Land Tenure and Social Equity

Securing land tenure rights and promoting social equity and inclusion

Insecure community land rights threaten the livelihoods and well-being of at least 2 billion people, or 25% of the world’s population. Securing land tenure and community land rights can accelerate a just rural transition by supporting continued sustainable land use and biodiversity protection, improving rural livelihoods, and protecting the rights of indigenous and local communities.

In recognition of the importance of land tenure, social equity, and inclusion, we have established a specialised Working Group to bring together leading experts from organisations and initiatives. The Working Group aims to promote effective collaboration, provide strategic advice to the JRT’s policy and investment workstreams, and co-develop knowledge products to support our outreach and engagement. We are collectively working to:

providing specific, actionable recommendations for national-scale policy makers to consider how commitments to land tenure reform on national and international levels can be part of their activities to support sustainable development and climate goals.

in the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit, UN Convention on Combatting Desertification (UNCCD COP15), and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26).

to integrate land tenure rights within their solutions towards food systems transformation.

New Brief

Land Tenure in a Just Rural Transition: Restoring our Relationships to Land and Natural Resources

This initial brief identifies equitable and just land and natural resource tenure as the centrepiece of a just rural transition. As a global community, we need to urgently build on examples of progress to make the necessary changes to protect the natural systems that will sustain life for future generations. The high-resolution brief can be downloaded here, and a low-resolution brief can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in contributed to this workstream, please contact Hanna Khalil at hkhalil@merid.org.