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EGM on use of administrative data in the monitoring of indicator 1.4.2 organized by WB and UN-Habitat; July 2017. Photo credit – World Bank
20 February 2019
Authors: 
Robert Ndugwa
Everlyne Nairesiae
Global

The inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal 1.4.2 and other land related indicators in the 2030 agenda remain a key achievement for global monitoring of land rights. However, such an achievement will only remain fruitful if we, as a global community, invest appropriately in the capacities and systems that are needed to activate the global reporting on these indicators at scale and in all countries. 

Harvesting sago along the Tuba River in Maluku province, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/CIFOR.
25 January 2019
Authors: 
Mr. Peter Veit
Marlena Chertock
Katelyn Bredsnajder
Peru

Peruvian indigenous communities have shown themselves to be exceptional environmental and conservation leaders. Their leaders have worked for a decade to ensure a government commitment to conserve 54 million hectares of forest, as a part of the REDD+ program.

BookyBuggy / Shutterstock.com
18 January 2019
Authors: 
Yuliya Panfil
Northern Africa
China
Global

Welcome to 2019. In San Francisco, commuters shuttle to work in self-driving Ubers. In Rwanda, drones deliver blood to patients. In China, Xiaomi released a $500 phone that allows users to map the world with 30 centimeter accuracy.

And yet, a quarter of the world’s population lacks a fundamental human right: the right to property.

Can open data empower smallholders and family farmers in Europe and Central Asia?
20 December 2018
Authors: 
Carlos Tejo
Central Asia
Eastern Europe
Hungary

I had the privilege of representing the Land Portal Foundation at the FAO Expert consultation on “Knowledge sharing for agricultural innovations applicable for smallholders and family farmers in Europe and Central Asia”, which took place in Gödöllő (Hungary) from the 10-13 September 2018.

MORE DATA - BETTER GOVERNANCE OF LAND TENURE?
20 December 2018
Authors: 
Romy Sato
Global

In the last five years, significant steps have been taken to put land tenure security as a priority in global policy frameworks, but also in implementation plans. A side event at CFS45, organised by the Global Donor Working Group on Land with other key players, took stock of progress. 

Women activists walk on top of reclaimed land during a protest against land reclamation in Jakarta Bay, Indonesia, in this April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File
4 December 2018
Authors: 
Dr. Michael Taylor
Fred Nelson
Global

After decades of being the elephant in the room of global development, only now are we seeing increased recognition of land rights

Fred Nelson is executive director of Maliasili and Michael Taylor is director of International Land Coalition 

Land rights have finally been invited to the party - sitting at the intersection of some of the world’s most urgent development, environmental, and human rights priorities.

Plant nursery in Yangambi, DRC. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
5 November 2018
Authors: 
Joseph Feyertag
Dr. Julian Quan
Global

Commercial agriculture has driven land use changes and not only affected millions of hectares of forested land, but also farmers’ and local people’s land rights. Efforts to combat deforestation are at the forefront of the international aid agenda, and clarifying and securing land rights is important for its success.

Linked Open Data and the DIKW Pyramid
25 October 2018
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

With the inclusion of several land-related indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), land data collection and monitoring has reached an unprecedented momentum. There is a palpable positive drive within both global and local civil society to contribute to the official process through advocacy, data collection and international monitoring efforts. The broad consensus is that data and information are building blocks that support better informed decision and policy making at all levels.

An Historic Victory for Liberian People and Communities
24 October 2018
Authors: 
James Yarsiah
Liberia

On September 19, Liberian President George Manneh Weah signed into law the Land Rights Bill (LRB), a landmark piece of legislation that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their customary lands and gives customary land the same standing as private land in Liberia.

Village in rural Malawi (©Lorenzo Cotula)
22 October 2018
Authors: 
Mr. Lorenzo Cotula
Global

Following last week’s meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this piece reflects on a key CFS soft-law instrument. It is an edited extract from the article “International Soft-Law Instruments and Global Resource Governance: Reflections on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure”, Law, Environment and Development Journal (2017) 13(2):115-133. The full article can be freely downloaded at http://www.lead-journal.org/content/17115.pdf.

17 October 2018
Authors: 
William Cobbett
Global

A revolution is underway. In Latin America, it has likely crested. In Southeast Asia and West Africa, it is moving apace. In East Africa, it is at its most intense.

It is brewing most remarkably not in storied national capitals and megacities, but in the medium sized, second-tier cities, less watched by governments and journalists. Cities that might double in size in 12-15 years, yet already under-resourced.

It is a demographic revolution: significant population growth which drives the epochal growth of city dwelling, as the world becomes ever more urban.

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