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Respecting Land and Forest Rights: A Guide for Companies (Revised 2019)

Respecting Land and Forest Rights: A Guide for Companies (Revised 2019)

October 25, 2019

This guide has been produced by the Interlaken Group, with steering support from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). The original publication, created in 2015, was designed to support companies aiming to align their operations with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). It was updated in 2019 to emphasize the gendered impacts of land-based investment. The guide now draws explicit links to international legal frameworks and standards, and provides concrete recommendations for companies to understand and carry out gender-sensitive considerations throughout an investment process.

The Interlaken Group is a multi-stakeholder forum composed of representatives from companies, investors, international organizations, and civil society groups. First convened in September 2013 during the International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights, the Interlaken Group has met regularly since then to identify practical ways in which companies and their investors can support improved land and forest governance and the tenure rights of rural populations. One outcome of their discussions was the recognition of the lack of clear, practical guidance for companies on the appropriate exercise of responsibilities in situations involving land acquisition processes to protect the tenure rights and livelihoods of existing rights-holders of land and forests.

The objective of this project is to formulate practical and detailed guidance for companies to help them do their part to respect local land and forest tenure rights. The guidance provided within is applicable across land-based sectors, with special emphasis given to agribusiness and plantation forestry operations to reflect the particular expertise of Interlaken Group members. The document also covers relevant information to ensure that legitimate tenure rights to natural forests are respected.

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Strengthening Indigenous and Rural Women’s Rights to Govern Community Lands: Ten Factors Contributing to Successful Initiatives

Renforcer les droits des femmes autochtones et rurales dans la gouvernance des terres communautaires: Dix facteurs de réussite

Fortalecimiento del derecho de las mujeres indígenas y rurales en la gobernanza de tierras comunitarias

Strengthening Indigenous and Rural Women’s Rights to Govern Community Lands: Ten Factors Contributing to Successful Initiatives

Author/Org: Rights and Resources Initiative

April 12, 2019

Historically, the injustices confronting women with regard to community land rights have been widespread. They are commonly perpetuated by patriarchal community-level practices, customary laws, and formal laws passed by governments, all of which either overlook or directly discriminate against indigenous and rural women’s tenure rights.

While women and men are increasingly challenging and positively transforming patriarchal customs at a local level, research demonstrates that across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), women’s rights to substantively participate in decisions determining the use, management, conservation, allocation, and inheritance of community lands and resources remain inadequately protected under national-level law.

Encouragingly, grassroots groups and a wide range of development organizations are devising successful initiatives to advance the land governance rights of rural women and their communities, generating stories of progress that underscore women’s agency, power, and potential. However, successful support processes remain under-reported and insufficiently analyzed. This report begins to address these gaps by identifying factors that have contributed to the success of local, national, and regional initiatives employed in LMICs to strengthen indigenous and rural women’s governance rights concerning community lands.

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