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18 June 2018
Uganda

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Thanks to an initiative by the International Center for Forestry Research, (CIFOR) women in Uganda’s Lake Victoria Crescent are not only working to reforest degraded land but are also making significant strides toward greater gender equality.

According to Esther Mwangi, a principal scientist with Forests and Governance at CIFOR based in Nairobi, cultural norms prevent rural women from planting trees. Doing so is considered establishing a claim on the land, creating a challenge when it comes to reforestation.

19 June 2018
Global

Experts from finance, research and policy cite land tenure as biggest perceived risk

United States - “It’s the biggest risk to look at,” said Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director of Finance in Motion investment advisory. “When land use conflicts arise, sometimes you can lose the entire investment. With big investments of 20 billion or so, you don’t have possibility of failure.”

18 June 2018
Global

This is a call for expressions of interest in carrying out evaluation studies aimed at helping the Land Portal Foundation assess its current progress and develop its capacity to achieve its strategic goals.

18 June 2018
Ghana

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and other stakeholders will hold this year’s International Day of Forests on June 26.

A statement signed by the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, said this year’s celebration, the seventh since its inception, would be held at Sakora Wonoo Roman Catholic School Park, in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region.

18 June 2018
Global

Europe - Governments around the world have pledged over 150 million hectares of forested land for restoration, but only five million have been subject to such interventions so far.

13 June 2018
Mexico
United States of America

"Walls have never solved problems, whether that's in terms of immigration, in terms of militarization"

EL PASO, Texas - To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their hunts.

Indian communities living miles away use the river to send messages to fellow tribes downstream, tribal chief Jose Sierra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

17 June 2018
India

Five village-level organizations working on water management, social issues and strengthening agriculture have been awarded the Anil Shah Gram Sangathan award. The award is given by the Development Support Centre in honour of its founder Anil Shah, who was also a former bureaucrat who worked for the upliftment of village.

Kabré Ali a farmer says "I sell all my production. This allows me to support my family. I'm happy here. I hope that the rainy season will be as good as last year." Tintilou village, Burkina Faso.
15 June 2018
Global

The acquisition of agricultural land is growing at an unprecedented rate in Africa, as global demand for food and resources grows. Research shows that land disputes are also on the rise, exposing businesses to severe risks at the project level. The problem is endemic and growing – companies want evidence-based approaches to address this new reality and understand their exposure to risk. The Quantifying Tenure Risk (QTR) financial model blends verified company data with detailed case research to accurately assess tenure risk and provide tailored support to investors and businesses.

13 June 2018
India

"The film carries people's voice - that land is their right"

MUMBAI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Residents of Mumbai's sprawling Dharavi slum face down a powerful politician eying their community for a real estate development in an Indian blockbuster, which puts a rare spotlight on land rights of the urban poor.

Audiences have been applauding when the character played by Tamil-cinema superstar Rajinikanth tells the politician: "To you land is power, to us it means life."

8 June 2018
Taiwan

"We are the original inhabitants of this island...this regulation denies us what is rightfully ours"

TAIPEI - Taipei's Peace Memorial Park is an oasis of calm in the bustling city, home to morning walkers and lunchtime strollers - along with a camp of indigenous protesters demanding justice.

For several months, the small group has lived in tents in a corner of the park, with a makeshift kitchen and a cluster of painted rocks, photographs and posters tracing Taiwan's indigenous history and their fight for land rights.

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