On the 10th of September 2014 there will be a seminar at the University of Gothenburg: “Securing Forest and Community Land Rights – Challenges, Trends and Ways Forward” with the aim to contribute to knowledge sharing and discuss ways forward and concrete roles that different actors can play to advance forests and community land rights.
The seminar will focus on forests and other off-farm areas that constitute vital resources for the food security and livelihoods of the rural poor in many developing countries. These lands are often used in integrated ways by local communities under communal customary arrangements while often formally owned by the state. Unclear land rights make these resources and associated livelihoods particularly vulnerable in the current context of increased demand for land; this needs to be better recognized and articulated in discussions on land rights and responsible land investments.
The event is co-organized by LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative) at the University of Gothenburg, RRI (Rights and Resources Initiative), Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and the “Forests, Landscapes and Food Security Theme”.