Originally published on devex

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Over half the world’s land is lived on and managed using customary and traditional systems. Yet indigenous peoples and local communities have formal, legal ownership of just 10 percent of land globally. Insecure land rights can often lead to protracted conflicts with governments and companies, climate change — when land is not protected from deforestation — and human rights abuses.

To help make a practical difference, a new international mechanism, the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, was officially launched on October 3 during development talks at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency headquarters in Stockholm….

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