Since 2018, the Tenure Facility publishes an Annual Report providing a rich and detailed look at our progress and that of our partners over the previous year. The Annual Report is an opportunity to showcase our work in the field, both in terms of quantitative results and the human stories behind our support for community land rights, as well as financial records and messages from our Executive Director, and the Chair of the Board of Directors.
As the world attempts to recover from the pandemic, 2021 was a year of growing recognition that secure tenure for Indigenous People’s and local communities play a major role in addressing environmental threats, and tenure has been a central theme in global environmental summits. The unprecedented COP26 pledge of 1.7billion dollars to Indigenous People’s land rights signifies progress, however challenges still remain with communities struggling to protect their human rights and territories
2020 was a year that few could have predicted. While the pandemic took the world by surprise, the bravery and creativity displayed by Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world drew on the same deepwells of resilience they have relied on for generations. This Annual Report captures some of the innovative work the Tenure Facility’s partners are doing. It is full of inspiring stories from communities who are courageously and creatively defending and strengthening their communal land rights, and have done so in 2020 amidst uniquely challenging circumstances.
2019 saw the Tenure Facility’s projects make progress across the board. New initiatives were launched in Mozambique, Belize and Guyana, whilst existing projects worked tirelessly to scale up their impact and overcome obstacles to secure land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and share the knowledge they gleaned with our global network. In a time of isolation, our annual report brings you closer to the vital work of our partners.
In the 2018 transition year, the Tenure Facility started hiring its own staff, ratified its systems, issued grants, fundraised and demonstrated great progress in Stockholm. In this first annual report, we explore how our partners are working with governments to transform international and national commitments, policies, and laws into clear legal recognition of indigenous lands and forests. And we will share stories of their leadership, strategies, achievements, learning, and innovation.