New “Global Baseline” Measures the Extent of Indigenous and Community Land Rights Worldwide

le 11/01/2016

RRI released a first-of-its-kind baseline to quantify the amount of land formally recognized by national governments as owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Who Owns the World’s Land—which analyzes 64 countries covering 82 percent of earth’s land—reveals that, while local and indigenous communities hold as much as 65 percent of the world’s land area under customary systems, they formally own only 10 percent, and have limited use rights to an additional 8 percent. This huge gap is a major driver of conflict, disrupted investments, environmental degradation, climate change, and cultural extinction.

Factsheet for Asia here.

Factsheet for Latin America (in spanish) here.

Factsheet for Sub-Saharan Africa here.

Source : RRI