When appropriately supported, tenure security can help restore forests and strengthen community resilience and adaptation to climate change. Yet, trends toward the recognition of collective land and forest rights are slowing and reviews of country-level plans show that community-based actions are not being integrated in national responses to climate change.

RRI works to ensure that community rights and land tenure issues are prominent in climate discussions, and that relevant actions support the pursuit of sustainable development goals, the need for equity, and efforts to eradicate poverty. RRI collaborates closely with key stakeholders at the national and international levels to strengthen awareness of indigenous and local community contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in particular, the importance of secure land rights for the realization of key climate commitments.

RRI supports the integration of Rights and Climate through strategic analyses, advocacy strategies, and national and international convenings that address links between the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and efforts to reduce emissions, enhance forest carbon sinks, and achieve climate resilient development pathways.

Learn more about RRI’s Dialogues series on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change.

Key Rights & Climate Analyses

  • A Global Baseline of Carbon Storage in Collective Lands

    Forests and other lands are essential for achieving climate and development ambitions. If appropriately leveraged, natural climate solutions can contribute upwards of 37 percent of cost-effective CO2 mitigation by 2030, and evidence shows Indigenous Peoples and local communities are key to achieving such outcomes. This report presents the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage in documented community lands worldwide.

  • At a Crossroads: Consequential Trends in Recognition of Community-based Forest Tenure From 2002-2017

    This analysis reports on trends in global forest tenure over the fifteen-year period from 2002-2017. It is the fourth in a series of analyses monitoring the legal recognition of forest tenure around the world according to four categories of legally recognized (statutory) forest tenure: government administered, designated for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and privately owned by individuals and firms.

  • Indigenous Peoples & Local Community Tenure in the INDCs

    A review of submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to determine the extent to which Parties made clear commitments to strengthen or expand the tenure and natural resource management rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as part of their climate change mitigation plans.

  • Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

    An analysis of the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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