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Land, Climate Change & Environment

Climate change can destabilize existing land and resource governance institutions and associated property rights across the spectrum of landscape types. Transformed climatic conditions, manifested in either rapid-onset or slow-onset ways, can change how land and natural resources are accessed and used as geographical shifts in resource productivity, resource scarcity, and therefore land use patterns occur.

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Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price

200,000 at risk of starvation as drought ravages Somalia: UN

28 September 2022

The United Nations has warned that the Horn of Africa nation is on the brink of famine for the second time in just over a decade, with 200,000 people in danger of starvation.

One-third of China's land protected under ecological 'red line' scheme

26 September 2022

China first proposed its "red line" scheme in 2011 to put an end to decades of "irrational development" that had encroached on forests, wetlands and other precious ecosystems.

'Changing the environment through hard work': Taiwanese tree-planter in Mongolia

24 September 2022

Seventy percent of land in Mongolia has succumbed to desertification. The land has also come under relentless pressure from overgrazing by 60 million head of livestock and extractive industries like mining. 

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Webinar Recap: Pandemic, social unrest and war echoing in the Amazon

29 September 2022

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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Post COP26 Reflections: A Focus on Opportunities for Customary Land Rights

19 May 2022

May 19th 2022 at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (15:00 PM– 16:30 PM CEST) 2021 was a year of big promises concerning tenure rights. At COP26, an unprecedented 1.7 billion dollar pledge was made in support of ancestral community land rights, aiming to place IPLCs rights central to global policy-making and…