Land Matters Media Scan – 7 October 2017

Photo by: UN Women/Deepika Nath

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


  1. How Land Rights Can Help End Hunger – written by Sarah Lowery (10/4/17)
    Source: Agrilinks
  2. The Fight for Land (10/4/17)
    Source: USAID Colombia LRDP
  3. Request for Information: USAID/DRC’s Responsible Minerals Program Planning (9/27/17)
    Source: USAID LandLinks / FBO
  4. Securing Land Rights: Making Land Titling Work in Rwanda, 2012-2017 – cites USAID’s Rwanda LAND Project (9/1/17)
    Source: Innovations for Successful Societies
  5. Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco: Procurement Notice (10/4/17)
    Source: USAID LandLinks / MCA-Morocco


  1. Responsible Large Scale Agricultural Investment in the Mekong Region: an online dialogue, 9-20 October 2017 (10/9-20/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  2. Learning Initiative on Innovative practices and tools to reduce land use conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers (9/22-10/1/17)
    Source: Land Portal

Reports and Publications

  1. Related report: Tenure and Investment in Southeast Asia
  2. FIDH report warns of “potential land conflict epidemic” (9/29/17)
    Source: Myanmar Times
    Related report: Land of Sorrow: Human rights violations at Myanmar’s Myotha Industrial Park
    Related report: Securing Community Land Rights
  3. Human rights in tension: guiding cadastral systems development in customary land rights contexts (9/29/17)
    Source: Survey Review
    Related report: Human rights in tension: guiding cadastral systems development in customary land rights contexts
  4. Dutch-Libyan report on resolving property disputes in post-Qaddafi Libya published (9/27/17)
    Source: Libya Herald
    Related report: Resolving real property disputes in post-Qaddafi Libya, in the context of transitional justice


  1. Opinion: Leaving no one behind — Why land rights must be the linchpin of sustainable development (10/3/17)
    Source: Devex
  2. Land Governance Assessment Framework (10/2/17)
    Source: The World Bank
  3. Habitat for all: secure land tenure and property rights matter (10/2/17)
    Source: Royal Town Planning Institute
  4. Community Land Protection and the SDGs (9/29/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  5. Lorenzo Cotula and Thierry Berger: On Transparency around Land Investment Contracts (9/26/17)
    Source: Earth Institute, Columbia University
  6. Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration (9/20/17)
    Source: IISD

Indigenous Peoples

  1. First global funding pact launched to secure indigenous land rights (10/3/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. Mobile app uses real-time satellite data to strengthen forest and land rights (9/26/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  3. Land tenure for forest peoples, part of the solution for sustainable development (9/29/17)
    Source: The World Bank
  4. Legalization of Indigenous Territories in Colombia (9/29/17)
    Source: The Amazon Conservation Team
  5. “Stewards Of The Forest”: New Film Shines Light On Indigenous Life Plans (9/29/17)
    Source: Ecosystem Marketplace
  6. Wapichan Set Up Ground-breaking System to Defend Human Rights and Monitor Ancestral Lands (9/20/17)
    Source: Intercontinental Cry


  1. Securing Land Rights in Africa – written by Frank Pichel (10/4/17)
    Source: Project Syndicate
  2. Mozambique: Sustainable Investments Are Not Always What They Seem (9/21/17)
    Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
  3. Sierra Leone News: Fourth stakeholder’s platform on VGGT implementation ends (9/27/17)
    Source: Awoko
  4. South Africa: Court declares land tenure act invalid (9/27/17)
    Source: GroundUp
  5. Tanzania: Achieving SDGs through land rights (tenure security) for women (10/5/17)
    Source: Land Portal
  6. Tanzania: Throwing money at displaced communities is not enough (9/26/17)
    Source: Oxfam


  1. Canada: Nova Scotia Giving Black Residents $2.7 Million To Settle Land Rights (9/27/17)
    Source: Huffington Post Canada
  2. Colombia: The FARC, land reform, and the future of Colombia’s security (10/1/17)
    Source: Global Risk Insights


  1. India: In State-Level Changes to Land Laws, a Return to Land Grabbing in Development’s Name (9/28/17)
    Source: The Wire
  2. India’s bullet train project reignites debate on land for ‘public purpose’ (9/25/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  3. Myanmar Govt to Redistribute Vacant Land (9/26/17)
    Source: The Irrawaddy
  4. Thailand: Rural Thais Converge on Bangkok to ask Gov’t to end Evictions (9/25/17)
    Source: Khaosod English