Reduce bureaucracy for community, indigenous groups embroiled in land rights challenges, report urges

Formal land tenure claims — often stalled by costly legal disputes lasting up to 30 years – can only be properly implemented if they are backed by strong government support, according to a new report.

Honoring community and indigenous land tenure rights for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide whose livelihoods depend on collectively held land would help conserve forests, mitigate climate change, reduce environmental degradation and lead to sustainable development initiatives, said the authors of The Scramble for Land Rights: Reducing Inequity between Communities and Companies.

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