Land and Agriculture

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Date: June 19-29, 2018
Location: Columbia University

Ask the Experts: Webinar on the Future of Land-Related Indicators in the 2030 Agenda

Date: September 18, 2017, 9:30am – 11:00am

Guide to Land Contracts: Forestry Projects

Agricultural investment contracts and forestry projects can be complex, with complicated provisions that are difficult to understand. To assist non-lawyers in better understanding agricultural investment contracts, such as those available on OpenLandContracts.org, CCSI has developed a Guide to Land Contracts: Forestry Projects. This Guide, prepared by International Senior Lawyers Project staff and volunteers in collaboration with the Columbia… read more

In Jharkhand, Using an Old Technique for Sustainable Water

By Sandeep Dixit and Abhijit Sharan
May 24, 2017

The Indian state of Jharkhand suffered an unprecedented drought recently, causing many rain-fed rivers and rivulets to dry up. Because of this, authorities felt it necessary to have sustainable water harvesting structures available to farmers. As a part of its water conservation efforts, the Centers for International Projects Trust in New Delhi collaborated with Ranchi’s Birsa Agricultural University to work on construction of small ponds (called “dobhas”) under its Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers’ Livelihood program. Once prevalent, these indigenous structures are helping farmers cope with the state’s water crisis.

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OGP Webinar: Using Tools to Advance Transparency in Land Investments

Date: April 26, 2017, 9:00am-10:00am EST
Location: Webinar

Briefing Note: A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This briefing note, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, outlines a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This discussion paper, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, proposes a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

What Now? Land Rights Lawyers on How to Champion Human Rights and Promote Responsible Investment in the Era of Climate Change and Trump

Date: January 30, 2017 12:10-1:10pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546

The Risks and Impacts of Expropriating Community Lands

By Sam Szoke-Burke
December 20, 2016

Government expropriation of community lands for the purposes of large land-based investments, such as agricultural or forestry concessions, has recently been the subject of increasing attention and debate, and for good reason. While there may be cases where a government considers that a community’s lands can generate greater public benefits if used as the site of a large-scale project, such considerations need to be balanced with the high likelihood that community members who have historically resided on, or otherwise accessed resources from, the land in question stand to extensively suffer adverse impacts and human rights violations if their access to the land is taken away.

Categories: Blog

Improving Openness and Transparency in Land-Based Investments: Goals, Challenges and Solutions

Date: December 9, 2016
Location: Paris, France