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Communities thriving through development

Communities thriving through development

Thriving communities

Indigenous and farming communities are groups of people with roots in a given area, be it historical, cultural and, of course, economical.

These groups develop a strong sense of belonging not only to each other but to the land they call home. When community land undergoes a change in the way it is owned and utilised, it can lead to serious conflicts.

Specifically, companies coming in to develop a commercial operation do not always understand the complexities of land tenure and how that can differ from country to country. Too often, communities are not compensated, consulted, or even warned about the coming development, which can lead to struggle and suffering for all involved. The solution can’t be to stop all development. However, it must start with engagement and dialogue. Forging positive relationships with communities is not just good for commercial operations, it is essential to build mutual respect and safeguard fundamental rights.

Facts

There are 370 million people who identify themselves as indigenous people.
It’s estimated that indigenous territories contain 80% of the planet’s biodiversity.
Land conflict remains a problem with 70 people killed in Brazil in 2017 alone.

Our work

Respecting the rights and lands of communities is an element we infuse in all our work, both on the ground and in board rooms. We encourage strong commitments and provide tools and know-how, namely in the form of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) approach. It is also why we launched the Centre of Social Excellence, an educational program committed to transform development conflict into collaboration and opportunity.

Our programmes linked to communities

Centre of Social Excellence –
From conflict to collaboration
Respect –
Treating all workers equally and humanely
Rurality –
Putting the farmer at the heart of society

Projects

Aceh Tamiang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Southern Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

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