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Land investments encompass a wide range of activity in forestry, agriculture, mining, industry, urban infrastructure, tourism, and conservation. Theoretical benefits see investment bringing capital, jobs, technology and knowledge transfer, and infrastructure development to a locality. Yet a wave of agribusiness plantation deals over the past 15 years has also highlighted the risks land investments can create, including land conflict and dispossession.

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Guidance for Agricultural Investments towards enhanced responsibility

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A project of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, co-funded by the EU and implemented through the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been striving to ensure that investments in land are productive, contribute to sustainable land management,…

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Rapid Response Mechanisms

Rapid response mechanisms: proactive legal support for communities

4 June 2024

Rapid response mechanisms (RRMs) are a new, proactive legal approach designed to provide legal and technical support to communities facing nascent conflicts related to land-based investments. RRMs provide preventative rather than reactive legal help the moment a conflict arises or community members…

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When carbon markets go wrong: How to ensure access to remedy for land tenure violations

8 February 2024

This webinar will explore what access to remedy might look like for communities in the global carbon market system, with a focus on issues of land and resources tenure. Hearing from communities impacted by carbon markets and experts in grievance mechanism design, the webinar will highlight the key…