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A Just Transition for Communities: Can Wind and Solar Projects Turn Human Rights Lessons into Leadership?

06 September 2022
Sarah Dolton-Zborowski

Land acquisition without consent or compensation. Loss of cultural identity and traditions. Threats and violence against human rights defenders. These are just some of the human rights impacts Indigenous Peoples and other local communities face, among over 200 allegations against the renewable energy industry over the last decade as recorded by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. The unlikely source of nearly half of these? Wind and solar projects.


The Global Land Rush, Revisited

02 December 2021
Lorenzo Cotula

When the US housing bubble burst in late 2008, it dragged major banks into liquidation and destabilised financial systems worldwide. A long, era-defining recession ensued, ushering bank bailouts, currency crises and austerity measures. Meanwhile, China’s skyrocketing industrial production was shifting global economic power.

How do we channel the ESG investment boom towards low-income countries?

15 September 2021
Joseph Feyertag
Judith Tyson

Private financial flows that are tracked against certain Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria reached record highs in 2020. But this boom may not be having a material impact, especially in low-income countries (LICs) which are most in need of it. Identifying and managing unknown financial risks can help re-balance the risk-reward ratio for sustainable investors.


 


Responsible Agricultural Investment in Mekong forest landscapes

27 May 2021
Daniel Hayward

The fourth session of the Mekong Land Forum introduced the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investment and identified some of the challenges ahead in implementation. Two companies shared their experiences working with a strong policy in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), so that we could consider how company practices can align with the Guidelines.
 

Want to fight climate change? Support indigenous people

05 May 2021
Vicky Tauli-Corpuz
Sônia Guajajara
Peter Seligmann

By Sônia Guajajara (Guajajara), Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB); Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (Kanakaney-Igorot), former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Gregorio Mirabal (Wakuenai Kurripaco), General Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA); and Peter Seligmann, co-founder and CEO of Nia Tero.
 

Earth Day 2021: Celebrating and recognizing the leadership and climate action of Indigenous peoples and local communities

05 May 2021
Johnson Cerda

Today, on Earth Day I want to celebrate the efforts made by Indigenous peoples around the world to continue protecting our planet. Of the many significant experiences at the local level, I want to highlight an initiative developed in the Peruvian Amazon with the MDE Saweto Peru project.

 

 

 

Five mega-trends affecting forests will have profound impacts on local communities

15 December 2020

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.

Three reasons to invest in land tenure security

21 October 2020
Harold Liversage
Ms. Giulia Barbanente

For rural people, especially low-income rural people, land and livelihood are one and the same. Access to land means the opportunity to earn a decent income and achieve food and nutrition security, and it can also pave the way for access to social benefits such as health care and education. A lack of secure land access, on the other hand, can disempower rural people and expose them to the combined threats of poverty, hunger and conflict.

Announcing PlaceFund

15 January 2020
Mike Kubzansky

Today we are pleased to mark the official launch of PlaceFund, an independent US nonprofit organization focused on addressing issues of insecure property rights, unsustainable land use, and climate change. Built off a decade as the Property Rights initiative at Omidyar Network, PlaceFund will operate under the leadership of Peter Rabley and Amy Regas, who will be leaving Omidyar Network to run this venture, and they will take our shared commitment to property rights and geospatial technology into the new decade.