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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.  

 

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News

Uzbek Farmers Unhappy With President's Order Giving Land To Jobless Youth
14 March 2021
Uzbekistan


Main photo: Farmers complain that not only will they lose income without compensation, but they even have to pay taxes on the land they are forced to give away.

Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.
8 March 2021
Global

This year’s theme for the International Day,"Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

World's tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19
18 February 2021
Global

Threats against indigenous people and rainforests have risen during the coronavirus pandemic as governments have rolled back social and environmental safeguards to boost economic growth, land rights activists said on Thursday.

18 February 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Indonesia

PARIS (AFP) — Governments worldwide are using the Covid-19 pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups, according to a global report on deforestation and rule of la

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Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19
Reports & Research
March 2021
Brazil
Colombia
Peru
Indonesia
Global

The webinar Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19, organized by Forest Peoples Programme, the Tenure FacilityMiddlesex University, the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Land Portal Foundation, took place on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Events

3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum 2021
26 May 2021 to 27 May 2021

Location

Online
Laos
LA
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Organizers: 
Mekong Region Land Governance
Land Portal Foundation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Land Equity International
Groupe de Recherches et d'Echanges Technologiques
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
LANDac Conference 2021
30 June 2021 to 2 July 2021
Global

Land, Crisis and Resilience

30 June – 2 July 2021
afternoons (CEST), online

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. Anticipating that the COVID-19 global crisis will continue to restrict travel and large-scale events, the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021 will be held in an online format.

Organizers: 
LANDac

Blogs

Land Ownership, Tumaco's New Hope
24 February 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Nicholas Parkinson
Colombia

The pandemic has shown the Colombian government how structural land issues continue to hamper rural development.

Colombia’s hospitals have been challenged due to Covid-19, and while the government rushes to strengthen the country’s healthcare system, intensive care unit occupancy remains high throughout the pandemic.

Tungsten surface mining in Rwanda
29 January 2021
Authors: 
Nathaniah Jacobs
Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
Global
Eight Breakthroughs for Land Rights in 2020
2 February 2021
Authors: 
Chris Jochnick
Tanzania
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Liberia
Myanmar
Global

2020 was a tough year on many fronts, and land rights were no exception. COVID-19 hindered land rights advocates from doing field research, meeting with government officials, prioritizing policy initiatives, and obtaining funding.

Despite these headwinds, we have seen important advances, and the field continues to grow. Here are eight breakthroughs in 2020 to celebrate:

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