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International Day of Indigenous People: Land Rights and Biodiversity Conservation

Legal recognition of land rights is a necessary basis for successful biodiversity conservation and restoration. To be effective, the process must include rural land users, with attention to intersecting vulnerabilities faced by women, youth, and other marginalized groups.

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August 22, 2020

With a historic legal decision, India marks progress toward equal inheritance rights for daughters

The Supreme Court of India recently ruled that daughters shall enjoy equal rights to inherit family land – an overdue and welcome shift toward greater equality for India’s women. The Court’s decision provided much-needed clarity on the scope of rights provided to daughters through the 2005 Hindu Succession Amendment Act.

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August 21, 2020

Peace of Land: A Woman’s Right to Safety May Depend on Her Right to Own Property

The more I listen to women – as they talk about their past experiences, their present needs and their hopes for the future – the more confident I become that a piece of land has the power to break this cycle of oppression and lift women up, empowering them to live a life of dignity, autonomy and self-worth.

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June 12, 2020

Respecting land rights with PepsiCo

To help strengthen land rights for rural women and men and help mitigate risk to businesses, Landesa frequently advises companies on best practices for respecting land rights in their operations and supply chains. Recently, Landesa worked with PepsiCo to create the ACRE Framework, which enables PepsiCo to track its Land Policy globally, across crops and borders.

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June 10, 2020

Community participation will be essential to the success of India’s rural property mapping effort

The Government of India announced an ambitious effort to map residential areas in villages using drone technology and provide “property cards” to these rural owners. Landesa’s Shipra Deo and Pinaki Halder share several recommendations for implementation.

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May 22, 2020