“Recognizing Indigenous Peoples and community land rights means respecting the human rights of roughly 2.5 billion people, but also reducing conflict, fighting climate change, and protecting and expanding Mother Earth’s important fragile ecosystems” Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesUp to 2.5 billion people, including 370 million Indigenous Peoples, depend on lands and natural resources that are collectively held, used, or managed. Their rights to those resources are under threat, with only an estimated 10 percent legally recognized as owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

To address the threats to Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ resource rights, hundreds of indigenous and community organizations and NGOs, in partnership with RRI, Oxfam, and the International Land Coalition, allied to form the Land Rights Now alliance. The alliance, launched in March 2016, urges governments to double the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020. It consists of nearly 500 organizations and thousands of individuals, and it continues to grow while working towards the ultimate goal of securing indigenous and local community lands.

Secure land rights can eradicate poverty and hunger, protect the environment and fight climate change, and safeguard human rights for all. Read the report that launched the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, Common Ground: Securing land rights and safeguarding the earth, for more background.

Explore the Land Rights Now website