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    A Global Baseline of Carbon Storage in Collective Lands

    This report provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage in documented community lands worldwide.

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    Tenure Data Tool

    An interactive database for comparing changes in forest tenure from 2002 to 2013 in some of the world’s most highly-forested countries.

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    The Tenure Facility

    A unique new institution that provides grants to advance land and forest tenure security and the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

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    A network of diverse actors that creates, adopts, and disseminates tools and mechanisms to accelerate private sector learning on responsible land rights practices.

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    LandMark Map

    The first online, interactive global platform providing maps and other information on collective lands to address the lack of public and reliable tenure data.

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Featured  | 23 .10. 2018
An Historic Victory for Liberian People and Communities

On September 19, Liberian President George Manneh Weah signed into law the Land Rights Bill (LRB), a landmark piece of legislation that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their customary lands and gives customary land the same standing as private land in Liberia. This historic victory sets a precedent for land rights recognition in West Africa and can serve as a model for the region and beyond.

 | 31 .01. 2019
Progress “too slow, too small”: Why Indonesia’s largest indigenous group will not endorse Jokowi for re-election

In 2014, President Joko Widodo had secured a voter bloc of 12 million Indigenous Peoples. But five years later, as he is seeking re-election in April’s presidential elections against the same political opponent, Jokowi has failed to secure the endorsement of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)—Indonesia’s largest indigenous network—whose voting bloc has doubled in size since 2014.

 | 30 .12. 2018
The biggest rainforest news stories in 2018

Recognition of the role local and indigenous communities have in stewarding forests continued to grow in 2018. More reports and studies argued that securing indigenous peoples’ land rights is one of the most cost-effective mechanisms for protecting forests and mitigating climate change. Accordingly, philanthropic attention and dollars shifted toward such efforts, including a pledge by group of 17 philanthropic foundations at the Global Climate Action Summit to support recognition of indigenous peoples’ and traditional communities’ collective land rights and resource management as part of their land-based climate change mitigation programs. A study co-authored by UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) even put a dollar figure on the labor and cash indigenous peoples invest in forest conservation efforts, estimating the annual contributions of such “Forest Guardians” at $1.7 billion.

 | 20 .12. 2018
The global community should address environmental issues as human rights issues

Overall, these approaches, which are framed as human rights issues alongside environmental issues, have a drastic impact on the globe’s future. In September, The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) published a study that found that “legally recognized indigenous and community forests tend to store more carbon and experience lower rates of deforestation than other forests.” RRI’s findings reinforce the view that locally managed forests, whether it is indigenous lands or communal lands, help connect the health of nature with the health of people and ultimately the health of our collective future.

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