LANDac is a partnership between several Dutch organizations and their Southern partners involved in development-related research, policy and practice with respect to land governance. The partners share a concern for the increase in land inequality and land-related conflicts. They are interested in how land governance – rules and practices on access to land – can be used to promote equitable and sustainable development in the Global South. LANDac aims to improve and strengthen the relationship between academic research and policy and practice in the area of international cooperation.
Land acquisitions and land use restrictions can have adverse impacts on communities and individuals, including physical displacement; loss of land, income or livelihood; and/or involuntary resettlement. The World Bank addresses these negative impacts in its Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers on the application of its Environmental and Social Standard 5 (ESS5): Land Acquisitions, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement.
Central America and the Caribbean are considerably vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Political analyst Geovanny Vicente Romero investigates.