Founded in 2005, the Rights and Resources Initiative, or RRI, is a global Coalition dedicated to advancing the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, local communities, and the women within these groups through research, advocacy, and collaboration. RRI’s diverse Coalition is one of the largest Indigenous rights and human rights networks in the world, encompassing more than 150 organizations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
RRI’s research on Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and community land rights is widely read and cited in the land, forestry, and environmental policy sectors, and has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, Le Monde, Voice of America, and more.
RRI is headquartered in Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada, with additional staff based in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Major funders of RRI include the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the UK Department for International Development.
In the United States:
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July 2021 – Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji to serve as next Coordinator of RRI and President of RRG: The Rights and Resources Group (RRG) Board of Directors has named Dr. Solange Bandiaky-Badji as the next Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Coordinator and President of RRG, which serves as RRI’s coordinating mechanism.
June 2021 – Carbon Rights – Press Room: New analysis shows that the vast majority of tropical forested countries seeking to benefit from international forest carbon markets have yet to define in law and in practice the rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendant Peoples over carbon in their customary lands and territories.
December 2020 – 30×30 – Press Room: New Study Shows Rights-Based Conservation as Viable Path to Achieve Global Biodiversity Agenda
September 2020 – Urgency and Opportunity – Press Room: Three new technical analyses to serve as a roadmap to scale up land tenure reforms globally. The reports include:
March 2019 – Evicting Millions of Indigenous and Local Peoples from Their Forest Homes — as Ordered by Indian Supreme Court — Is Condemned by Global Experts: The Indian Supreme Court decision in February to remove millions of forest-dwelling people in five months will not only have devastating human rights implications but also hurt the global struggle to save forests and mitigate climate change, according to numerous experts. Even though implementation of the decision has been placed on hold until July, the homes of millions remains under threat.
September 2018 – New analysis reveals that Indigenous Peoples and local communities manage 300,000 million metric tons of carbon in their trees and soil—33 times energy emissions from 2017: New analysis reveals that Indigenous Peoples and local communities manage 300,000 million metric tons of carbon in their trees and soil—33 times energy emissions from…
March 2018 – New Reports: International Efforts to Stop Deforestation Threaten Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities that Protect Tropical Forests and Vital Stores of Carbon: In a new study released today, researchers say they have identified significant flaws in ambitious forest preservation projects underway in a densely-forested region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a decision on future investment by the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is imminent. The DRC province of Mai-Ndombe has been a testing ground for international climate schemes designed to halt forest destruction while benefiting Indigenous and other local peoples who depend on forests for their food and incomes, with US$90 million already dispersed or committed for climate finance in the province.
October 2017 – Bad for Business: New Research Shows Deadly, Expensive and Prolonged Land Conflicts Bust Bottom Lines in Forest Nations; 88 Percent of Disputes in Southeast Asia Have Not Been Resolved: Released at major land rights event in Stockholm, new research reveals that respecting rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities—not forcing them off their lands—slashes…
May 2017 – New Analysis: Governments Do Not Protect the Property Rights of Indigenous and Rural Women in 30 Countries Containing Three Quarters of the Developing World’s Forests: As rural demographics shift, lack of protections for women’s land rights undermines efforts to empower Indigenous Peoples and local communities, conserve tropical forests, and reduce poverty.
February 2017 – New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa: Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of Indigenous and local communities
November 2016 – Liberian Land Rights Defenders on the Run after Threats from Police: Mr. Alfred Brownell, a campaigner for the land rights of Liberia’s local communities, and his staff at Green Advocates have gone underground after threats from the police. This is the latest in a long history of threats, intimidation, and harassment against human rights defenders in Liberia.
May 2016 – 2.5 billion people at risk of hunger and poverty if land rights are not protected: NGOs call on governments to act to save people and planet Indigenous Peoples and local communities protect half the world’s land, but formally own just…
April 2016 – Indigenous leaders from threatened tropical forests to launch tour in Europe; will challenge region’s deadly trade in ubiquitous palm oil: As seen on Forest Peoples Programme on April 18, 2016 Between 27 April and 4 May 2016, Indigenous representatives and community leaders from tropical forest…
February 2016 – Forests on the brink: Six weeks after COP in Paris, new research finds forest peoples losing ground in key nations—despite proof of their role as best guardians—while other countries are poised to deliver on commitments: New research to report on pace of land reform for beleaguered rural communities globally; industry at crucial point in recognizing insecure tenure as source of…
September 2015 – Dispossessed: New Study Shows Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities—1.5 Billion Worldwide—Lack Legal Rights to Almost Three Quarters of Their Land: Presented at international conference in Bern, findings suggest weak tenure threatens food security, economic development, political stability and environment; failure to recognize rights may play…
January 2015 – Rainforest Action Network: New Report Finds Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; Provides Recommendations for Improvement: As seen on Rainforest Action Network San Francisco, CA – A field-based survey to investigate Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) performance, provide input into an…
April 2014 – New Study: Global Paper Company Makes Progress, but Continues to Face Challenges in Ensuring Legality of Land Holdings in China: Despite headway in addressing land rights violations made in recent years, Stora Enso has yet to fully ensure legality of all lands acquired in the…
March 2014 – New Research Warns of Unprecedented “Carbon Grab”; Potentially Worse than Ongoing “Land Grab”—As UN, World Bank prepare for Carbon Trading under REDD+: Report and Conference Ask: Will Carbon Rights Trading Become the Next Natural Resource Investment that Separates Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities from their Forests?
February 2014 – New Study: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities Face Slowdown in Recognition of Rights to Land and Resources despite More Verbal Commitments by Governments, Corporations: More than three out of every five hectares of forestland still claimed by governments of low and middle income countries; progress on the ground remains…