Land Matters Media Scan – 18 May 2018

Photo by: Allison Shelley / Ozy

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


  1. Taking Back the Trees – Published by USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) program (5/15/18)
    Source: USAID CARPE
  2. Factoring in Land Rights in the Push for Sustainable Landscapes – Interview with Frank Pichel, co-founder of Cadasta Foundation and former USAID Land Tenure & Property Rights specialist (5/17/18)
    Source: Global Landscapes Foundation

Upcoming Events

  1. Global Landscape Forum Washington, D.C. 2018 (5/30/18)
    Source: Global Landscape Forum

Reports and Publications

  1. The Necessity for Open Data on Land and Property Rights (4/30/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation


  1. Landscape Transformation: What Does Power Have to Do with It? (5/13/18)
    Source: Global Landscapes Forum
  2. Sustaining Sustainable Development: Leveraging Human Rights Norms to Implement Land-Related Goals (5/17/18)
    Source: Impakter
  3. Why Measuring Land Tenure Matters: From the SDGs to Impact Evaluation (5/4/18)
    Source: Land Portal Foundation

Indigenous Peoples

  1. UNPFII 17 Adopts Recommendations on Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources (4/27/18)
    Source: IISD
  2. Bangladesh: Chittagong Hill Tracts: UNPFII Urges Respect of Accord Amidst Violations from Bangladeshi Government (5/7/18)
    Source: UNPO
  3. Brazil: A Forgotten People: Traditional Amazon Hamlet Fights for its Territory (5/9/18)
    Source: Mongabay
  4. ‘Freedom, but No Dignity’ – Brazil Slave Descendants Fight for Land (5/11/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  5. India: After Decades of Struggle, Rajasthan’s Bhil Adivasis Hope to get Land Rights (5/14/18)
    Source: The Wire
  6. Tanzania: Maasai Herders Driven Off Land to Make Way for Luxury Safaris, Report Says (5/10/18)
    Source: The Guardian


  1. Men that Champion Women’s Land Rights (5/4/18)
    Source: International Land Coalition
  2. Why Merely Owning Land isn’t Enough to Empower Africa’s Women Farmers (5/14/18)
    Source: The Conversation
  3. Ghana: Upper West Region: Local Authorities Lobby Landlords To Release Lands For Women Farmers (5/5/18)
    Source: Modern Ghana
  4. Why Kenya Hopes Blockchain Can End Land Grabbing (5/4/18)
    Source: BBC News
  5. Women in Kenya Risk Their Livelihoods to Stand Up for Land Rights (5/9/18)
    Source: News Deeply
  6. Kenyan Lawyers Wrangle with Government Over Land Registry Digitisation (5/7/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  7. Liberia: Senators Brace for Heated Land Rights Act Debate (5/9/18)
    Source: Daily Observer
  8. Namibia: Why The Herero Of Namibia Are Suing Germany For Reparations (5/6/18)
    Source: NPR
  9. Sierra Leone’s Small Towns Learn to Fight Against Land Grabs (5/7/18)
    Source: Ozy
  10. South Africa: This Land Is Our Land (5/3/18)
    Source: Foreign Policy
  11. South Africa: Land Redistribution: Government Announce Plans to Fast-track the Policy (5/11/18)
    Source: The South African
  12. Tanzania: Yes, Land Documents are Acceptable as Collateral (5/9/18)
    Source: Daily News

The Americas

  1. This Ungoverned Haitian City is Fighting to Stay Alive (5/15/18)
    Source: Ozy
  2. Venezuela: Maduro Visits Disgruntled Campesino Communities on Campaign Trail, Converses with Communal Leader Prado (4/30/18)
    Source: Venezuela Analysis


  1. Cambodia: Hundreds Protest Over Land Dispute (5/3/18)
    Source: Khmer Times
  2. India: Land Continues to Remain a Major Concern for Infra, Energy Sector in India (5/12/18)
    Source: Business Standard
  3. India: Land — The Forgotten Issue in Farmers’ Unrest (5/7/18)
    Source: The Hindu
  4. India: Slum Dwellers Get Land Right Certificates (5/8/18)
    Source: The Statesman
  5. Myanmar Court Convicts Farmers of Trespass in ‘Blow’ to Land Rights (5/8/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  6. Nepal: Govt Mulls Leasing Land to Run Transmission Lines (5/9/18)
    Source: The Kathmandu Post
  7. Philippines: Messy Land Ownership in Marawi Complicates Rehabilitation (5/15/18)
    Source: Rappler
  8. Thailand: Anger Over Land Rights Spills into Street Protests in Thailand (5/16/18)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation