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This new WRI report estimates that legal and illegal mining in the Amazon now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands – over 450,000 square kilometers. It also finds that Indigenous lands with mining experienced higher incidences of tree cover loss than on those without – at least three times greater in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Yet national laws continue to favor companies over Indigenous communities, the study’s legal analysis reveals. It sheds light on this uneven playing field and offers recommendations for Amazonian governments and mining companies.


In the three years of President John Magufuli’s regime, there has been unprecedented activity in Tanzania's natural resource management. Tundu Lissu, Tanzanian lawyer and member of Parliament, will discuss the many implications on the Tanzanian economy and international economic relations.


Global platform of indigenous and community lands


Indigenous and community lands, crucial for rural livelihoods, are typically held under informal customary arrangements.

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The “resource curse" describes the paradox where countries rich in oil, gas, and minerals remain largely impoverished. Better transparency—both in how governments spend extractive revenues and how natural resource decisions are made—could help tackle this problem. While some new initiatives are making progress on this front, more needs to be done to ensure that drilling and mining doesn’t come at the expense of communities and the land, water, and wildlife they rely on.

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