Documents - Community Organising

Investigating Illegal Timber

A Guidebook for Activitists and Communities: intended to help civil society identify illegal wood, track illegal timber to EU and US markets, and submit evidence to relevant authorities. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the guidebook summarises the state-of-the-art tools, methods and technologies for carrying out independent investigations into the legality of logging, trading, export and for tracking illegally sourced wood through complex supply chains to end markets. The guidebook is split into three sections. Chapter 1: Illegal Logging, Related Trade and the Response of Consumer Countries. This is an overview of the US and EU laws that have been enacted as a response to illegal logging. Chapter 2: How to Detect and Document Illegal Logging and Associated Trade and Follow Supply Chains, outlines how illegality functions in the sector and how individuals and organisations may investigate at various stages of the supply chain. Chapter 3: Using the Evidence, explains how information obtained during investigations can be used to support implementation of the law, improve policies and close the market to illegal timber. (Earthsight, 2016)

Protecting Community Lands and Resources in Africa

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. This book came from that gathering, five chapters detailing strategies and case studies illustrating grassroots advocates' lessons. (Booker, Knight, Brinkhurst / Namati / 2015)

Our Lifeways, Our Survival

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) have created this comic depicting indigenous peoples land use in Asia. It shows that land use is customary-based and is generally regulated by the community to allow equal access to resources. (AIPP, 2015)

Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators

This toolkit is for Indigenous peoples, local and mobile communities,and supporting community-based and non-governmental organizations (CBOs and NGOs). It is intended to support communities to secure their rights and responsibilities and strengthen customary ways of life and stewardship of their territories and areas. It is directed primarily towards facilitators from the communities themselves or from supporting organizations with whom they have long-standing and positive relationships. Produced by Natural Justice, their vision is the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities (Eds. Holly Shrumm & Harry Jonas., 2012).

Understanding land grabbing, land rights in the 21st Century

It is critical for farmers and advocates of land rights as well as the general public to understand how and why land grabbing is happening to make a more effective, strategic campaigning to address and stop it. In this special, double edition of Focus Policy Review, this is one of the main themes discussed. As the lead article underscores, “land grabbing...have almost always been framed within the themes of economic investment, human rights, and governance. Underpinning these themes is the issue of power...” because land grabbing is a political issue with economic goals. We need to know the basics about land grabbing—the who, what, where, and how—in order to grasp the complexities of the issue. (source:

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