Climate crash course – What do land rights mean for Indigenous peoples?

21 Oct 2022


Breaking down climate change in 15 minutes


In 2019, a group of organizations came together around the idea of creating a “standard” for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, to guide how Indigenous, Afro-descendant and local community rights should be included in the legislation, investment, and global development. In an Indigenous-led process that involved consultations with groups and communities around the world, the Land Rights Standard, as it came to be called, was developed over the course of the past few years, just in time to be launched in November at the Global Landscapes Forum at COP27.

Follow this episode of the GLF Live mini-series of “climate crash courses”, 15-minute lessons on foundational climate change terms and topics we might have overlooked in our learnings.


Key facts about the Land Rights Standard

Alain Frechette of the Rights and Resources Initiative and Gam Shimray of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact discuss the Land Rights Standard vision and goals through key facts:

  • It serves as the best practice for recognizing and respecting Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and Afro-Descendant Peoples, land and resource rights in landscape restoration, management, conservation, climate action, and development projects and programs.
  • One of its main objectives is to encourage all organizations to improve their own standards, certification systems, and commitments to rights-based approaches to sustainable landscapes.
  • The GLF, the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development, and RRI are currently seeking endorsements and commitments on the Land Rights Standard principles from climate, conservation, and development institutions, organizations, private companies, and investors.


Learn more about the Land Rights Standard




Language: English

Year: 2022

Location(s): Global