Global Land News Summary, August 27 - Sept 1

A weekly round-up of global land stories - with lots of environmental justice themes showing up this week @krithikadinesh! And a number of stories from Europe as well.

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### [Global: Connecting Land Grabs and Land Reform in Scotland and Africa]( September 1, 2015 in: [Land Reform](, [Landlessness](

Jane Herbstritt, Scottish campaigns assistant at Global Justice Now, outlines some of the parallels between Scotland’s battle for land reform and a global effort to regain land control.

Rwanda: Engaging Men and Boys to Preserve Women’s Land Rights

September 1, 2015
in: Land Titles, Women

Educating Rwandan communities about their national land laws is critical to promoting women’s land rights. But the development community can’t limit such education to women and girls.

Peru: Land at Last for Families of Murdered Ashéninka Indians

September 1, 2015
in: Conflict, Indigenous, Land Titles

Ashéninka Indians in Peru have obtained title of their ancestral land on the anniversary of the murders of four of their most prominent leaders.

Africa: Focus on Land Rights for Women

September 1, 2015
in: Food Security, Land Reform, Land Titles, Women

“About 75% of people who work in agriculture are women, but (they) do not have land rights. Very few African countries have been able to give women land rights.”

Asia: People Power ‘Needed to Sustain Forests’

August 31, 2015
in: Community Rights, Conservation, Forest, Land Titles

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.

Tanzania: Large-scale agricultural investments threaten right to food of small-scale farmers in Southern Highlands

August 31, 2015
in: Food Security, Land Grab
Related Links: Report

Large-scale agricultural investments in Tanzania threaten the right to food of small-scale farmers, argues a new report published by Misereor. The report is based upon first-hand interviews with farmers in four villages of Tanzania’s Southern Highlands utilizing a right to food framework.

Cambodia: Indigenous People Fighting for their Culture

August 31, 2015
in: Customary Law, Forest, Indigenous, Mining

…most of the land has been cleared for large rubber and cassava plantations. The remaining forests are central to the daily lives of the local people, their livelihoods and culture. But foreign mining companies are failing to respect the rights of local communities, with important implications especially for indigenous people and their land.

South Africa: Lesetlheng Village Takes Mine to Court

August 31, 2015
in: Customary Law, Indigenous, Mining

Wilgespruit farm in North West, on which Pilanesberg Platinum Mine operates, is at the centre of the dispute that began in 2008. Lawyers for Human Rights, representing the Lesetlheng village community, is approaching the North West High Court to argue that the mine’s activities be halted.

Global: Sweden’s We Effect and FAO to Support Small-Scale Forest and Farm Producers

August 31, 2015
in: Community Rights, Food Security, Forest

FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization We Effect have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers’ organizations in developing countries so they can access land and markets and improve the livelihoods of their members.

Europe: Land, Resource Rights Key to Sami People’s Self-Determination

August 31, 2015
in: Customary Law, Indigenous, Mining, Natural Resources, Pastoralists

Securing rights over their land and natural resources is fundamental to the Sami people’s self-determination and a prerequisite for them to be able to continue to exist as a distinct people, an independent United Nations human rights expert said after a visit to the Nordic region.

Philippines: Understanding land grabbing, land rights in the 21st Century

August 28, 2015
in: Community Rights, Land Grab, Land Titles
Related Links: Report

This special, double edition of Focus Policy Review focuses on land grabbing and land rights in the Philippines. It is critical for farmers and advocates of land rights as well as the general public to understand how and why land grabbing is happening to make a more effective, strategic campaigning to address and stop it.

Zambia: Large scale land acquisitions – Impacts & solutions

August 27, 2015
in: Community Rights, Food Security, Land Grab

This video from PLAAS discusses large scale land acquisitions in Zambia, and the risks they pose to those who derive their livelihoods from the land. The Zambia goverment has set aside large tracts of land for mining, agriculture and tourism. It focuses on a case study of the Solwezi community who lost their land to a Canadian mining company and Mumbwa where people were dispaced for large scale agriculture.

Papua New Guinea: Court rulings confirm SABLs null and void

August 27, 2015
in: Community Rights, Customary Law, Land Dispute, Land Grab

Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) have been used to secure the mass alienation of over 5 million hectares of customary land for periods of up to 99 years.While the debate over cancellation of the leases rages on between civil society groups, affected landowners and the State, it is interesting to examine what the Courts have said about these land deals…

USA: Land Trust Ruling in Favor of Native Tribes Faces Appeal

August 26, 2015
in: Indigenous, Legislation, Natural Resources

The state of Alaska is challenging a 2013 ruling in favor of Alaska Native Tribes that says current laws do not prevent the Interior Department from taking tribal land into trust.

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