Today, 2nd March 2016, a Global Call to Action on community land rights is launched. Community Land Scotland supports the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights. All across the world local people are fighting for land rights in the face of land grabbing which is depriving them of their land, their human rights and a sustainable future.
In some parts of the world people are dying in the cause of protecting their land. Scotland’s history tells us that if you separate people from their land they will suffer disadvantage for generations. But if you can keep people connected to the land, or re-connect them after their land has been lost, you will provide future generations with new opportunities and a more sustainable future. In recent years Scotland has seen tenant and community land rights being strengthened, this is what many across the world also seek and should be able to have too.
It is only right that Scotland’s community land owners stand together with others across the world who are seeking a more secure and sustainable future in control of their own land. Read their Policy Asks / Join the Global Call to Action.
The launch today also sees the publication of this Common Ground report – Securing landrights and safeguarding the earth
This is a Global Call to Action aiming to engage and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, and individuals worldwide in promoting and securing Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights.
Our GOAL is to secure all Indigenous and community land rights everywhere. Our TARGET is to double the global area of land legally recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020.
Securing these rights is at the heart of building a just and equitable world. From health to education, participation to peace, growth to cultural diversity, Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to which our nations’ leaders have committed.
Life on Earth as we know it depends on the recognition of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as custodians of our planet.
If you consider these issues to be a priority, like we do, and want to join efforts at doubling the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020, join the Global Call to Action by signing up and help us ensure its success!