Global Land News Summaries June 3 - June 9, 2015

06.02.15 – India: Jharkhand Wakes up to Forest Rights After 9 Years The Times of India The state government on Monday launched a campaign to hand over land titles to forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

06.03.15 – Democratic Republic of Congo: Agro-Colonialism and Land Grabbing in the Congo Global Research Community leaders living within the 100,000 hectares covered by Feronia Inc.’s oil palm concession areas say the land was taken from them illegally and that they never gave their consent for Feronia to operate there. Feronia is violating DFI policies that prevent companies they invest in from operating on lands that were acquired without the free, prior and informed consent of local communities.

06.03.15 – Malaysia: Najib Instructs Sarawak Ministers to Monitor Progress of NCR Land Transfer The Star Online Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has instructed Sarawak ministers to monitor the progress of the transfer of ownership of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land to the state’s bumiputras.

06.03.15 – Brazil: Government Makes Space for Indigenous People with New Reserve in São Paulo The Guardian Indigenous activists in Brazil are celebrating a ruling by the country’s government to declare a new indigenous reserve on the fringes of Latin America’s largest city.

06.04.15 – Global: Activists Urge France’s Bollore to Compensate Farmers in Asia, Africa for Alleged Land Grabs Fox News Activists are calling on French conglomerate Bollore to return land, or compensate farmers, over disputed concessions for plantations in Cambodia and three African countries.

06.04.15 – Malaysia: Chief Minister to Launch Book on Land Code The Borneo Post Online Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem will launch the first publication in the Sarawak Law Series, the Land Code (with annotations) tomorrow at the State Legislative Assembly building.

06.04.15 – Thailand: Forest Reclamation Faces Bigger Battle The Nation Multimedia On Tuesday, the Rak Theugkhao Bantad Community Network, Trang’s Land Dispute Solving Network, Trang Community Council and the Southern Community Network submitted a petition to Trang’s governor expressing concern over the recent move by the government to regain forestland by clearing rubber plantations on the land.

06.04.15 – United Kingdom: Changing Subsidies on Use of Common Land The Shropshire Star Subsidy payments under the Basic Payment Scheme in relation to common land are changing.

06.05.15 –South Africa: King’s Trust Sells People Out to Mining M & G Centre for Investigative Journalism Activists from KwaZulu-Natal say they have received death threats after challenging traditional authorities over prospecting rights granted to the Indian mining giant, Jindal.

06.06.15 – Uganda: Uganda Land Alliance Wins Land Award New Vision The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) has received an award from the International Land Coalition (ILC), a global alliance of civil society and farmers’ organizations. This is in recognition for playing a leading role in the formation of 52 Communal Land Associations (CLAs) in Karamoja sub-region in the districts of Kotido, Moroto, Napak and Kaabong.

06.06.15 – Malaysia: Decision on Native Land Soon The Star Online State authorities will be asked to put decisions on land affecting indigenous people on hold should the Cabinet approve the recommendations of a special task force.

06.06.15 – United States: Court Decision on Grazing Could Save a Way of Life The Santa Fe New Mexican Hispanic ranchers are suing the U.S. Forest Service over a decision that limits grazing on historic land grant areas in Northern New Mexico, claiming that they are being discriminated against.

06.07.15 – Philippines: Tribes Vow to Support Iloilo Natives vs. Megadam Project Indigenous peoples’ groups and tribes in various regions and provinces in the country have voiced their support for indigenous peoples’ communities opposed to the construction of an P11.2-billion megadam project in Iloilo.

06.07.15 – Malaysia: Long Journey to Land Recognition The Star Online Communal forest land has been a bone of contention between indigenous people and the state for the longest time with the Government expected to decide on the issues soon.

06.08.15 – Africa: Activists Demand for Feminist Perspective to Guard Women’s Land Rights UGO News The launch of the Research Report “Large Scale Land Deals in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Importance of Feminist Engagement” by Akina Mama wa Afrika is timely and makes case for feminist research on land grabs and need for alternative policy models that are premised on gender, law and development approaches.

06.08.15 – South Africa: Land Grabbing and Threats to Rural Democracy on the Agenda at Communal Land Tenure Indaba PLAAS The Communal Land Tenure Policy has provoked heated debate and drawn angry responses from some members of affected communities at a two-day Indaba in Johannesburg from 29-30 May, hosted by the Department for Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR).

06.08.15 – Indonesia: Forest Communities Map their Land Using Data Loggers SciDev.Net “Based on the communities’ own knowledge — combined with the use of these devices — they can readily make maps, which demonstrate the areas they have claims to, areas they’re using and for what purposes they’re using them.”

06.09.15 – Uganda: How a Ugandan Grandmother Fought the President for her Community’s Land, and Won The Ecologist A new tactic of non-violent resistance secured a future for the people of Apaa, Uganda, after a violent government-backed land grab had threatened to turn their village and farmland over to a sports hunting business, writes Phil Wilmot.

06.09.15 – Australia: Noongar Deal Lays Path to Indigenous Future The Australian A $1.3 billion land-and-cash deal secured by the Noongar people of Western Australia has been hailed as a watershed that ­addresses the inability of native title to deliver real change for traditional owners in long-colonised towns and cities.

06.10.15 – Cambodia: NGO Gives Hun Sen’s Land Titling Project Mixed Marks The Cambodia Daily In perhaps the most comprehensive review to date of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 2012 land titling project, the NGO Forum on Tuesday said the campaign has yielded major benefits, but not without some serious costs—particularly for the country’s beleaguered indigenous communities.

06.10.15 – Thailand: NRC to Propose Land Bank Bill The Nation Multimedia …the proposed land bank, with Bt5.7 billion capital, would benefit 500,000 poor farmers and underprivileged people, plus 800,000 others who live on land without titles. The bank’s 11-strong committee would enable farmers to access funding and apply for 10-year leases to prevent land grabbing by investors.