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The Struggle for Land

Indigenous Peoples and local communities collectively hold more than half the world’s land. But because they legally own only 10 percent of land globally, they’re particularly vulnerable to losing their homes to logging companies, mineral extractors, palm oil plantations and others. This loss of property can be devastating to communities who rely on land for their homes and livelihoods. It can also harm ecosystems, as Indigenous Peoples are typically good environmental stewards.

The Struggle for Land series explores challenges and solutions to protecting Indigenous Peoples’ and communities’ land rights.  Check this page regularly for future installments, or visit our Land and Resource Rights project page for additional research and information.

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Un nuevo informe del World Resources Institute (WRI) muestra que en muchos países, el proceso para formalizar los derechos de la tierra es extremadamente complejo, costoso y lento, y tarda hasta 30 años o más, pero las compañías normalmente pueden asegurarse derechos a largo plazo sobre la tierra desde un plazo de tan solo 30 días a cinco años.

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Eager to extract natural resources, governments and corporations are increasingly snatching land from indigenous groups. But these communities aren't standing by idly—they're mapping territory borders, protesting and even litigating to protect their land and resources.

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A new sugarcane plantation forced 600 Cambodian families off their land. Many lost all their belongings, and parents, unable to farm and afford school fees, sent their children to work in Thailand. It's a shocking story, but one that's all too familiar for the 2.5 billion people living on indigenous and community lands.

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