Global Land News Summaries July 8 - July 14

A summary of last week’s land news, including some good news stories about legal victories and corporate social responsibility, and other exposés of land grabs and corruption concerns. What is your favorite new story of the week @CGinsburg @ElizabethDonger @rachaelknight @yeyinth @meenakshikapoor @danielsesay @anon35514259 ?

Asia: To sustain forests, invest in local people

July 14, 2015 Asia has a unique opportunity to fight climate change and lift many more people out of poverty if it invests more in the communities living in its forests, experts said.

Africa: ECA, World Bank Move to Secure Land Rights In Africa

July 13, 2015 The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the World Bank have signed a Declaration of Intent to establish Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) to secure land rights.

Philippines: Ifugao Tribe Protests Short-Circuited Consultations for Dam Project

July 13, 2015 …the process of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), mandated by the Indigenous People’s Rights Act, is not being applied by the very government agency mandated to ensure its observance, and also by the project proponent of a large dam that would directly affect their ancestral land.

Egypt: Government affirms farmers’ ownership of disputed land

July 13, 2015 The Public Authority for Agrarian Reform supported the Sirso village farmers’ claim to a piece of land in the Daqahleya governorate, after years of dispute and violent clashes between them and “feudal owners”.

Zimbabwe: Handing back land to some white farmers

July 13, 2015 The names of six white farmers have been given to central government with requests they be granted security of tenure under new laws safeguarding farms ‘of strategic economic importance’

Indonesia: Paper giant APP turns over new leaf to become unlikely protector of forests

July 13, 2015 APP, a Chinese-Indonesian pulp and paper producer, has made an attempt to rebrand itself from the stereotypical tree-razing commodity giant to unlikely protector of the archipelago’s forests. … Greenpeace, long considered to be the force behind APP’s reforms, welcomed the company’s initiatives but urged it to do more to address social conflicts and violence and the broader issues behind them including land disputes and illegal logging.

Mexico: President Expropriates Indigenous Land for Highway

July 13, 2015 Mexicans used the hashtag #XochicuautlaNoEstaSolo (Xochicuautla is not alone) to tweet in solidarity after the recent attempt to begin construction on a new section of the Toluca-Naucalpan highway on the land of the Otomi community in the town of San Francisco Xochicuautla, just west of Mexico City.

Namibia: Hundreds grab land in Goreangab

July 13, 2015 The area on the outskirts of Windhoek was the scene of chaos when more than 300 people attempted to grab public land.

Philippines: Yolanda farmers press for land rights

July 12, 2015 At least 35 farmers from Leyte had set another journey to Manila to seek a dialogue with agricultural officials in central office and press their demand for land rights. … the farmers are protesting that despite the certificate of land ownership award given to them as proof that they legally own their land, they remained uninstalled.

India: ‘Include Single Women in Homestead-less Survey’

July 12, 2015 Land rights experts and women activists pitched for inclusion of single women in the ongoing enumeration of homestead-less families of the State. They also rued that clear lack of guidelines could become a major hurdle in identification of such women in the current exercise.

Belize: Mayan Leaders Arrested for Protecting Sacred Site

July 11, 2015 Mayan leaders of Santa Cruz in Belize say they were arrested for removing and then arresting a man who had illegally started to build on a sacred site in their community and then threatened them in a public meeting…

Haiti: Monitoring of the implementation of the cadastre project

July 10, 2015 …the land situation in Haiti is complex and marked by different legal influences. It is based on a tradition of private property and on a generalization of the small individual and family property. This situation is also disorganized: the state domain is poorly defined and private property poorly referenced.

Myanmar: Workshop calls for increase in responsible land investment

July 10, 2015 Against the backdrop of increasing scrutiny of private sector land investments worldwide, responsible land investment has been a hot topic in Myanmar…

Colombia: Indigenous Reserve Gets Big Expansion

July 10, 2015 The decision to expand the reserve shows significant progress in the implementation of legislation from 2009 that safeguards at-risk indigenous communities’ claims to their traditional lands.

Australia: Mining Giant Suspends Negotiations with Land Council Amid Corruption Probe

July 9, 2015 Negotiations between Australia’s biggest gold miner Newcrest and the Martu people who hold native title over its Tefler mine in WA have been called off due to an investigation into corruption allegations.

Cambodia: Koh Kong Land Dispute Nears End with Economic Zone

July 9, 2015 After months of clashes and protests, families in Koh Kong province and the company that manages a local Special Economic Zone have reached a preliminary agreement to work out land issues in the province’s Kiri Sakor district.

Brazil: PepsiCo Publishes Audit on Land Rights in Brazil

July 8, 2015 PepsiCo has taken a step to put its policy into practice: It published the findings of an audit of the social, environmental, and human rights effects of its sugar sourcing in Brazil—including the impacts on land rights. But the company’s audit process fell short of Oxfam’s—and others’—expectations. Without a proper audit, how will it know what it needs to fix?

Nigeria: Palm Oil Land Grab Exposes Need for Human Rights Treaty

July 8, 2015 A new report from Friends of the Earth, Exploitation and empty promises: Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab, examines a 30,000 hectare landgrab in southeastern Nigeria. More at: http://www.actionaidusa.org/2015/07/new-alliance-land-grab-reported-nigeria

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