Global Land News Summaries May 6-12 2015

Global Land News Stories May 6-12, 2015

05.06.2015 – Zambia: Give Women Land Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Speaking when she launched the Women Mortgage Promotion by Zambia National Building Society in Lusaka , Mrs. Wina said the promotion would compliment government’s efforts in addressing the plight of women in the country. Mrs. Wina directed relevant institutions to uphold the policy directive that 30 percent of land both state and customary should be given to women. http://www.znbc.co.zm/?p=11603

05.06.2015 – India: Modi’s Math is Wrong Quartz India Out of the 804 major ventures that have been brought to a standstill across the country, only 8% face problems with acquiring land, according to data obtained from the finance ministry by Right to Information activist, Venkatesh Nayak. http://qz.com/398151/modis-math-is-wrong-only-8-of-projects-are-actually-held-up-because-of-land-acquisition/

05.05.2015 – South Africa: Another Try at Revamping Customary Law The Mercury Earlier attempts to introduce a legal system that empowered chiefs to administer justice were fiercely opposed as provisions of the Traditional Courts Bill were deemed unconstitutional. Now a revised bill addressing rural issues is in the pipeline, writes Nolundi Luwaya. http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/another-try-at-revamping-customary-law-1.1854710#.VVKLXlzag3Y

05.06.2015 – South America: Frontier Expansion: Lessons from Bolivia and Pará, Brazil CIFOR Blog In the Brazilian state of Pará, and in Lowland Bolivia laws have been enacted taking into account the needs of local and indigenous communities. A new study compares the processes of land regularization in the regions and the authors found that tenure security on its own has not necessarily resulted in better environmental governance. http://blog.cifor.org/28204/frontier-expansion-lessons-from-bolivia-and-para-brazil#.VVJ9n1zag3Y

05.06.2015 – Australia: Aboriginal Land Claim Success in Gulf of Carpentaria after 40-Year Battle The Guardian On Tuesday the Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, delivered a deed of grant to the Yanyuwa people, covering four small islands and Batten Point, at Jawuma near Borroloola. The land rights claim – Australia’s first – was initially lodged in 1977, rejected and then reclaimed in 1992. However, when the title was finally handed over in 2006 a portion was “inadvertently omitted”. http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/06/aboriginal-land-claim-success-in-gulf-of-carpentaria-after-40-year-battle

05.07.2015 – Rwanda: RwF6 Billion Grant from EU for Land Tenure Regularization Rwanda News Agency Michael Ryan, Head of the EU Delegation to Rwanda said: "This €4 million grant to the Ministry of Natural Resources is recognition of the impressive progress made in land registration in Rwanda. We are convinced of the importance of making land administration financially sustainable and accessible to all Rwandans. It means that all land transactions will be recorded. This is a powerful incentive for land owners to invest in developing their land. It will have positive spin-offs for the economy.” http://rnanews.com/economy/10179-rwanda-eu-sign-rwf6-billion-grant-support-for-land-tenure-regularization/

05.07.2015 – India: “We Haven’t Found Big Builders Encroaching on Lake Bed,” says Reddy The Times of India Ramalinga Reddy, Bengaluru district-in-charge minister, has been facing the ire of people after the government launched a drive to clear lake beds of encroachments. In an interview, he said criticism by the opposition parties and the Anti Land-grabbing Action Committee has made the government more determined to continue with the drive. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Havent-found-big-builder-encroaching-on-lake-bed-Reddy/articleshow/47180805.cms

05.07.2015 – India: Another Push to Land Acquisition Bill, Government may Extend Lok Sabha Session The Indian Express Having failed to get it cleared by Rajya Sabha despite a nod from Lok Sabha in the first half of the Budget Session, the government is all set to make another attempt to get the controversial land acquisition amendment bill passed by Parliament by bringing it to the Lower House in the last two days of the current session. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/another-push-to-land-bill-govt-may-extend-lok-sabha-session/

05.07.2015 – Sri Lanka: Minister, Backed by CBK, Appropriates Tamils’ Lands in Batticaloa TamilNet Sri Lankan Deputy Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Amir Ali Sahabdeen, who became a minister during the regime of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) in 2004, is again stepping up the appropriation of lands at Kirimichchi, located 62 km north of Batticaloa. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37762

05.07.2015 – Australia: Lift the Shackles and Remote Communities will Thrive The Herald Sun Barnett has adopted a “hub and orbit” strategy where a better resourced “hub” can service communities in an “orbit”. Directionally, I support that approach. Ultimately, however, the problem for indigenous traditional lands isn’t remoteness. It’s lack of the conditions needed for economic development. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/lift-the-shackles-and-remote-communities-will-thrive/story-fnpp4dl6-1227343885177

05.07.2015 – Australia: Landmark Native Title Settlement Lexology The Western Australian Government has reached a landmark settlement with Noongar traditional owners of the State’s south- west. Native title over the south-west is being exchanged for the formal recognition of Noongar people as traditional owners of Noongar country, along with a funding package worth AU$1.3 billion. http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=fc5ed057-a490-4096-af5b-247f20136016

05.07.2015 – United States: When an Energy Company Takes our Land Al Jazeera America More than 100,000 miles of gas pipelines have been built in America since 2002. Often, the land companies need to build pipelines is in private hands, so it has become commonplace to take land over the objections of landowners. The practice is allowed under a little-known federal law from the 1930s, which gives private pipeline companies the right of eminent domain. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/5/7/pipeline-land-grab-new-york.html

05.08.2015 – Global: Innovation, Information and Shared Prosperity Devex A growing body of evidence suggests that secure rights to land and property have a powerful impact on enhancing food security, resilience, women’s empowerment, and our efforts to reduce extreme poverty. But in many countries, these rights are weak, unclear or unenforced — particularly for women and other vulnerable populations. https://www.devex.com/news/innovation-information-and-shared-prosperity-86083

05.08.2015 – Global: Living the Indigenous Way, from the Jungles to the Mountains Inter Press Service News Agency As the fingers of economic development reach into ever more distant corners of the globe, many of these communities find themselves – and their way of life – under threat. http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/05/living-the-indigenous-way-from-the-jungles-to-the-mountains/

05.08.2015 – South Africa: Nkwinti Moots Cap on Farm Ownership IOL News Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Guguli Nkwinti on Friday proposed limiting land ownership by large scale farmers to 5 000 hectares and warned critics that the country risked a stark choice between redistribution and land grabs. http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/nkwinti-moots-cap-on-farm-ownership-1.1856094#.VVKfB1zag3Y

05.08.2015 – Malaysia: Baram Native Villagers Cry Foul over Illegal Logging The Star Online Native villagers of Long Pilah settlement in the middle Baram region of interior northern Sarawak have uncovered a huge amount of massive logs harvested from forests over which they have Native Customary Land Rights. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/08/Sarawak-Baram-logging/

05.09.2015 – Zimbabwe: Mugabe Government Introduces ‘Land Rentals’ to Pay Back White Farmers News24 "If there is a concrete realisation from the government that they want to sit around the table with white farmers [and discuss compensation], this would be very good and would boost the confidence of the farmers." http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/Mugabe-govt-introduces-land-rentals-to-pay-back-white-farmers-20150509

05.09.2015 – South Africa: Communal Land - Full Title Clarity Needed Business Report All land in communal areas should be held under full title deed, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has said. http://www.iol.co.za/business/news/communal-land-full-title-clarity-needed-1.1856328#.VVK9SVzag3Y

05.09.2015 – Brazil: Bury My Heart on the Bend of the João Dias Streamlet in the Indigenous Land of Limão Verde Indian Country Today Media Network A decision of the Supreme Federal Court in March 2015, nullified the Declaratory Administrative Rule of the Indigenous Land of Limão Verde. Terena leaderships asked the SFC to revalidate the Declaratory Administrative Rule so they do not lose their homologated indigenous area. A resistance symbol Limão Verde does not represent today merely a part of the history of the Terena, but all the indigenous lands threatened in Brazil. https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/05/09/bury-my-heart-bend-joao-dias-streamlet-indigenous-land-limao-verde-160291

05.09.2015 – Indonesia: RSPO Orders Golden Agri to Stop New Palm Oil Development Eco-Business The palm oil industry body RSPO has asked palm oil giant Golden Agri-Resources to stop acquiring or developing new land until it is satisfied the company has resolved issues relating to land acquisition and development with local communities. http://www.eco-business.com/news/rspo-orders-golden-agri-to-stop-new-palm-oil-development/

05.09.2015 – Fiji: TLTB Clears Security Concerns at Savusavu Fiji Sun Online Farmers in the Northern Division have been told that the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) is working to ensure they have security of tenure on their land leases. http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/05/09/tltb-clears-security-concerns-at-savusavu/

005.09.2015 – Honduras: Death Valley - The Land War Gripping Honduras Irish Times With a murder rate 65 times higher than Ireland’s, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. And few parts are more dangerous than the Lower Aguán Valley, where local farmers claim that big business has illegally taken over their land. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/death-valley-the-land-war-gripping-honduras-1.2205506

05.09.2015 – United States: Should there be a Legislative Solution to Disputed Indian Trust Applications? The National Law Review Recent actions in Arizona and Indiana suggest that there is a new approach to local government opposition to Indian tribal applications for trust status of newly acquired land. http://www.natlawreview.com/article/should-there-be-legislative-solution-to-disputed-indian-trust-applications

05.09.2015 – United States: Glenwood Fights Indian Land Petition The Dalles Chronicle The Yakama Nation has quietly issued a petition to the federal government to retrocede some 99,000 acres of northwestern Klickitat County, including the town of Glenwood, to within its reservation boundaries. http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/may/09/glenwood-fights-indian-land-petition/

05.10.2015 – Trinidad and Tobago: We Want Back Chaguaramas Land Trinidad and Tobago Guardian People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley has gone past holding the Government to account for what he termed the “land grab” in Chaguaramas, and is now calling on the contractors who leased the property to give it back to the country. https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2015-05-09/we-want-back-chaguaramas-land

05.10.2015 – Pakistan: Land Scams and Academia The News International Land has been - and continues to be - the most prized and coveted asset in Pakistan. Although much of the discourse on land ownership in Pakistan has been centred on the demise or otherwise of the feudal system, increasingly its importance is being recognised in the urban setting. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-317349-Land-scams-and-the-academia

05.11.2015 – Nigeria: Groups Raise Alarm over Deforestation in Cross River AllAfrica With Nigeria losing over 500,000 hectares of forest yearly to deforestation, experts have called for the repeal of the Land Use Act in the country. http://allafrica.com/stories/201505112458.html

05.11.2015 – Thailand: Sugar Company Pulls Out Thai Visa News Asia’s largest sugar producer, Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the concessions, a development watchdog has said. http://news.thaivisa.com/cambodia/sugar-company-pulls-out-thaicompany/60804/

05.12.2015 – Global: International Land Forum Opens in Dakar News Business Ethiopia In order to examine the status of land rights, share success stories, identify threats and push towards more effective action, representatives from 80 countries met this morning at the Global Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. http://newbusinessethiopia.com/index.php/manufacturing/item/365-global-land-forum-opens-in-dakar#sthash.40Onm6oD.dpuf

05.12.2015 – Uganda: Government Sets Dates for Free Land Verification New Vision During the open days, Ugandans who want to carry out free land title search and consultation on land matters will be given chance to do so. http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/668200-gov-t-sets-dates-for-free-land-verification.html

05.12.2015 – Indonesia: Don’t Let Disputes Get in the Way of Projects The Borneo Post Online Approved projects on Native Customary Rights (NCR) land should proceed without delay and any problems or doubts should be addressed pragmatically, said Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri. http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/05/12/dont-let-disputes-get-in-the-way-of-projects-entri/

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