Lack of local land rights harms fight against poverty, climate change study says. Ten percent of land in 64 countries analysed is owned by indigenous people and local communities, and 8 percent is controlled or managed by them, yet they claim or have customary use of as much as 65 percent of the world’s land area.

by Megan Rowling

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indigenous people and local communities lack legal rights to almost three quarters of their traditional lands, sparking social conflict and undermining international plans to curb poverty, hunger and climate change, researchers said.
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