A silent war is being waged against the indigenous people and local communities who are defending their lands against the expansion of industry. Environmental and human rights defenders face significant — and growing — risks, experiencing violence, intimidation and criminalisation as a result of their efforts.
In September 2019, our partner in Guyana, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), published a report on the land tenure situation of 20 indigenous communities in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region.
The development of community forests is gaining momentum in Central Africa. They can help secure customary tenure, sustainably manage resources and improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities.
In the absence of a land tenure system establishing clear collective ownership rights, community forestry now appears to be the most efficient option to secure customary land tenure in Congo. However, despite the opportunities that community forestry offers for IPLCs to secure customary land rights and improve their livelihoods, a number or constraints and challenges persist in relation to land tenure insecurity and overlapping.
The overall aim of this note is to gather perceptions held by local and indigenous communities currently managing, or setting up, community forests in Cameroon.
In response to the issuance of a decree assigning a large part of their ancestral lands to an oil palm company, indigenous Bagyeli communities -as well as the national and international NGOs and associations who support them- have issued a statement calling on the Cameroonian Government to reconsider their actions and to protect the lands and te
The South Rupununi District Council (“SRDC”) present the Wapichan Environmental Monitoring Report, a case study which details the work of their Monitoring Programme in relation to the mining at Marudi Mountain; and presents their recommendations and requests.
These Briefs were prepared for rural community leaders in Kenya. The major and longer document (Brief 3), identifies legal support and constraints for community land security in Kenya. This is prefaced by overviews of the situation globally (Brief 1), and in Africa (Brief 2).
Estos informes fueron preparados por líderes de comunidades rurales de Kenia. En el documento principal y más largo (el informe número 3) se identifica el apoyo jurídico y las restricciones para asegurar la tenencia de tierras comunitarias en Kenia.
Catatan-catatan singkat ini dipersiapkan untuk para pemimpin masyarakat pedesaan di Kenya. Dokumen utama yang lebih panjang (Catatan 3), mengidentifikasi dukungan hukum dan kendala untuk keamanan lahan masyarakat di Kenya.
This practical guide highlights the extent of recognition of customary land rights of forest-dependent communities in the DRC.
For a long time, it has been thought that the protection of community rights and the conservation of nature were two contradictory goals. However, both visions are perfectly reconcilable.
A Supreme Court ruling has found that indigenous peoples who were forcibly evicted from their land in 2011 are to be given monetary compensation, rather than the return of their land.
In Guyana, communities are suffering because they do not have title to the full extent of their traditional lands, or have no title at all. This report seeks to present a detailed picture of the current status of land rights for communities in the Potaro-Siparuni region (Region 8) in west-central Guyana.
En Guyana las tierras y los bosques consuetudinarios de los que dependen las comunidades están siendo ilegalmente destruidos por las industrias extractivas, las cuales están desarrollando su actividad dentro y fuera de las concesiones que les han sido asignadas, y las comunidades est
Di Guyana, tanah adat dan hutan yang diperlukan masyarakat dihancurkan secara ilegal oleh industri ekstraktif - beroperasi di dalam dan di luar konsesi yang dialokasikan - dan masyarakat menderita karena mereka tidak memiliki sertifikat kepemilikan penuh atas tanah tradisional mereka,
On the 30th March 2018, an alliance of civil society organisations submitted a shadow report to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (CERD).
In November 2017, the Global Dialogue on Human Rights and Biodiversity Conservation was initiated to address the conflicts that have often emerged across the globe between conservation agencies and Indigenous peoples with longstanding relationships to their ancestral territories.