Indigenous peoples supports conservations but when peoples do not know its content and scope, even more importantly, their free, prior and informed consent has not been granted, they will surely against it.

The surge in large-scale commercial and conservation interest in land by domestic, international, private, and public actors has prompted a wide variety of stakeholders to consider how such investments may contribute to, rather than erode, local development priorities. The emerging body of evidence points to the significant risks of negative impacts on: access to and control over natural resources, household economies, food security, human rights, and the environment.

Decision-making around such allocations and investments is frequently done in secret and without the knowledge or consent of communities affected, who are consequently unable to hold governments or commercial investors to account. Such a lack of mechanisms or political will to ensure transparent, accountable, and equitable decision-making in the acquisition and allocation of land concessions undermines governance and the democratic process. It fosters an environment where high-level corruption between political and business leaders prevails, where elite capture of natural assets becomes the norm, where human rights are routinely abused with impunity, and where investment incentives are stacked against companies willing to adhere to ethical and legal principles.

Global demand for land is predicted to remain high–especially in frontier markets struggling with inadequate governance frameworks, tenure rights, or rule of law–where there majority of the population are rural and dependent on land for their livelihoods. Policy makers are looking to transparency as a means of leveraging improved State and corporate behaviour, and empowering affected communities to hold them to account. However, in-depth understanding of the opportunities such leverage provides is yet to emerge; a gap this blog aims to fill.

I acknowledge that these ideas are not mine. The origin of each ideas and articles are fully recognised with links attached. This is just my blog for easy referencing of issues of interests

via Just Conservation

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