Land Matters Media Scan – 28 February 2017

Photo by: ICRISAT / FIAN

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items:


  1. Group urges improved land policies – mentions USAID’s SURGE project (2/17/17)
    Source: The Manila Standard
  2. Call for nominations: Equator Prize 2017 launches global search for nature-based solutions for local development (2/9/17)
    Source: UNDP

Upcoming and Recent Events

  1. Recognition of Customary Tenure in the Mekong Region: a Dialogue (2/27/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  2. Urban Land Conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean (2/24/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  3. Enhancing Open Access to Knowledge, Information & Data in the Mekong: Open Data Festival and Regional Capacity-building Workshop (2/28/17)
    Source: Land Portal

Reports and Publications

  1. Groups urge ECOWAS to wade into communities’ land rights (2/20/17)
    Source: The Guardian
  2. Related: Securing communal lands and forests (2/23/17)
    Source: FIAN
  3. No end in sight for land rows pitting owners and squatters (2/19/17)
    Source: Daily Nation
    Related World Bank report: Opening Doors to the World (2/9/17)


  1. Pope says indigenous people must have final say about their land (2/20/17)
    Source: The Guardian
  2. IASS, FAO and UNDP Highlight Resources to Protect Global Commons (2/21/17)
    Source: IISD
  3. Land Update: Global, National Partnerships and Projects Focus on SLM and Governance (2/14/17)
    Source: IISD


  1. The Dynamics Of Land Deals in Africa (2/3/17)
    Source: PLAAS
  2. The future of medium-scale commercial farms in Africa: lessons from Zimbabwe (2/20/17)
    Source: The Zimbabwean
  3. Uganda: Bring Back Land Cases to Clan Leaders, Emorimor Tells Soroti Chief Magistrate (2/15/17)
    Source: All Africa
  4. Sierra Leone News: Obliterating Legal Rights in Large Scale Land Deals in Sierra Leone (2/13/17)
    Source: Awoko
  5. South Africa: Land restitution without compensation would spell disaster for SA (2/17/17)
    Source: Biz Community
  6. Kenya: Land question: The elephant in the room (2/14/17)
    Source: Daily Nation
  7. Zimbabwe: Illegal settlers threaten Zimbabwe’s timber industry (2/21/17)
    Source: Place
  8. Nigeria: Controversy trails Cross River’s plan to overrule EIA on UN conservation site (2/27/17)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Jamaica: Gov’t funds LAMP land titling project through 2017/18 (2/20/17)
    Source: Jamaica Observer
  2. Brazil pushes on with plan to open farmland sales to foreigners (2/16/17)
    Source: Reuters
  3. This Land is Your Land: Patagonia and the Property Rights Fight (2/15/17)
    Source: The Huffington Post
  4. Colombia death toll rises as gangs fill vacuum left by Farc rebels (2/18/17)
    Source: The Guardian

Europe and Asia

  1. Caucasus “land grab” feared in remote UNESCO heritage site (2/20/17) Source: Reuters
  2. Israel’s Lieberman insists land swaps key to two-state solution (2/20/17)
    Source:Your Middle East
  3. China’s Massive Farming Potential Could Be Unlocked by Mortgages (2/30/17)
    Source: Bloomberg News
  4. Cambodia: Land feuds get top-level airing (2/23/17)
    Source: Khmer Times
  5. China: A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers (2/16/17)
    Source: National Geographic


  1. Australia: Indigenous land rights could halt Australia’s largest coal mining project (2/16/17)
    Source: The Ecologist
  2. Indonesia: Wilmar grabbed indigenous lands in Sumatra, RSPO finds (2/16/17)