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Our approach includes aggregating and visualizing data, conducting policy and legal reviews, and performing cutting edge research to influence progress on a large-scale. LRR is organized around the following four cross-cutting themes representing the key land and resource rights issues:

  • Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Indigenous peoples and local communities often have insecure land tenure, leaving them vulnerable to violations of their land and resource rights. We aim to help indigenous peoples and local communities strengthen their tenure security as both a human right and a means of sustainable environmental management.

  • Private Sector: Large-scale land acquisitions have increased in recent years, with resultant encroachments on the land and resource rights of rural people. LRR encourages the private sector to improve internal policies and comply with international best practices, ensuring companies and their suppliers do not violate the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

  • Sustainable Cities: Urban growth is expected to continue, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. While beneficial, urbanization also produces informal settlements and other tenure issues impacting a city’s sustainability. By working on urban tenure issues, LRR aims to make cities more sustainable.

  • Procedural Protections: In many countries, land and resource rights are vulnerable to government expropriation without compensation or proper procedural protections. Moreover, private acquisitions can fail to meet minimum safeguards of participation and transparency. As a major weakness in many countries’ policy and legal frameworks, LRR works to understand and improve land acquisition procedures around the world.

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