Lots of Words, Little Action

Will the private sector tip the scales for community land rights?

Date: February 5, 2014

We had hoped to report good news, to trumpet the rising tide of support for community forest land rights around the world in 2013. But while there were many encouraging pronouncements last year—from courts, governments, and some of the world’s largest corporations—unfortunately, progress on the ground remains very limited.

As we look to the year ahead, we wonder: will these promises be turned into action? Will REDD+ really invest in the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities? Will conservation agencies and advocates commit more fully to respecting and protecting rights at the upcoming World Parks Congress? And, most importantly, will the private sector join the fight and tip the scales for community land rights?