In 2022 we remain in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, increasingly violent weather events connected to the changing climate, and global security tensions due to war and conflict. Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are among the most vulnerable and are both directly and indirectly hard-hit by these events.
2021 was a year of big promises concerning tenure rights. At COP26, international world leaders met in Glasgow to discuss how to address climate change. One of the resounding takeaways was an unprecedented 1.7 billion dollar pledge in support of ancestral community land rights, aiming to place IPLCs rights central to global policy-making and discourse. This year´s Land Dialogues series will focus on the opportunities this recognition presents and explore what immediate steps are needed to ensure Indigenous Peoples and local communities legal land rights recognition. The discussions will look at the legal frameworks advancing tenure rights, the use of data as a source of empowerment, innovative tools supporting governance of territories and the power of stories to other themes that affect and offer opportunities to the most vulnerable groups within the land sector to claim their rights, monitor and hold decision-makers accountable.
With this in mind, a series of four webinars will be held in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, Portuguese and French. The Land Dialogues are co-organized by the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility, the Ford Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.