To end deforestation, we must protect community land rights

Welcome to Vol. 3 of Big Ideas. In Brief—a series from the Rights and Resources Initiative. Highlights: While the 2020 deadline is fast approaching, there’s still time for companies, governments, civil society, and communities to make progress toward zero deforestation commitments;The private sector has a unique role to play in the fight against climate change and deforestation—by respecting the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in their operations;Investors and companies

In the Philippines, they are shooting the messengers

I am the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. My mandate is to report when communities anywhere in the world are forced to relocate, their lands uprooted, their leaders either deemed criminals or killed. Not everyone wants to hear it, but the message needs to be spread. In the Philippines, they are shooting the messengers.

Our best hope for 2018: Women elected to local politics

Indigenous and rural women leaders are increasingly running for elected office. A new priority in 2018 for governments, civil society, companies, and international organizations is to help these new leaders, particularly women, succeed.

Protecting the Forests, Protecting Dragon’s Blood

Indonesia faces a deforestation crisis. The country has been losing its forests at a rapid rate for decades, and in turn, adat and local communities’ livelihoods are under threat, and the wildlife and plant diversity in their traditional territories is being lost.