For centuries, people around the world in the continents of Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America have been living off the forests and other natural resources to sustain their livelihoods, their cultural practices and sometimes even religious rituals.
The COVID-19 crisis has made 2020 the most challenging year in our lifetime. It has demonstrated the need to ensure that sustainable and equitable land governance remains a priority on the international agenda. The pandemic also underscored the importance of digital platforms for both maintaining access to data and information and providing a space people can trust.
Leon Verstappen, qui est professeur de droit privé à l'université de Groningue et juge adjoint à la Cour d'appel de La Haye, a quitté la présidence du Conseil de Land Portal, poste qu'il occupait depuis la création de la Fondation du portail terrestre en 2014. Leon raconte son engagement avec le Land Portal depuis sa création en tant que projet sur plus d'une décennie et son évolution jusqu'à aujourd'hui.
Leon Verstappen, who is a professor of private law at the University of Groningen and deputy judge at the Court of appeals in The Hague, has stepped down as Chair of the Land Portal Board, a position he has held since the establishment of the Land Portal Foundation in 2014. Leon recounts his engagement with the Land Portal since its inception as a project over more than a decade and its evolution up to the present day.
Por Frédéric Mousseau
Un informe reciente del Instituto Oakland detalla las diversas formas en que los gobiernos, voluntariamente o por la presión de las instituciones financieras y los llamados países donantes, intentan privatizar la tierra y hacerla accesible para ser explotada.
Esas formas incluyen a las reformas agrarias, cambios en las leyes y reglamentaciones, uso de nueva tecnología para el registro de tierras, así como la eliminación de las salvaguardas vigentes que protegen a los pueblos indígenas y el medio ambiente.
COVID-19 and climate change are impacting all of us, but the dual disasters have a disproportionate impact on communities in emerging economies. These impacts are felt most acutely in rural areas, especially among indigenous communities and minority groups, and by women and others who are marginalized within those groups.
For rural people, especially low-income rural people, land and livelihood are one and the same. Access to land means the opportunity to earn a decent income and achieve food and nutrition security, and it can also pave the way for access to social benefits such as health care and education. A lack of secure land access, on the other hand, can disempower rural people and expose them to the combined threats of poverty, hunger and conflict.
How will you feel when you are discriminated against and denied privileges that other people enjoy? What will be your reaction? Have you asked yourself why indigenous peoples around the world feel they are denied their rights and left behind in development agenda? To answer all this, I had to look at the food security and tenure rights for indigenous women / communities in Africa thirteen years since the establishment of the International Rural Women’s Day