Tensions over land grabs, disagreements over ‘development’, and land rights activists all in the news this week. Did we miss anything? Add stories or comments below!
Colombia: NGOs allege palm company Poligrow has contributed to forced displacement & land grabbing, opponents received death threats
A joint investigation project by the Colombian NGO Comisión Inter Eclesial de Justicia y Paz, and the US-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency, allege serious abuses on land rights and violence related to an oil palm investment by Poligrow.
…Mr Museveni particularly cited those still frustrating oil palm growing on Kalangala Islands, saying they don’t deserve to live because they don’t want the country to become self-sustaining… However, some politicians and conservationists have been opposed to this project, saying it is done at the cost of the environment since many forests have been cut down to pave way for oil palm growing and many small holder farmers were also left landless.
A recent study conducted by the World Agroforestry Centre has revealed that the management of forested land by local communities is threatened by deeply-rooted issues, unclear responsibilities and policies, and a lack of financial support.
Negotiators preparing for the upcoming U.N. climate change conference in Paris have adopted language that seems to strengthen efforts to stop deforestation…But the experience of the Peruvian Ashéninkas and other indigenous peoples suggests that they must benefit directly from the agreements made in Paris, and they need strong rights if they are to successfully stand up to the powerful drivers of deforestation.
September 7, 2015
in: Community Rights
Leveraging decades of extensive expertise, a broad coalition of global and national organizations, civil society, and experts, including UNEP, the Women’s Major Group, IUCN, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, recommended including a Land Rights Indicator in the SDGs.
…in many places where indigenous forest people have had their rights denied them, or have been moved off their lands, rampant illegal logging and badly-managed forests are evident…
As the World Forestry Congress convenes in Durban, South Africa, forest producers should be embraced and inserted at the center of strategies to protect forests, and to ensure that the strategies benefit both local people and the global environment.
A full bench of the Federal Court is scheduled to hear Sarawak government’s appeals on the extent of native customary rights (NCR) over land at the Kuching High Court on Wednesday.
A prominent farmers’ activist in Myanmar, Saw Maung Gyi, an activist from the 88 Karen Generation Student Organization, appeared in court on Friday in what watchdog organizations say is part of an escalating crackdown on land rights campaigners.
The concept of biocultural rights emphasizes the interdependent and interlinked nature of Indigenous resources; that is, the existence of Indigenous cultural resources is dependent on Indigenous natural resources and vice versa. As a legal concept, biocultural rights would integrate the current fragmented and separate systems of substantive Indigenous rights to natural and cultural resources.
A recently published research article in International Forestry Review by researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre working in cooperation with the Forest and Climate Change Programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit takes a closer look into the complexities surrounding recognition of indigenous rights in Indonesia.