Establishing a world with more just and secure access to land and natural resources

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) supports the developing world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities in forests and other rural areas, helping them to secure and realize the rights to own, control, and benefit from the natural resources they have depended on for generations.

We work together with community organizations, civil society, governments, international institutions, and the private sector to promote and accelerate global efforts to improve local livelihoods, reform forest tenure and governance, combat poverty, mitigate the effects of climate change, and deliver sustainable development.

RRI’s Mission is to support local communities’ and Indigenous Peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting greater global commitment and action towards policy, market and legal reforms that secure their rights to own, control and benefit from natural resources, especially land and forests.

recent analyses

What Future for Reform?

Who owns the world’s forests, and who decides on their governance? The answers to these questions are still deeply contested. To many Indigenous Peoples and…
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RRI Email Update – 2014.1

Despite significant progress by many governments in recognizing forest land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, a daunting reality on the ground remains cause…
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