Science for Action

The Science for Action Series is jointly coordinated by the International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Global Land Programme (GLP). It brings together key findings from research networks relevant to ILC’S ten commitments to People-Centred Land Governance. The series facilitates exchange of knowledge between scientists, civil society, and grassroots organisations to strengthen efforts of land users, practitioners and policy-makers to bring about positive change in land governance.

Commitment 5: Securing Land and Territorial Rights for Indigenous Peoples

Science for Action: Commitment 5

As indigenous peoples’ land and territorial rights are under threat, the International Land Coalition, the Global Land Programme, and partner groups that take a people-centered land governance approach are committed to their recognition and protection. This brief refers to Commitment Five, to: Respect and protect the inherent land and territorial rights of indigenous peoples, as set out in ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by recognizing that respect for indigenous knowledge and cultures contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment. It is based on the research of CIFOR, the Center for International Forestry Research, a member of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR), and an ILC member. You can download the brief in high resolution (6.3 MB) or low resolution (< 1 MB) and download the endnotes.

Commitment 10: Protecting Defenders

As indigenous peoples’ land and territorial rights are under threat, the International Land Coalition, the Global Land Programme, and partner groups that take a people-centered land governance approach are committed to their recognition and protection. This brief refers to Commitment Ten: Respect and protect the civil and political rights of human rights defenders working on land issues, combat the stagmatisation and criminalisation of peaceful protest and land rights activist, and end impunity for human rights violations, including harassment, threats, violence and political imprisonment. This brief is based on research carried out by Trócaire, an agency of the Irish Catholic Church and member organisation of the ILC. You can download the brief in high resolution (5.1 MB) or low resolution (< 1 MB) and download the endnotes.