This one-day seminar focused on forests and 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, and this needs to be better recognized in and articulated in discussions on land rights and responsible investments.
The seminar examined these issues by bringing together representatives from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), SIDA, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The event contributed to knowledge sharing around forests and community land rights and discussed ways forward and concrete actions that different actors can play to advance those rights.
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