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Many rural communities and Indigenous Peoples around the world do not have secure tenure rights to the land they have been living on for generations. As commercial pressures on land increase, communities risk being dispossessed, with adverse impacts on their livelihoods and the realization of their human rights to food or housing.

In many parts of the world, citizens’ groups are increasingly taking action to secure community and Indigenous Peoples’ land rights. National and international commitments have been made to recognize these rights. Yet, local approaches are yet to be successfully scaled-up and commitments fully implemented.

This session will convene practitioners to share lessons on effective community-based approaches to secure community and indigenous land rights, and discuss how these approaches can be scaled up and replicated. The session will start with a panel of four speakers sharing their first-hand experiences. Following the panel presentations, the floor will be opened for questions and answers and wider discussions.

Ms. Joji Carino, Director, Forest Peoples Programme
Ms. Philippine Sutz, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development

Mr. Peter Kitelo, Convener, Kenya Forest Indigenous Peoples Network & Co-Founder, Chepkitale Indigenous People Development Project
Mr. Dico Luckyharto, Project Officer, Forest Peoples Programme
Mr. Bashir Twesigye, Executive Director, Civic Response on Environment & Development
Mr. Issufo Tankar, Technical Coordinator – Land Program, Forestry and Biodiversity, Centro Terra Viva

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Organizers: Forest Peoples Programme and the International Institute for Environment and Development.

* This session will be held in English only.

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