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Group Discussion on the Rights and Resources Initiative’s (RRI) Tenure Tracking Methodologies

Group Discussion on the Rights and Resources Initiative’s (RRI) Tenure Tracking Methodologies

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) invites you to a dedicated session to explore the many facets of its global Tenure Tracking methodologies, and to better understand the relevance, use and limitations of RRI datasets in both policy, advocacy and research settings. Since 2005, RRI has tracked the rights held by Indigenous Peoples and local communities to land, forests, and natural resources according to national laws and regulations. These data sets cover over 70 countries, and are used by researchers, practitioners, and experts in both governmental and non-governmental bodies – including indigenous, community and rural women leaders – to inform policy, strengthen national and international advocacy, and advance critical research concerning the tenure rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies tied to a common “bundle of rights” framework, RRI’s Tenure Tracking Databases can be used to produce cross-cutting comparative analyses on the distribution of land and resource rights across key populations and geographies, notably for Indigenous Peoples’, local communities’ and rural women’s rights. In addition, the baseline data established through these methodologies can be used to monitor progress on global commitments such as the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty (Goal 1) and advancing gender equality (Goal 5).

Stephanie Keene, a lawyer and Tenure Analyst at RRI, will provide an overview of these four methodologies and associated databases, including:

  1. The “Depth of Rights” framework establishing the legal basis for RRI’s statutory typology regarding land and forest ownership;
  2. The Forest Tenure Database, tracking the ownership of forestlands according to those administered by governments, designated for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and privately owned by individuals and firms;
  3. The Land Tenure Database, tracking land that is designated for or owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities across all terrestrial ecosystems; and
  4. The Gender Methodology, which assesses indigenous and rural women’s tenure rights within community-based forest tenure regimes.

Through technical presentations and open dialogue and engagement with participants, the session will provide practitioners and researchers with a more nuanced understanding of both the scope and limitations of RRI’s quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and learn how to incorporate these data sets into their own research and advocacy efforts. The event will close with a brief overview of future RRI tenure tracking work on community rights to water and carbon, and will provide participants with an opportunity to provide initial feedback.