Expert views: Why do land rights matter to communities and companies?

More than half of land rights conflicts in the developing world are not resolved, pitting companies, governments and businesses against indigenous communities, according to research published at the conference.

Here are the views of 10 experts interviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation during the two-day conference on the role of local communities, technology and business in ensuring secure land rights.

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility – the first and only global institution dedicated to securing the land rights of indigenous communities worldwide – was formally launched in Stockholm on Tuesday (Oct 3).

Southeast Asia is world’s hotspot for land disputes: report

Businesses in Southeast Asia are increasingly counting the cost of land grabs, more than half of which result in delayed projects and nearly three-quarters of which lead to lawsuits, according to a wide-ranging research report.

In December 2015, world leaders signed onto the Paris Climate Agreement and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the dangerous consequences of global warming. But with the United States’ recent decision to pull out of the landmark agreement, concerns for the fate of the planet, and quality of life on it, have only intensified.

Forced evictions dragging down African investment: report

Environ 63 % des conflits liés aux investissements privés à base foncière et des ressources naturelles en Afrique sont causés par le déplacement forcé des populations, révélent de nouvelles recherches publiées, jeudi à Dakar, par la structure TMP Systems et l’Initiative des droits et ressources (RRI).

Land grabbing in Africa ‘is fueling conflicts’

New research released on Thursday by the Rights and Resources Institute shows that despite improvements in respect for communities’ rights by global companies, land rights remain largely ignored.

The need for transparency in land data

Data on customary lands of local communities is crucial to advocacy, securing legal recognition of land and resource rights, and measuring global progress.

Don’t Forget: Our Forests Are Valuable and We Live There

HONOLULU — Conservation organizations dedicated to protecting the world’s biodiversity hot spots often fail to take into account why the forests are still standing. Often,…