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Data story about the Voluntary Guidelines (VGGT)
4 October 2022
Authors: 
Daniel Hayward
Sierra Leone
Colombia
Global

This data story scrutinises some of the impacts of the VGGT. It highlights available data on how the VGGTs have been used, how associated project work incorporates the guidelines, and whether implementation has resulted in tangible change in the security of land tenure for communities around the world. 

29 September 2022
Authors: 
Lilian Lee
Brazil
Colombia
Ecuador
Peru
Amazonia

Indigenous and local leaders from Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil discussed how recent global events have put more pressure on natural resources in their territories, affecting their lives and relationship with land.

      
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Eritrea has been described as a ‘garrison state’[1].  Following decades of war to win independence from Ethiopia in 1991, any social gains made by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) during the liberation struggle were rapidly eroded.  Newly independent Eritrea quickly fell under the authoritarian rule of Isaias Afwerki, who violently purged all political opposition, shelved the constitution, and disbanded the National Assembly to consolidate his personal rule which persists to the present day.
 

Ministerio de Agricultura - Colombia

Colombia is considered one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world, due to its geographic location: landscapes range from the Amazon in the south, to the Andes in the middle zone, to the valleys and coasts of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The country has over 44 million inhabitants, of which almost 2 million identify themselves as indigenous and almost 3 million as black, Afro-Colombian, Raizal or Palenquero (NARP - acronym in Spanish)

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One third of the world’s soils - including farmland, forests, rangelands, and urban land - are already degraded and it is estimated that this number could rise to almost 90% by 2050. Land Degradation occurs naturally, but research shows that land degradation is increasingly caused directly or indirectly by unsustainable human activities, notably deforestation, overgrazing, mining or intensive agriculture. This has driven biodiversity loss, desertification, and led to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

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