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Land, Climate Change & Environment

Climate change can destabilize existing land and resource governance institutions and associated property rights across the spectrum of landscape types. Transformed climatic conditions, manifested in either rapid-onset or slow-onset ways, can change how land and natural resources are accessed and used as geographical shifts in resource productivity, resource scarcity, and therefore land use patterns occur.

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Cabo Verde: ‘Unprecedented’ food insecurity triggers social and economic emergency

24 June 2022

The island nation of Cabo Verde is facing record levels of food insecurity due to drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, affecting some 181,000 people, or 32 per cent of the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.  Recent hard-won gains in food security…

In the Mekong Delta, sand mining means lost homes and fortunes

23 June 2022

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In photos: Cape of floods City residents battle cold and rain as a heavy storm hits Cape Town   The Kuilsriver gushes along Covid informal settlement in Mfuleni, Cape Town, flooding the bordering houses. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks Cape Town has been hit a by a huge storm. Our journalists photographed…


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No Climate Transition Without Securing Land Rights

No Climate Transition Without Securing Land Rights

2 June 2022

The 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is taking place in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, from 9 to 20 May 2022. The theme: “Land, Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.” “We are faced with a crucial choice,” Deputy…

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Post COP26 Reflections: A Focus on Opportunities for Customary Land Rights

19 May 2022

May 19th 2022 at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (15:00 PM– 16:30 PM CEST) 2021 was a year of big promises concerning tenure rights. At COP26, an unprecedented 1.7 billion dollar pledge was made in support of ancestral community land rights, aiming to place IPLCs rights central to global policy-making and…