Indigenous Peoples and local communities live and manage more than half of the world’s land. These biodiverse ancestral lands are vital to the people who steward them and the planet we all share. But governments only recognise indigenous and community legal ownership of 10% of the world’s lands. When land rights aren’t legally recognised, it puts lives and ecosystems at risk. This leads to higher rates of deforestation and degradation – resulting in more planet-warming emissions. Reducing land conflict, advancing human rights, promoting development and contributing to sustainable climate solutions can all start with strengthening community tenure rights. The Tenure Facility works alongside Indigenous Peoples and local communities to advance their community land rights while connecting and sharing the knowledge, innovations and tools that emerge.
At the Tenure Facility, our goal is simple: we work with indigenous and local communities across the developing world so they can thrive, and expand the sustainable management and protection of their forests and lands for the betterment of themselves and global society as a whole.
How we work
The Tenure Facility provides grants and technical assistance directly to Indigenous Peoples, local communities and their partners, to support their struggle for land reform and secure tenure, with a particular focus on mitigating climate change, reducing conflict and promoting gender equality.
Over 2.5 billion people from Indigenous Peoples and local communities live on and manage more than 50% of the world’s land area through customary or traditional systems, including some of the most important and biodiverse forest areas in the world. Despite existing laws that secure their rights, they have formal legal ownership of only 10% of this land, with some degree of government-recognised management rights over an additional 8%.