Land grabbing: is conservation part of the problem or the solution?
Tom Blomley et al, IIED, September 2013

This briefing shares the experience of development, wildlife and human rights practitioners, shared at a symposium on land grabbing and conservation in March 2013. As large-scale land acquisitions are increasing in pace and scale, in particular across parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, weak governance and poor land use planning mean that commercial ‘land grabs’ often damage biodiversity and dispossess people from customary rights and livelihoods. Land can also be ‘grabbed’ for ‘green’ purposes, triggering conflicts that undermine potential synergies. Expanded state protected areas, land for carbon offset markets and REDD, and for private conservation projects all potentially conflict with community rights. Such conflict is counterproductive because secure customary and communal land tenure helps enable sustainable natural resource management by local communities. Download the briefing [pdf] …