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At the end of September, the global land community met in Bern, Switzerland for the 2nd International Conference on Community Land Rights, to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing those who rely on access to community lands for their livelihoods. Discussions at the conference focused on the perpetual divide between indigenous peoples and governments with regard to land ownership.




Large-scale resource developments can threaten people's land and the quality of their environment. Now a new initiative is bringing grassroots organisations together with international lawyers to fight for resource justice.


Around the world, large-scale resource developments threaten the lands and environment of millions of people. A new initiative, Lawyers for Resource Justice, helps to put power back into the hands of communities who are defending their rights and demanding responsible, fair natural resource development in their homelands.

Share data - Illustration credit: Ainsley Seago.

A call to understand a bit more about sharing data, metadata, linking things up and how it all plays together in today's Web to help answer tomorrow's challenges.

Publish data on the Web, what is Open Data, why it matter. (*) - part 1

  • Why it matters
  • Stop data hugging, go for Open Data !

How to make your data (re)useable by other (**, ***) - part 2

  • Structure your data
  • Use Open standards and formats

Make it better,  ! (****, *****) - part 3




Despite advances in global gender equality, "we are still failing rural women, particularly women farmers", write Jacqui Ashby and Jennifer Twyman.

As is often the case, failure is rooted in missing information. We are failing rural women farmers by not empowering them to improve the wrong data which we use to describe their situations, the authors write. As a result, the knowledge we need in order to boost food supplies in changing climates is much less complete than it could be. 




Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous peoples is key to "leaving no one behind" in global Sustainable Development Goals.

This week in New York, representatives of United Nations member states will meet to discuss an ambitious new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets for countries around the world to achieve by 2030, inspired by the ethos that the world must "leave no one behind". 





It is well known that property rights, which govern how individuals can control, benefit from and transfer property, influence the condition of natural resources and environments around the world.

Yet there remains much to learn about the nature of that relationship.




Muchos de los que venimos de Occidente asumimos que la certificación de derechos sobre la tierra, el registro y la titulación son atributos importantes de cualquier sistema de tenencia o derecho a la propiedad. Consideramos que el registro formal de los derechos sobre la tierra representa un factor imprescindible puesto que garantiza la seguridad de la tenencia de los agricultores, una condición habilitante esencial para el desarrollo agrícola.




A lot of us who may come from the West assume that land rights certification, registration or titling are important attributes of any kind of land tenure or property rights system. We think of formal recording of land rights as essential to assuring farmers that they have land tenure security, an important enabling condition to agricultural development.

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