Land Matters Media Scan – 6 April 2018

Photo by: Ryan Sarsfield, World Resources Institute/Global Forest Watch

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


  1. Webinar: The Business Case for Land Rights: Results from the 2018 Investor Survey (4/5/18)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
  2. Webinar: Private Sector Perspectives on Responsible Land-Based Investment, Part II (3/8/18)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
    Related: Private Sector Perspectives on Responsible Land-Based Investment: You Asked, We Answered
  3. USAID and IUCN Partner to Advance Gender in the Environment (3/23/18)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
  4. Colombia: Land Front and Center in Colombia (4/2/18)
    Source: USAID LandLinks
  5. Lessons Learned on Responsible Land-Based Investments in Mozambique – mentions Sarah Lowery (3/1/18)
    Source: Indufor
  6. Kenya: When the Maasai met the Maori: Kenya seeks to end geothermal land conflicts – mentions Power Africa (3/19/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  7. Liberia: Historical Injustices Should Be Addressed by Land Authority – mentions USAID’s LGSA project (3/22/18)
    Source: Daily Observer

Upcoming Events

  1. 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (4/23/18 – 4/25/18)
    Source: CIFOR

Reports and Publications

  1. Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps? (3/19/18)
    Source: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
    Related report: Governing Land Investments
  2. Women short-changed on commercial land deals in Africa – report (3/20/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Related report: A Fair Share for Women: Toward More Equitable Land Compensation and Resettlement in Tanzania and Mozambique
  3. Managing mining for sustainable development – A Sourcebook (3/20/18)
    Source: UNDP


  1. Legal activism key to securing land rights during new investment phase (3/20/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation
  2. Announcing the launch of the Research Consortium on Women’s Land Rights (3/23/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation
  3. A new global benchmark may reduce land conflicts (3/23/18)
    Source: The Business Times
  4. 10 years on, tenure remains a challenge for REDD+ (3/27/18)
    Source: CIFOR
  5. Up for grabs: How can we use our land sustainably? (4/3/18)
    Source: United Nations Environment Programme
  6. Agroforestry: Why don’t farmers plant more trees? (4/4/18)
    Source: CIFOR

Indigenous Peoples

  1. When rights to land doesn’t mean rights to resources (2/26/18)
    Source: CIFOR
  2. Brazil’s Land Battles (3/5/18)
    Source: World Policy
  3. In eastern Indonesia, a forest tribe pushes back against miners and loggers (3/5/18)
    Source: Mongabay
  4. Ecuador: Keep off our land, indigenous women tell Ecuador’s president (3/23/18)
    Source: The Guardian
  5. Peru: Isolated Tribes and Forests Threatened by New Amazon Road (3/23/18)
    Source: National Geographic
  6. Tech and collaboration are putting indigenous land rights on the map (3/26/18)
    Source: Mongabay


  1. Cameroon: Legal activism key to securing land rights during new investment phase (3/20/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. Kenya: 3,000 Ogieks evicted from forests to get land title deeds (4/1/18)
    Source: The Star
  3. Liberia’s new president must lead on land rights or risk conflict (4/3/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  4. Senegal: Senegal city races to move families as sea swallows homes (4/3/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  5. South Africa: ANC studies new tax to help drive shift in land ownership (4/3/18)
    Source: BusinessDay
  6. South Africa: Land reform policies criticised at HRC inquiry (3/29/18)
    Source: GroundUp
  7. South Africa: Expropriation Without Compensation: This Is The Legal Framework (2/27/18)
    Source: Huffington Post South Africa
  8. Tanzania: Women’s Land Rights and Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania (3/1/18)
    Source: SDGFunders
  9. Togo: The MCC approved a $35 million threshold program with Togo (4/4/18)
    Source: Togonews
  10. Uganda: ‘Buying air’, or how not to invest in land in Uganda (4/4/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  11. Uganda: Forgotten Women: How one woman is fighting against the brutal Uganda land grabs (3/7/18)
    Source: The Independent
  12. Zambia Should Protect Customary Land Rights (3/27/18)
    Source: Human Rights Watch
  13. Zimbabwe: Widows, land and power (3/19/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


  1. Brazil: Slaves’ descendants in Brazil braced for long fight for land titles (3/6/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. Colombia: Understanding the causes of Colombia’s conflict: land ownership (4/3/18)
    Source: Colombia Reports
  3. Latin American countries sign legally binding pact to protect land defenders (3/6/18)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Cambodia: A People in Limbo, Many Living Entirely on the Water (3/28/18)
    Source: New York Times
  2. Cambodian farmers sue Thai sugar group Mitr Phol over alleged land grab (4/2/18)
    Source: Thompson Reuters Foundation
  3. India: Eight land-related topics that need to be prioritized and urgently addressed in India – written by Tim Hanstad (2/23/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation
  4. India: Landesa’s Chris Jochnick: Property rights raise a woman’s self-confidence – written by Chris Jochnik (3/10/18)
    Source: Livemint
  5. Mongolia: Property rights in Mongolia: Making space for women? (3/8/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation
  6. Philippines: Coffee conquers conflict for business-savvy farmers in the Philippines (4/3/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  7. A Viral Revolution: Land Rights and the Arab Spring (2/20/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation