Land grabbing worsens climate change

January 2019
New Vision (Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis)

A new report by the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA) has linked land grabbing to worsening climate change, calling on governments to secure community land rights to protect the world’s natural resources such as ‘forests’ that mitigate effects of climate change. It highlights the role of forest communities and indigenous people in protecting forests as carbon sinks and why it is important to recognise their land rights. Land grabbing by multinational corporations mostly for ‘commodity agriculture and mining activities’ is causing a double tragedy: denying indigenous peoples’ rights to own land and failing the battle against climate change as trees are cut. Cites examples of the Batwa people of Uganda and from the DR Congo.