An article published by British newspaper The Guardian shows that amid promises for change land grabs are continuing and 61% of forest land is claimed for the government.

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Among the claims stated in the article:

• Over 513 million hectares of forest are held by indigenous people and local communities, but “governments still overwhelmingly claim ownership of forest land … over 61 percent of the total … in 2013”;

• “24 legal frameworks recognizing some form of community forest tenure” have been adopted in a sample of 27 countries since 2002, but only four of these recognize true ownership, just six were adopted post-2008, and not one of those six recognise ownership at all.

Read the whole article at http://www.theguardian.com/.

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