The Tenure Facility works directly with Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their allies to ensure laws on community rights are translated into rights recognition on the ground. It supports them to achieve formal legal recognition of their territorial rights on maps, in laws, and in the plans and operations of governments and private investors. We work strategically with local, national, and international stakeholders to foster community-level partnership and joint action with governments and the private sector.
The Tenure Facility generally operates within, or seeks to improve, existing government structures to ensure communities can assert their rights to the land they have maintained for generations. We aim to invest at least US$10 million a year for the first 10 years. Projections suggest that this investment would increase titled, protected, and well-managed community and indigenous tropical forest land by 42 to 91 million hectares. This increase in tenure security would help to prevent about 1 to 2.5 million hectares of deforestation and mitigate climate change by avoiding emission of 0.5 to 1.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The Tenure Facility aims to achieve two outcomes: 1) The land and forest rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are made more secure by governments in targeted developing countries; and 2) Practical approaches for implementing land and forest tenure reforms are shared and leveraged by practitioners and stakeholders to enable greater support and investment in securing the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
In 2021 Tenure Facility’s partners achieved the titling of over 5.1 million hectares of land and forest and were on track to document and verify evidence-based claims of up to 10 million hectares, altogether advancing collective tenure security over more than 15 million hectares. In addition, our partners had significantly advanced the protection of over 2.4 million hectares of two Indigenous reserves in Peru. All areas combined; Tenure Facility-backed projects are supporting approximately 7.5 million people.
In addition, they have tested new approaches to securing community tenure rights with governments, demonstrated cost-effective methods for securing tenure at scale, and shown how securing tenure can reduce conflict—setting the stage for peace and prosperity.
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
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.
Our 2019 Annual Report offers you a glimpse into our partners’ efforts to secure their territories. Whilst the destination is the same, the journey to secure tenure varies enormously depending on country and local contexts.
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.