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Tune in & Follow Along: Largest Ever Conference on Community Land Rights Convenes in Stockholm

  • October 3, 2017

Tomorrow, October 4, participants from 65 countries—including representatives from Indigenous Peoples, local communities, women’s groups, governments, NGOs, civil society, multilateral banks, and the private sector—are convening in Stockholm for the world’s largest international conference dedicated to advancing community and indigenous land rights.…

The implementation gap: Scaling-up recognition of community land rights

  • September 28, 2017

By the Rights and Resources Initiative The failure to recognize and secure community land rights on the ground undermines local, national, and global efforts to address poverty, food insecurity, conflict, inequality, and climate change. Local livelihoods are vital to feeding…

Why indigenous and community land rights matter (by the numbers)

  • September 25, 2017

(Up to) 2.5 billion. That’s the number of people around the world who depend on indigenous and community lands for their livelihoods and subsistence. The poorest households are most dependent on the land for food and survival. 50 percent and…

The final conference report is now online

  • November 17, 2015

The final report for From Rhetoric to Action: Scaling-up Community and Indigenous Peoples' Land and Resource Rights is here! Download it as a PDF or read a quick summary below.   The aim of this conference was to develop strategies and actions for scaling up Indigenous…

From Rhetoric to Action: Day 2 report

  • October 1, 2015

“First, you have to stop human rights violations against Indigenous Peoples.” - Rukka Sombolinggi, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago, Indonesia A clear, urgent message emerged from Day 2 of this conference. Putting an end to shocking human rights violations – imprisonment,…

From Rhetoric to Action: Day 1 report

  • September 30, 2015

  Interest in the power of community land and resource rights to achieve positive social and environmental change is escalating. In opening this conference, Melchior Lengsfeld, of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, noted that the conference was oversubscribed and that people had…

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