will mutually to learn about similar challenges, initiatives and lessons learned across LAC region. Results of the discussion will be analyzed and transformed into a report that will be distributed widely among land governance stakeholders.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
You can type your comment below and answer one or more of the suggested questions in English, Spanish and Portuguese, from January 23rd to February 10th, 2017.
You can also send your answers by email, or any text, videos, documents or reports you want to share with the network. If you have any question, fell free to contact us at SueloUrbano@habitat.org .
The discussion is being held simultaneously on the Land Portal platform.
The discussion will be facilitated by subject-matter experts from Habitat for Humanity and the GLTN’s Land Tools Urban Cluster in LAC.
Check out the first interviews with subject-matter experts on urban land conflicts:
– Anna Pont (Shelter Cluster International)
– Arturo Mejía (Equador)
– Francisco Sales (Ministério Público de Pernambuco, Brasil)
– Franklin Solano (Costa Rica)
– Robin Rajack (BID)