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2013-09-19 13:16:52

Billions of dollars in investment risk ignored; financial report released on eve of global conference A new analysis of land-use concessions in emerging market economies (EMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America shows that at least one out of every three hectares licensed for commercial exploitation is overlapped by indigenous community land. The quantitative analysis found that land tenure is a statistically significant source of investment risk in emerging market economy concessions...

2013-03-07 15:40:49

Africa remains a target for land-grab developments worth billions; regional dialogue in Yaoundé focuses on the need for speed While African governments are moving gradually towards protecting the land rights of rural people and indigenous communities, they are moving quickly to give away community forests and other lands for development. These conflicting choices are the focus of two new reports and a regional dialogue on forests, governance, and climate change....

2012-05-30 11:01:50

Citing global land-grab, lack of action by authorities in vulnerable nations, authors warn of risk to positive 20-year global trend -- even in Latin America New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that hundreds of millions of forest peoples in tropical nations have, in the last 20 years, quietly gained unprecedented legal rights to the land and resources owned under customary law. The research also finds, however, that more than one-third of the rules...

2012-02-08 04:16:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In response to February 3, 2012 press release by Sime Darby Berhard "False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations." (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120208/CG496290) In light of Sime Darby's February 3rd claims, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has verified all quotes and facts presented in "Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order?", "Rights to Resources in Crisis:...

2012-02-01 11:37:30

Liberian advocates report President Johnson Sirleaf flouting land rights; new logging permits sidestep laws designed to protect vulnerable forests New studies released in London today suggest that the frenzied sell-off of forests and other prime lands to buyers hungry for the developing world's natural resources risk sparking widespread civil unrest–unless national leaders and investors recognize the customary rights of millions of poor people who have lived on and worked these lands...

2010-01-22 13:05:22

Unclear land rights, corruption threaten to undermine success of promised REDD funds As environmental and political leaders struggle to determine how to move forward from the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, a new report by an international coalition of top forest organizations warns that the failure to set legal standards and safeguards for a mechanism to transfer funds to forest-rich nations may trigger a sharp rise in speculation and corruption, placing unprecedented pressures...

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2008-07-14 13:45:00

With the increased demand for crops to create biofuel, supply food and wood, the Earth's forests and overall prosperity could be in danger, according to a recent report. Only half of the extra land needed by 2030 is available without eating into tropical forested areas, according to the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). A separate report shows very little progress has been made in reforming land ownership and governance in developing countries. Supporters of RRI include the UK's...

2006-05-03 11:59:09

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - The world should double the area of forests under the control of local communities by 2015 as part of an effort to combat poverty, a new international group said on Wednesday. The Rights and Resources Initiative, backed by several governments and conservation groups, called for "an unprecedented effort to strengthen local rights to own and use forests and fight rural poverty, prevent illegal logging, and protect...