Scaling up recognition of indigenous and community land and forest rights
Indigenous Peoples and local communities supported by the Tenure Facility in its first two years of operations have advanced collective tenure security over over more than 4.2 million hectares of land and forest and strengthened protection over 2.4 million hectares of forest reserved for Indigenous Peoples living in voluntary isolation or initial contact. Their achievements prove that with funding and technical support, indigenous and community organizations can achieve significant results in a short period of time.
Securing tenure rights is crucial to global security. Here’s why:
At least 2.5 billion people from Indigenous Peoples and local communities live on and manage more than 50% of the world’s land area in customary or traditional systems. Despite existing laws that secure their rights, they have formal legal ownership of just 15%.
The results: poverty, environmental degradation, conflict, and human rights abuses.
Securing the land and forest tenure rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities benefit everyone by providing a foundation for achieving sustainable development, addressing climate goals and reducing conflict at a reasonable cost.
Tenure security is a prerequisite for achieving national and international goals for forest governance, food security, climate mitigation, economic development, and human rights.