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Under cover of COVID, new laws in Asia threaten environmental and social protections
6 January 2021
Authors: 
Kundan Kumar
Asia
Indonesia
Philippines

Hit hard by the pandemic, Asia's indigenous and local communities face fresh government-led efforts to exploit their land and resources

In addition to its devastating toll on public health, COVID-19 has exacerbated global food insecurity and economic crises. These costs have been particularly acute for Indigenous Peoples and local communities on customarily governed territories and lands.

Five mega-trends affecting forests will have profound impacts on local communities
15 December 2020
China
Global

We need to understand the consequences of technology, migration, climate shifts, infrastructure and a growing middle class on forest-dependent people

The fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement offers a moment to reflect on progress towards global climate goals. When it comes to protecting the world’s forests, which are essential to global and national efforts to combat climate change and biodiversity loss, there has been little – if any – progress.

The disaster for Barbudans and their fragile homeland continues
14 December 2020
Authors: 
Line Algoed
John Mussington
Dr. Liz Alden Wily
Antigua and Barbuda

"Land is not commodity" VFVL law campaign poster in Kayah State
11 December 2020
Myanmar

Yesterday, on International Human Rights Day, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands announced that Saw Eh Say, the coordinator from the Kayah Earthrights Action Network (KEAN), received the 2020 Human Rights Tulip Myanmar Award for his great efforts to promote the right to land in Myanmar. The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award of the Dutch government for outstanding and courageous human rights defenders.

International Anti-Corruption Day: Recover with Integrity by Tackling Land Corruption
9 December 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Neil Sorensen
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Europe
Global

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, and corrupt practices in the context of land administration and land management have come to be known as ‘land corruption.’ Unfortunately, land corruption is all too common, with one in every five people across the globe paying bribes to access land services. 

8 December 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Tim Hanstad
Global

In recent months, supreme courts from India to Nigeria and Zimbabwe have issued historic opinions recognizing and

Implementing land trust in Bangladesh
6 December 2020
Bangladesh

Blog by Monzur Hossain and Naoyuki Yoshino, reposted from the Financial Express, Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world but with a land-man ratio of 0.06 ha per person, it occupies the lowest rank. The increasing population begets an increasing demand for non-agricultural land which further contributes to an aberrant hike in land price. This obstructs investment opportunities and cuts down affordable housing facilities for the common people.

Uncontrolled deforestation
4 December 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Francisco Carranza
Ms. Joan Waithira Mwangi
Dr. Maria Paola Rizzo
Mrs. Francesca Romano
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Global

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 Great Soybean Expansion: Miracle or Curse?
2 December 2020
Authors: 
Dr. Marcello De Maria
Ms. Amayaa Wijesinghe
Tanzania
Brazil
China
Global

The global soybean trade was worth about 9.5 billion of US dollars in 2000. By the end of this year – in 2020 – it is projected to exceed 60 billion[1]. This is just one of the many figures that explains why the last two decades might be remembered as the Great Soybean Expansion, the period when soybean became one of the most traded commodities in the world – but also one of the most controversial.

Presenting Land Portal Impact
1 December 2020
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

Leon Verstappen
1 December 2020
Authors: 
Prof. Leon Verstappen
Global

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.

 

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