Source: Yale Environment 360

The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones.

Setulang lies within a forest conservation area managed by the indigenous Dayak people, who have fostered a thriving tourism industry based on the rainforest’s rich biodiversity and their own cultural heritage. After successfully ousting an oil palm company operating illegally in their territory, the Dayaks are now hoping the drones can help them protect their land.

Dayaks and Drones,” a video produced by Handcrafted Films, chronicles how the villagers teamed up with an Indonesian nonprofit to learn how to program and operate drones. Equipped with GPS technology, the small drones photograph the forest and monitor the area for illegal activities, especially plantations and mines. The villagers will use information gathered by the drones to create a detailed map of their land, which will help in future conservation efforts.

“The international community must help Indonesia accelerate the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples,” Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian indigenous rights leader (AMAN), tells the filmmakers. “

Announcement from Global Development:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a new Grand Challenge for Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development.  See: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/GCGHDocs/WGCD_RFP.pdf

We are looking for innovative solutions to effectively reach the most vulnerable women and girls (The most vulnerable women and girls = those most susceptible or already subject to child marriage, school dropout, child labor, HIV infection, sex work, early pregnancy, social isolation, hunger, malnutrition, gender-based violence, etc.)  to simultaneously improve health, development and economic outcomes (as appropriate to the proposed approach) for them, their families and communities, and empower women and girls and promote gender equality. We are most interested in solutions that generate evidence on how to empower women and girls and promote gender equality– particularly equitable decision-making power at individual, household and societal levels– sustainably and cost-effectively, with potential for scale. In addition to equitable decision-making power, BMGF will also consider other approaches that lead to increased women’s and girls’ agency and voice (e.g., control over assets/resources, personal safety, mobility, equitable interpersonal relationships).


The Foundation is looking for solutions in the following programmatic areas: urban sanitation; financial services for the poor; agricultural development; HIV/AIDS; family planning; maternal, newborn and child health;nutrition; and emergency relief. Further information on sector-specific areas of interest can be found in blog posts at http://www.impatientoptimists.org/. Multisectoral projects/solutions that integrate or combine sectoral programming and achieve outcomes in more than one program area as well as promote gender equality are of greatest interest to us and will be prioritized.


(a)   Providing 2-year exploratory grants at USD $500,000 to support the initial development and validation of solutions.

(b)   Providing 4-year full grants at USD $2.5 million to develop, refine, and rigorously test larger multi-sectoral approaches, including those that have previous data demonstrating proof of concept, and show promise and potential for scale.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Investigators in low-income and middle-income countries. Grants will go to investigators in low- and middle-income countries, but they encourage partnerships with investigators in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations. BMGF particularly encourage applications from women-led organizations and applications involving projects led by women.

3. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Low-income and middle-income countries.

4. SUBMISSION & DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Application deadline January 13, 2015. Go to:  http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/GrantOpportunities/Pages/WomenandGirls.aspx


Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) recently published “Development For Whom: Safeguard Policies and Projects of International Financial Institutions Affecting Indigenous Peoples in Asia.” Several cases were featured in this publication to demonstrate “the need for stronger safeguards consistent with recognizing and respecting the rights of indigenous peoples as well as better implementation of safeguard policies on the ground (AIPP,2014).” To download publication, click here.

AIPP. (2014). DEVELOPMENT FOR WHOM? . Chiang Mai, Thailand: AIPP.


Source: World Bank ; Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

The World Bank is pleased to announce the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty being held from March 23 – 27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants include leaders and professionals from across governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and partners to interact and discudd innovative approaches to improving land governance. Last year’s conferencee attracted more than 1,000 participants from 101 countries; 60 percent of participants were from developing countries, about a fourth representing government officials and another fourth from international organisations.

The theme for 2015 is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity. The topic highlights that while land tenure affects the distribution of assets between men and women, gegenrations, and social groups, patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socio-economic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. Although they are by no means a silver bullet, recent innovations in geospatial technologies provide exciting opportunities to document and analyze determinants as well as impacts of land use change that are of great relevance for policy, projects, and research in this area.

//  Conference Structure

The conference will start on March 23 at 5pm and conclude on March 27. A pre-conference workshop on ‘monitoring land governance’ will be held immediately preceding the opening session on March 23. Sessions comprising select papers and debates on important innovations and policy issues will run concurrently on March 24-26, together with poster presentations. An innovation fair featuring how innovations in technology and open data can help improve land governance at scale will be held on March 26 and a post-conference learning day on March 27 will offer hands-on classes to familiarize participants with cutting edge tools and techniques developed to help policy makers.

//  March 26 – Innovations Fair

A new feature to be introduced to the 2015 Conference is a full day focusing on solutions for land administration and management. Service providers and technology vendors are invited to present solutions in a show-and-tell day. The scope of the Innovations fair is expected to cover land and geographic information systems, earth observation satellite imagery data acquisition and applications, aerial imagery, satellite positioning applications and location based services, online services and e-governance, land surveying, data conversion, data security, standards, systems interoperability, open systems, social media, volunteer geographic information, etc. The Innovations Fair will encourage hands on interaction with conference participants looking for solutions to the land challenges of the post-2015 Development Agenda. The most innovative solution(s) will be recognized during the closing ceremony. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach out globally with your innovative solutions for land administration and management.

If you are interested in participating in the Innovations fair, please fill out the online form

//  March 27 – Post-Conference Learning Day

There has been considerable interest by participants to gain hands-on experience with cutting edge tools and techniques to access household modules in order to improve land governance. To respond to this interest, we will provide an opportunity to sponsors, partners, and those exhibiting in the innovation fair, to offer master classes or clinics for a limited number of participants in a classroom setting. Events will be published in the program book and participation will be by registration only, with the possibility of repeat classes if interest is high.

If you are interested in offering a masterclass, please fill out the online proposal by November 15th 2014. In case we receive more proposals than we have rooms available, preference will be given to sponsors.

//  Final Call for Abstracts

Papers are invited for presentation at the conference for the following thematic areas:

  1. Land tenure, climate smart land use, and resilience.
  2. The role of land tenure in effecting urban form, density, and urban-rural linkages.
  3. Impacts of large scale land-based investment, implementation challenges, and policy implications.
  4. Scalable approaches to improving tenure security and their impacts.
  5. Using geospatial technologies to monitor land use, improve delivery of land services, and improve land governance.
  6. Harnessing the potential of open data for transparency.
  7. Advances with securing and protecting land rights from a gender perspective.
  8. Innovations on improving access to justice.
  9. Tenure security in conflict states and resource rich economies.
  10. Benchmarking, performance monitoring and policy dialogue: from local to global.

Authors interested in presenting at the conference are requested to submit an initial 800 to 1,500 word abstract before October 31th 2014 using the online form. A technical committee will decide on paper acceptance and base these reviews on the following criteria:

  • Innovative nature and policy relevance
  • Contribution to the literature and general body of knowledge
  • Quality of methodology and analytical rigor
  • Links to capacity building and best practive exchange

Selection outcomes will be communicated by December 1st, 2014.

Authors of selected abstracts will need to register online by December 31st 2014 (incl. payment of a registration fee) and submit the final paper of between 6,000 and 12,000 words, together with a 200 word summary by January 31st 2015 and a power point for presentation at the conference by February 15, 2015.

Paper presenters are responsible to secure their funding for travel and accommodation at the conference (see the hotel page for details). Upon request, the conference organizers will be able to provide a letter of attestation to presenters in an effort to allow them to seek funding from other sources.

 // Host

World Bank

// Source

Land Conference 2015


Land Conference 2015 Land Conference

The Asia Regional Assembly and Asia Land Forum with the proposed theme: “People-centered policies on land and resources in post-2015 agendas across Asia on October 6-10, 2014 takes place at Gopnaad, Gujarat, India. The Asia Regional Assembly serves as the primary decision-making body for consolidating and approving priorities, initiatives and activities for ILC engagement at the regional, country, and local levels. Likewise, the Asia Land Forum is the venue to present and discuss priority land issues: people-centered land rights, land rights defenders, land and environment, among others.

To download the program, click here


The side event on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources that will be held on Sept. 23 from 10am to 12pm during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The event is co-organised by CBD,  FAO,  IFAD, ILC Secretariat, UNEP (all members of the IASG) and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN.

This event will precede the official Roundtable 3 of the WCIP on indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources, and the Panel discussion on Indigenous priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, taking place the same day in the afternoon. This event would therefore provide an opportunity for dialogue and reflection in preparation of these two high-level events.

 For further details, please see AGENDA in English, French and Spanish :

English: WCIP Side Event – Lands,Territories&Resources

SideEventFrançais: WCIP – Les droits des peuples autochtones – Evènement Paralèlle

Español: WCIP – derechos pueblos indigenas territories recursos – evento paralelo

 Please contact ILC Secretariat/David A. Rubio at d.rubio@landcoalition.org if you need further information.

Source:  ILC

The Learning Route on “Innovative Tools and Approaches to Secure Women’s Land Rights” was organised by the Women’s Land Rights Initiative of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Procasur in Rwanda and Burundi in February 2014.

A Learning Route is an educational journey built around the experiences of local organisations that are supported to systematise and share their knowledge with others. The 16 participants, or ruteros, in this Route, women and men from civil society organisations (CSOs) and government programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, learnt from the local organisations visited, and from each other.

During a week-long programme of visits and reflection, the ruteros learnt from the Rwanda Women Network (RWN), a national humanitarian NGO dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women; the Association pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (APDH), a community-based organisation in Burundi promoting peace and human rights through education and capacity-building; and the Programme Transitoire Post-Conflit (PTRPC), an IFAD-supported government programme in Burundi focusing on legal aid and awareness raising.

Participants learnt about the potential for empowerment of women’s solidarity groups, the strategic role played by paralegals, the innovative role of mobile legal clinics in improving access to justice, and the effectiveness of legal competitions to raise the awareness of rights and the procedures of claiming them. A key lesson emerging from the Route was that awareness of rights contributes to legal empowerment, which is particularly important to women in contexts where statutory law and customs diverge on women’s inheritance rights. Another lesson was that addressing or even integrating customary norms into approaches to secure women’s land rights is crucial in contexts where access to formal justice systems is limited. Last but not least, the experience of women involved in activities demonstrated how involving women in community life, as well as in projects and programmes promoting secure land rights, can create a virtuous circle of empowerment.

The Route clearly highlighted that CSOs working at the local and national levels have an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise to share with others, but that they face capacity and resource constraints in doing so. The methodology of the Route supports organisations in making this knowledge available to the ruteros, but also to a wider audience.

For the full report, as well as additional information, including the case studies and interviews with participants, please go to: http://landportal.info/content/learning-route-innovative-tools-and-approaches-securing-womens-land-rights-rwanda-and-burund




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