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Land and Covid-19

As governments press pause on economic activities and people change their work and social behaviors to halt the spread of COVID-19, there are several hidden dimensions that can put pressure on land governance and management and threaten the land rights security of millions worldwide. In this section, we’ve put together the latest news on how COVID-19 affects various dimensions of land rights.  

 

Key Debates

Information by country

News

Proposed land management and urban planning law moves forward
6 January 2021
Cambodia

Main photo: the new law was proposed in the light of developments in Cambodia’s property sector. KT/Pann Rachana

A proposal that will lead to substantial changes to the existing law governing land management and urban planning in Cambodia is moving forward.

Library

Conference Papers & Reports
November 2020
Latin America and the Caribbean

Esta memoria recoge las ponencias de los especialistas y representantes de organizaciones de la sociedad civil que participaron en el XI Foro de la Tierra ALC denominado “Desigualdad en América Latina y el Caribe: impacto y propuestas para la gobernanza de la tierra” , realizado del martes 13 al viernes 16 de octubre de forma virtual debido a la situación de emergencia sanitaria mundial por la

Informal settlements and access to data in the time of COVID: a case for sharing data for decision making
Reports & Research
November 2020
Southern Africa

The spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and other countries in the region has again brought to the fore the fact that very dense, under-serviced, mostly informal, settlements are not healthy places to live. They are also places where the spread of a disease is difficult to prevent or manage.

Reports & Research
October 2020
India

India is currently among the most affected countries by COVID19, recording over 6 million cases, by September 30 2020. The pandemic and lockdown measures have had a drastic impact on a large population of poor and marginalisedcommunities, causing loss of livelihoods and employment, food insecurity and socio-economic distress.

Events

Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19
18 February 2021

Location

Online
United States
US
Global

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00-11:30 AM ET (4:00-5:30 PM CET)

Organizers: 
Forest Peoples Programme
Land Portal Foundation
The Tenure Facility
Second Arab Land Conference 2021
22 February 2021 to 24 February 2021

Location

Cairo
Egypt
EG
Algeria
Egypt
Libya
Morocco
Sudan
Jordan
Palestine
Saudi Arabia
Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt is pleased to announce the Second Arab Land Conference to be organized under the patronage of the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities.

Organizers: 
Global Land Tool Network
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
World Bank Group
Government of Egypt

Blogs

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.

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. 

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