'Land grabbing': is conservation part of the problem or the solution?

IIED Briefing
, 4 pages
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Published: September 2013
IIED Briefing Papers
Product code:17166IIED

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 as well as dispossessing 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. This briefing presents the experience of
international development, wildlife and human rights practitioners, shared at a symposium on land grabbing and conservation in March 2013.

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Blomley, T., Roe, D., Nelson, F. and Flintan, F. (2013). 'Land grabbing': is conservation part of the problem or the solution?. .
Available at https://www.iied.org/17166iied