On October 9, the Indian Law Resource Center hosted a panel discussion to highlight Indigenous Peoples’ land rights and the impacts of development activities financed by the World Bank. The event, “Indigenous Peoples’ Lands and Development: World Bank Interventions and Lessons Learned”, was held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, as part of the Civil Society Forum in conjunction with the World Bank’s Annual Meetings. The panel brought together development and indigenous rights experts to identify key issues regarding indigenous peoples and land, and explore lessons from past World Bank interventions.
The discussion comes at a time when the World Bank is increasing its attention to land access, security of land tenure, and land administration as strategies for development. While land is a critical issue for development, when indigenous peoples’ lands are at issue, development outcomes often depend on the extent to which project design and implementation recognize the unique nature of indigenous peoples’ relationship to the land and their collective ownership rights over their lands and resources. Panelists examined various Bank projects, including World Bank support for demarcation and titling of indigenous territories in Nicaragua to implement the landmark Awas Tingni decision by the Inter-American Court, land and forest interventions in Honduras, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cambodia, as well as ongoing financing for land surveying and registry through the Guatemala Land Administration projects.
Agenda and Panelist Biographies
- Indian Law Resource Center, Submission to the World Bank on the Review and Update of its Social and Environmental Safeguard Policies, Leonardo A. Crippa, Gretchen Gordon and Chris Foley, May 2013
- Indian Law Resource Center, International Law Principles for REDD+: The rights of indigenous peoples and the legal obligations of REDD+ Actors, Leonardo Crippa, Gretchen Gordon,Sept. 2013
- Indian Law Resource Center, Comments on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund draft Methodological Framework, Gretchen Gordon, Oct. 4, 2013
- Tierra e Igualdad: Desafíos para la Administración de Tierras en Petén, Guatemala, Jorge Grünberg, Liza Grandia, Bayron Milian y equipo, Dic. 2012.
- Multi-ethnic Communal and Collective Forms of Tenure in Post-War Guatemala: Lessons from the Petén, Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz, Liza Grandia, Paper prepared for presentation at the “ANNUAL WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY”, April 8-11, 2013
- Inheriting Inequity: Land Administration and Agrarian Structure in Petén Guatemala, Bayron Milian, Liza Grandia, Paper prepared for presentation at the “ANNUAL WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY”, April 8-11, 2013
- ¿Y pa’ dónde trabajar? Cómo es la tierra en Petén, Dr. Liza Grandia en colaboración con la Fundación ProPetén y ACDIP - Asociación de Comunidades Campesinas Indígenas Para el Desarrollo Integral de Petén, Sept. 2013
- Ut b’aar anchal li k’anjelak ¿Chanru li ch’och aran Peten?, Dr. Liza Grandia rik’in xtenq’li molam ProPetén ut Asociación de Comunidades Campesinas Indígenas Para el Desarrollo Integral de Petén -ACDIP- (Alfredo Ché, xjalok ru sa’ Q’eqchi) Septiempr re li Chiab’ 2,013