The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (“the Tenure Facility”) is the first and only funding institution devoted solely to supporting Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ efforts to secure their rights over their forests and lands. It is designed to respond quickly and flexibly, and to complement the ongoing efforts of indigenous and local actors at the country level, while enabling its partners from across the globe to learn from and collaborate with one another.
Created by RRI in 2014, the Tenure Facility was formally launched in October 2017 at the 3rd International Conference on Community Land and Resource Rights in Stockholm, Sweden. To date, it has completed pilot initiatives in six countries: Cameroon, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Panama, and Peru. Through providing financial and technical assistance to Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ organizations to build on and scale ongoing efforts, these pilot initiatives have helped communities advance their rights to almost 2 million hectares of land.
2018 marks a year of transition for the newly launched Tenure Facility, as the institution prepares to formally transition its operational activities to a new office in Stockholm.