What rights? measuring the depth of indigenous peoples and community forest tenure

This brief presents some preliminary results of a legal analysis conducted by RRI to provide a fuller picture of Indigenous Peoples and community forest tenure rights globally. This analysis unpacks the collective rights to forestland and forest resources held by communities and codified in law. RRI has developed a database monitoring the dynamics of statutory forest tenure rights over time in approximately 45 forested countries covering more than 90% of the world’s forests. The present legal analysis complements the tenure distribution data by clarifying what legal rights are associated with Indigenous Peoples community forest tenure regimes