Tenure-secure indigenous and other community forestlands are often linked to low deforestation rates, significant forest cover, and the sustainable production of timber and other forest products. New WRI research shows that securing indigenous forestland is also a low-cost, high-benefit investment and therefore makes good economic sense.
This video illustrates Katari community farmers who rely on community land rights, and the challenges faced by governments who don't always back them up with legislation.
Securing community land rights help maintain healthier forests and lower CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Learn more about securing community forest rights to combat climate change.
The Rights to Resources interactive map presents information on citizen and community rights to natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa.
In much of Africa, land and natural resources are governed by separate laws under different property rights systems. As a consequence, one entity may legally hold the rights to the surface land while another holds the rights to the natural resources under the same land.
In developing countries around the world, rural people are losing their land and natural resources with often profound adverse effects on local livelihoods and wellbeing, and on local environments and ecosystem services.