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Land grabs in Africa
10 December 2022
Authors: 
Caroline Kruckow
Africa

Three new case studies show: In the context of large-scale land investments in Africa, human rights violations and social as well as environmental damages are the rule, not the exception. The message of the studies is therefore clear: development banks and their governments must do more for human rights and take responsibility for damages caused.

Agro land
3 December 2022
Authors: 
Ms. Khadija Mrisho
Africa
Global

In Africa women play an integral role in the continent’s agriculture sector, representing up to 60 percent of the agricultural labour force in some countries. In Tanzania, agriculture accounts for the largest share of employment, more than 80 percent of women are engaging in agricultural activities and subsequently contributing to the country’s food requirements.

CarbonMapRRI.jpg
17 January 2022
Global

Indigenous Peoples and local communities have proven experience at maintaining and improving the carbon density of forest landscapes, often under dire and violent circumstances. Like much of the front line workers that have been so crucial in the current global climate, Indigenous Peoples and local communities are first responders in their own right, on the front lines of the fight to protect the planet’s remaining tropical forests. 

Eviction filings were projected to soar during the pandemic. So why doesn’t the data show that they have? JOHN MOORE / GETTY IMAGES
11 January 2022
Authors: 
Yuliya Panfil
David Spievack
United States of America
Global

Since the pandemic began, housing experts (including one of the authors of this article) have been predicting that the pandemic’s economic fallout would produce an eviction “tsunami” that could put as many as 40 million people out of their homes.

Zambia’s House of Chiefs
3 January 2022
Zambia

Gender equality guidelines will motivate Zambia’s traditional leaders to champion women’s rights in land and resource management

Women in Zambia, like in most countries, have less access to land, productive resources, and opportunities than men. Due to discriminatory gender norms that view men as heads of household, men typically have more decision making power at both the household and community level. This leads women to have less of a voice in decisions about land use, income earning opportunities, household finances, and community resource distribution. 

indigenous peoples climate change
17 December 2021
Global

Indigenous Peoples look after their land, protect the environment and food sources, and can be a bulwark against global disease by ensuring biodiversity and proper management of forests.

But they remain under sometimes violent threat, are often treated as after-thoughts in international policy planning, and generally see their rights taking second-place to global demands, including environmental protection.

14 December 2021
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We all know that 2021 was another challenging year for the world. It is all the sweeter that I find much to celebrate within the Land Portal community.

Our global partnerships have become stronger. User trust and satisfaction in the Portal are at their highest. Open data principles and concepts are becoming better understood. The land sector has made great strides in contextualizing key land issues vis-a-vis climate change, gender equity, and indigenous rights, among other issues.

14 December 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Keitha Booth
Global

The Land Portal works to embed land governance in open data discussions and vice versa. This primer is extracted from the recently published Open Up Guide for Land Governance.

 

8 December 2021
Authors: 
Romy Sato
Daniel Hayward
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Curating land information is part of our daily work in the Land Portal. It includes selecting, categorizing, and enriching information with analysis and/or additional data, graphic visualizations, etc. In times with so much information available to choose from, people are increasingly seeking sources that offer selections of high-quality knowledge and provide analysis that make sense of it. Understanding how partners in the land community are meeting this demand is a great source for us to improve our work of curating, and providing meaning to land data.

Landscapes of Halimun Salak National Park
7 December 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Lorenzo Cotula
Global

Fann Mountains, photo by Irna Hofman (all rights reserved)
3 December 2021
Authors: 
Paul Prettitore
Global

Land tenure—the formal and informal relationship individuals and groups form with land—effectively determines who uses what land under which conditions. Tenure security is important to promote rural resilience and climate change adaptationbuild endowments of assets, and provide adequate housing. But land tenure security is not static.

The Global Land Rush, Revisited
2 December 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Lorenzo Cotula
Global

When the US housing bubble burst in late 2008, it dragged major banks into liquidation and destabilised financial systems worldwide. A long, era-defining recession ensued, ushering bank bailouts, currency crises and austerity measures. Meanwhile, China’s skyrocketing industrial production was shifting global economic power.

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