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From 7-19 December, officials from across the world are meeting in Montreal for COP15, the Convention on Biological Diversity. At the heart of their plans to save the planet lies the 30% initiative, a commitment to create even more national parks and animal reserves - a mainstream approach relying on "Fortress Conservation".
A growing body of research suggests that rather than serving as a boon for development, major fuel discoveries tend to spawn corruption and economic instability in countries that lack strong financial institutions and legal systems. More recent research suggests that these effects are not only reserved for the period after governments receive windfalls from fossil fuels. In what’s called the “presource curse,” the anticipation of oil and gas revenues may engender corruption and lead governments to prematurely restructure their economies and pile on debt.
Despite being at the forefront of local adaptation strategies, women are ignored in most climate actions.
Deputy Minister of Lands, Deus Gumba .“There has been an outcry that foreigners are taking over our land. The current land law has been amended with an aim of protecting the land from foreign citizens’ ownership”.
The Land Portal is hiring researchers with expertise on Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Mozambique, Ghana, and The Gambia.
Nearly 70% of the areas which are open natural ecosystems in India overlap with those which the government calls wastelands.
The Indonesian government has for the first time relinquished state forest into the custody of Indigenous communities in the eastern region of Papua
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are investing in real estate properties in India.
Azerbaijan and Armenia work on agreement to demarcate their shared border
The Sudan country profile is now also available in Arabic.
A new country portfolio unpacks the complexity of governing land in India.