As a diverse coalition of development organizations dedicated to advancing the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, RRI fosters the creation and implementation of innovative solutions to land tenure security to advance three global goals:
- Substantially increase the forest area under local ownership and administration.
- Prevent all changes to national laws and regulations that weaken the customary and statutory land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and simultaneously promote new laws that strengthen customary and statutory rights.
- Dramatically reduce poverty in the forested areas of the world.
Since its founding in 2005, RRI has dedicated itself to rigorously tracking global progress on the amount of forestland recognized as owned by or designated for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. RRI set a target within the context of the Millennium Development Goals to double the amount of forestland legally recognized as owned by or designated for communities by 2015. The world achieved 50 percent of this target, with more than 30 percent of developing country forests legally recognized as community-owned or designated for their use.
In 2015, a decade after calling on the world to double the amount of forestland in community hands, RRI set two new targets for 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. RRI continues to track progress against these new targets:
- At least 50 percent of the total forest area in lower and middle-income countries is owned or designated for use by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
- Indigenous Peoples and local communities in lower and middle-income countries have recognized rights to manage, conserve, use, and trade forest products and services in 100 percent of the land under their ownership or designated for their use.
Mission: RRI supports local and Indigenous Peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting global commitment and action towards policy, legislative, and market reforms that secure their rights to own, control, and benefit from natural resources, especially lands and forests.
Value proposition: With a limited incremental investment in improved coherence and coordination, organizations can dramatically increase their contribution to the rights, dignity, and development of forest dependent people globally as well as to forest conservation and more equitable economic and social development.