Thursday, March 20, 2014
PUBLICATION: Will the Private Sector Tip the Scales for Community Land Rights? (RRI)
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released its annual review, examining the state of rights and resources for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
The report, Lots of Words, Little Action: Will the private sector tip the scales for community land rights?, reveals a sharp global decline in the legal recognition of community and resources rights in tropical forested countries, despite many high profile commitments and pledges from governments, international institutions, and the private sector to safeguard these rights.
In fact, the report reveals that the area of forestland secured for community ownership since 2008 is less than 20 percent of the area that was recognized in the previous six years.
One possibility for reversing this decline is the private sector. An enlightened private sector can shift the balance decisively away from a corporate land rush and towards community and indigenous land rights. Real change on the ground, however, can only be achieved in cooperation with other key actors -- including governments and international organizations -- and by moving from words to actions.
The report can be downloaded here.