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Ecosystem Marketplace: Indigenous Land Rights on the Rise But Still Short
June 5, 2012
A report released last week by The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) provides fodder for Rio+20 discussions around land rights. Mongabay discusses the report’s broader findings. According to RRI, forest lands owned by local communities and indigenous people increased from 10% in 2002 to 15% in 2012. Despite indigenous rights progress made in 27 of studied tropical forest countries, the study finds that most identified tenure regimes restrict community rights by dismissing one or more of the rights within the extended bundle of rights – for example, allowing outsiders to exploit forests with impunity. Latin America has led the way in setting indigenous rights, while Africa lags behind with 97% of its forests owned by the state. AP hones in on the report’s observations regarding Asia.
Posted By David Robeck at 2:00pm on June 05, 2012
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