The following is a complete list of RRI publications.

For questions regarding a specific publication, email us at mqureshi@rightsandresources.org.

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Recognizing Indigenous and Community Rights: Priority Steps to Advance Development and Mitigate Climate Change

Recognizing Indigenous and Community Rights: Priority Steps to Advance Development and Mitigate Climate Change

Author/Org: Rights and Resources Initiative

September 17, 2014

There has been longstanding, and in many countries unmet, demand from Indigenous Peoples and local communities for the formal recognition of their rights to customarily owned lands, forests, and other natural resources. Today, there is unprecedented agreement among governments, the development cooperation community, private investors, and companies, that securing local land rights is an urgent, global priority. This brief calculates the cost of securing Indigenous Peoples’ and community rights to the tropical forests where they live, noting that secure land tenure is a prerequisite for the success of climate, poverty reduction and ecosystem conservation initiatives.

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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

SÉCURISER LES DROITS POUR LUTTER CONTRE LE CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE: Comment le renforcement des droits forestiers des communautés atténue le changement climatique

ASEGURANDO DERECHOS, LUCHANDO CONTRA EL CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO: Cómo el fortalecimiento de los derechos forestales comunitarios mitiga el cambio climático

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

August 21, 2014

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change analyzes the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

This report makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change.

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Forest Land Acquisition by Stora Enso in South China: Status, Issues, and Recommendations

Forest Land Acquisition by Stora Enso in South China: Status, Issues, and Recommendations

April 16, 2014

This report – a follow-up to our 2010 investigation on Stora Enso’s land acquisition in China, which revealed violations of forest farmers’ property rights – assesses the company’s efforts to address rights infringements identified in 2010.

Prepared with Landesa, the report identifies several corrective actions taken by Stora Enso to remedy the situation, including suspending further acquisition of collective forest land, making corrections to 35 percent of its existing contracts, and launching an internal screening and correction process for existing contracts. Despite these measures, however, a number of legal and operational flaws in these corrective actions were found and many issues remain unresolved.

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What Future for Reform?

Quelles Perspectives D'Avenir Pour La Réforme Fonciére?

¿Qué Futuro le Aguarda a la Reforma de la Tenencia Forestal?

What Future for Reform?

Author/Org: Rights and Resources Initiative

March 26, 2014

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 local communities who have lived in and around forests for generations, the forests belong to them, under locally defined systems of customary tenure. In most countries, however, governments have claimed ownership of much of the forest estate through historical processes of expropriation, and those claims have been formalized in statutory laws. While governments are increasingly recognizing local ownership and control of forests, forest tenure arrangements remain in dispute or unclear in many places, including low, middle, and high income countries.

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Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments

État des lieux des droits sur le carbone forestier et implications pour les communautés, le marché du carbone et les investissements REDD+

Estado de los derechos de carbono forestal y sus implicaciones para las comunidades, el mercado de carbono y las inversiones en REDD+

Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments

March 19, 2014

The Warsaw Framework on REDD+ adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC in November 2013 paves the way for payments to flow to developing countries for carbon emissions reductions from forests. The new framework encourages countries to set up a national entity or designated focal point for REDD+, which will be eligible to receive financing to implement REDD+ activities and strategies. The climate community has generally welcomed this decision as a landmark achievement, although there has been some criticism regarding the lack of a mechanism to implement social and environmental safeguards to protect the rights of local peoples.

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Lots of Words, Little Action

Statu Quo

Muchas palabras, poca acción

Lots of Words, Little Action

February 5, 2014

The annual review of the state of rights and resources 2013-2014.

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