The 2015-2016 State of Rights and Resources
A panel on closing the gap in the recognition of community & indigenous land rights
2015 was the year we found the extent of the gap between customary lands claimed by the world’s 1.5 billion indigenous and local communities, and the amount of that land recognized by national laws. We learned that barely 18 percent of the world’s land is formally recognized in statutory law as owned or controlled by indigenous and local communities. Governments claim most of the rest.
This gap means that the rights to a vast area of the world’s surface are contested. It is the reason why land disputes are a major cause of conflict in many countries. It also represents a chasm between fair and equitable rural development, one where environmental destruction flourishes, poverty festers and human rights are extinguished.
Indeed, the future development of many countries hinges on resolving land conflicts and converting customary rights into statutory law. Our panel of global experts will examine RRI’s 2015-2016 annual review of the state of rights and resources across the world, take stock of progress and failures in 2015, and explore ways to close the current gap in recognition of indigenous and local community rights.
Reports & Resources
Speakers & Panelists
Constance Teage – Program Manager, Community Land Protection Program, Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia
Joan Carling – Secretary General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Philippines
Mark Eckstein – Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC Group, UK
Lou Munden – Founder, TMP Systems, UK
Rukka Sombolinggi – Deputy to Secretary General, The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia
Luis Felipe Duchicela – Adviser on Indigenous Peoples, Global Social Programs Unit, The World Bank
Andy White – Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative, USA
Panel Moderated by Fred Pearce – Environmental journalist; author of The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Please contact Joseph Bono with any questions.