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29 June 2020
Authors: 
Jeet Singh
India

31 March 2017
Kenya
Ghana

In March, the Trump Administration released a new budget proposal that would cut funding to the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development by 28 percent. The proposal also reduces funding to the United Nations for ongoing climate change efforts.

Land Governance in Ethiopia in the Time of COVID-19
26 June 2020
Authors: 
Dr. Ziade Hailu
Ethiopia

In countries like Ethiopia where around 80-85 percent of the population are engaged in agricultural activities, interruption of the land governance system due to the lockdown and social distancing is not only a public health concern but also food and nutrition security.

24 June 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Berns Komba Lebbie
Miss .Christiana I.B Ellie
Sierra Leone

Under the British colonial rule, Sierra Leone’s land mass was divided into two areas, the colony area and protectorate area. The British government, under the Crown Queen, had direct rule over the land within the capital of Freetown, which was the colony, leaving the provincial lands under the customary rule of chiefs and tribal heads, naming that area as the protectorate region.

10 June 2020
Authors: 
Frank van Holst
Morten Hartvigsen
Kristina Mitic Arsova
North Macedonia
Global

It happened on the 29th of January 2020 in Bitola in North Macedonia. More than 200 landowners from Egri village gathered in Bitola’s theatre, taking turns to vote on the Land Consolidation Plan. The serious faces of men and women, old and young, were a sign that they may have been as nervous as we were ourselves. The voting on the first majority based land consolidation ever in the country was coming to an end. And then the result was there….. 83% in favour of land consolidation! The villagers were cheering. Our team was overwhelmed by emotion.

10 June 2020
Authors: 
Kristina Mitic Arsova
Margret Vidar
North Macedonia

I was assigned to lead the preparation of the assessments and amendments to the land consolidation legislation in 2016. That appeared to be a burdensome task. The first two land consolidation projects in North Macedonia were initiated according to the existing Land Consolidation Law and the implementation was blocked. The Law simply had no legal solutions for the identified field situations. The problems were many and each was ascending the other in its magnitude and sensitivity.

Construction works in Skjern River nature restoration project, Denmark
10 June 2020
Authors: 
Marije Louwsma
Morten Hartvigsen
Maxim Gorgan
Western Europe

The increasing number of salmon in the Skjern River in Denmark is a positive sign, as the Danish salmon is the only strain of wild salmon left in Danish rivers. Before the Skjern River Nature Restoration Project, the salmon had almost gone extinct owing to the state of the environment. The project area now offers ideal conditions for flora and fauna and has already acquired great natural value. In fact, it has already grown into a bird site of national importance.

XIAOWAN DAM IN NANJIAN COUNTY, YUNNAN PROVINCE, SOUTHWEST CHINA. PHOTO CREDIT: GUILLAUME LACOMBE/CIRAD
28 April 2020
Authors: 
Ms. Amy Fallon
Mr. Marko Kallio
China
South-Eastern Asia
Thailand

This article was originally published through CSDS (Center for Social Development Studies) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. It can be found at: https://www.csds-chula.org/publications/2020/4/28/critical-nature-are-chinas-dams-on-the-mekong-causing-downstream-drought-the-importance-of-scientific-debate

 

Rethinking land for the 21st century
4 June 2020
Authors: 
Dr. Nikita Sud
India
Global
  • The 21st century is seeing the impacts of modernisation of the previous century. The most apparent impact is climate change.
  • Land is intertwined with the human trajectory and powers of access to land come from social, political or other kinds of dominance, writes Nikita Sud in this commentary.
  • By recoginising the many lives of land, it allows us to better appreciate, and strengthen, political processes that are less extractive and centralised, and more democratic.
2 June 2020
Authors: 
Mr. Lorenzo Cotula
Niger
Sierra Leone
Colombia
Indonesia
Philippines
Global

Reports suggest the COVID-19 fallout is providing opportunities for elites to seize lands and rewrite regulations. We need effective responses to secure land rights and lay the foundations for a just recovery. 

 

28 May 2020
Authors: 
Prof. Tomaso Ferrando
Prof. Marcela Vecchione-Gonçalves
Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil

Law Project 2.633/2020 is presented to the Brazilian Congress and may sign a point of no-return in the struggle for the Amazon and its socio-biodiversity

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