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Land Degradation & Tenure

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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A motorist navigates his way through a crack on a road in Joshimath, India

Sinking land forces hundreds to leave Indian temple town

7 January 2023

Authorities in an Indian Himalayan town have stopped construction activities and started moving hundreds of people to temporary shelters after a temple collapsed and cracks appeared in over 600 houses because of sinking of land, officials said Saturday.

a farmer from Rajbari District, Bangaldesh

Degraded soil threatens to exacerbate Bangladesh food crisis

30 December 2022

Excessive use of chemical fertilizers is causing soil health degradation in Bangladesh, putting the country’s food security at risk

ILDC22022 : GLOBAL PULLS ON LOCAL LANDS - SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVES

19 October 2022

Sixth edition of ILDC is being organized in hybrid mode during 7-9 December, 2022 with theme “Global Pulls on Local Lands : Southern Perspectives” at Bengaluru, India. The objective of this year's conference is to further and expand the scope of South-South Exchange around land conversations and…

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Climate-induced migration in Somalia

3 November 2022

The LAND-at-scale program acknowledges the central role of climate change. In a short series of blogs, the knowledge management team highlights the diverse impact that climate change has on communities across the world, and how LAND-at-scale projects contribute to adaptation and mitigation measures…

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Land Rights, Biodiversity and Global Health: How Can Indigenous People Help Prevent Future Pandemics?

20 May 2021

The Ford Foundation, the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility and the Thomson Reuters Foundation launched a webinar on May 20th on the the link between “environmental imbalances” and “emerging infectious diseases".  This is well established in literature; studies have shown that activities…