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Theme 1: Why land rights matter, land rights data

(Up to) 2.5 billion.
50% and 10%.
(At least) 24%.
Why #LandRightsNow matter – by the numbers.

Lands & forests customarily owned by communities are under threat. #LandRightsNow movement is working to change this

5 reasons indigenous and community land rights matter for us all. #LandRightsNow

Secure indigenous and community land rights mitigate conflicts, reduce poverty, and protect forests. #LandRightsNow

Indigenous Peoples and local communities are fighting for their rights to land.
Learn why #LandRightsNow matter.

#LandRightsNow means protecting human rights, boosting development, and saving our planet. Learn more:

Inequality. Deforestation. Climate change. All have roots in insecure community & indigenous land rights #LandRightsNow

The bad news (and the good news!) you should know about the global state of land rights in 2017:  #LandRightsNow

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Theme 2: Gender equality, women’s land rights

#LandRightsNow for indigenous & rural women will be top of the agenda at Oct 3-5 Stockholm Conference.

Women’s rights are human rights.
And that includes #LandRightsNow for rural & indigenous women.
Tune in. 10/3.

Study of rural #womensrights in 30 developing countries found that ALL failed to meet #CEDAW commitments. #LandRightsNow

Across the world, indigenous & rural women are on the front lines defending land & forest rights. #LandRightsNow

#GenderJustice means respecting #womensrights to lands and resources. Learn why #LandRightsNow matter.

It’s time to close the gap on indigenous and rural women’s #LandRightsNow. Join us.

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Theme 3: Climate change, environment, conservation

Secure indigenous, community, & rural women’s #LandRightsNow are a crucial solution to #climatechange. 10/3:

Traditional indigenous farming practices are a proven solution for tackling #climatechange. #LandRightsNow

Indigenous & rural #landrights & #environmentdefenders face mounting attacks. This must change. #LandRightsNow

Indigenous Peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of #climatechange, says @UN. #LandRightsNow

For indigenous & local communities, #climate stability can mean difference btwn prosperity & poverty. #LandRightsNow

What does it take to prevent 1 million hectares of #deforestation?
The answer—secure communities’ #LandRightsNow!

Here’s how Indigenous Peoples & communities advanced their rights over ~2mil hectares of forestland in 6 countries: #LandRightsNow

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Theme 4: Global commitments, initiatives, SDGs

Secure indigenous & community #LandRightsNow are vital to development, poverty alleviation, & peace.
10/3. Tune in.

Oct 3-5: Indigenous & local communities, gov, biz, & civil society come together to talk #LandRightsNow

The UN Declaration on the Rights of #IndigenousPeoples was signed 10 yrs ago. What’s changed? #LandRightsNow

A wealth of institutions, initiatives, & tools have been created for #LandRightsNow. Learn more.

The inclusion of #LandRightsNow in #SDGs was a landmark moment. It’s time to translate goals into action:

This new project is reducing #Mali’s decades-old problem of land-related conflict—by as much as 35%. #LandRightsNow

How a unique partnership in #Peru beat bureaucracy and helped 5 indigenous communities get titles to their lands:

The solution to #Indonesia’s deforestation epidemic?
Restoring secure #LandRightsNow indigenous communities.

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Theme 5: Private sector engagement

The #privatesector can play a key role in securing community land rights.
Learn how, 10/3. #LandRightsNow.

Increasingly, companies & investors are recognizing that secure land rights make good business sense. #LandRightsNow

Progressive #privatesector actors are joining the movement for #LandRightsNow and protecting their bottom lines.

Responsible companies want to learn how to respect #LandRightsNow for indigenous & local communities.

Secure #LandRightsNow are a win-win for both local peoples and the #privatesector. Learn how:

We studied 288 community-company land conflicts since 2001. The most common cause? Forced displacement. #LandRightsNow

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Why land rights matter

Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and rural women are the guardians of the world’s biodiversity—but their land and resource rights are under attack.

Indigenous Peoples and local communities customarily claim and manage over 50% of the world’s lands—yet they legally own just 10%. Insecure land rights leave communities vulnerable to conflict, exploitation, environmental destruction, and poverty.

Gender equality and women’s land rights

Women’s rights are human rights. And that includes secure and equal land rights for indigenous and rural women, who play a key role in protecting the world’s forests and other natural resources.

1/3 of the world’s tropical forests are managed by indigenous and local communities, and the backbone of that is women. Yet a recent study of 30 developing countries found that none adequately recognize rural women’s rights to lands and resources.

Equal land rights for women are not only a matter of justice, but are also vital to both community livelihoods and global goals on climate and development.

Climate change and environment

Though much uncertainty surrounds the global climate roadmap, one thing is clear: Indigenous Peoples and local communities are an often overlooked yet powerful ally in the fight against climate change.

Climate change continues to devastate the world’s most vulnerable regions, destroying food resources, uprooting communities, and taking lives. We can win the fight against climate change—if we make community #LandRightsNow a key component of the global climate solution.

We analyzed 51 land conflicts between communities and companies in Southeast Asia. The results are harrowing: 18% of cases led to at least 1 death; 45% were caused by displacement of local peoples; and 88% remain unresolved to this day. Learn how secure land rights for indigenous and local communities can prevent conflicts, restore peace, and benefit communities and businesses across the world:

Tropical forests are a key bulwark against climate change. Yet around the world, rainforests are under siege. The #LandRightsNow movement calls for the rightful guardianship of forestland and biodiversity by Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and rural women.

What does it take to save at least 1 million hectares of tropical rainforests from deforestation, prevent the emission of more than 0.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide, and protect the livelihoods of up to 2.5 billion people around the world? A new institution has a plan to turn these goals into reality.

In regions where Indigenous Peoples and local communities have secure rights to their lands, deforestation rates are lower, and levels of carbon storage and biodiversity are higher. Join the movement to protect the world’s forests—by first and foremost protecting indigenous, community, and women’s land rights.

For Indigenous Peoples and local communities, losing the right to live on and use their customary lands to a government- or corporate-backed land grab can mean the utter devastation of their livelihoods. Local land use is more sustainable, benefits more people, and generates better environmental outcomes than plantations and extractive projects.

Global goals and initiatives

Why are #LandRightsNow for Indigenous Peoples and local communities vital to global development goals, poverty alleviation, and climate change mitigation? Read more:

UNDRIP – the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – was signed 10 years ago. What progress has the world made on indigenous rights since then, and what challenges remain?

Private sector engagement

Meet the Interlaken Group—an informal network of leaders from progressive companies, investors, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations working together to find common solutions to the global crisis of insecure community land rights.

Land-related conflicts harm communities and corporations alike. That’s why a growing number of companies and investors are joining forces with indigenous and local communities to secure #LandRightsNow:

Social Media Graphics and Assets

To download all graphics as a batch, click here (links to a Google Drive folder).

Please also consider sharing the following videos by the Ford Foundation:

5 Reasons Why You Should Care about Indigenous Rights

Women and Land Rights

Indigenous Leaders

Who owns the world’s land?

Killed for protecting their land


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