Category: The Commons

The Commons encompass access, rights and governance of land, forests, water and other natural, social and economic wealth in South and Southeast Asia. Across the region, local populations in rural and urban areas are experiencing both erosion and capture of the commons, spurred by industrial agriculture, extractive industry, large infrastructure, property and real estate booms, urbanization, bio-piracy, replacement of indigenous seeds by genetically engineered varieties, and commodification and financialization of nature. Read more

Focus together with Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services (RIGHTS) co-organized with local people’s organization Kilos Ka a two- day discussion on land rights from April 15-16 in Begong Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur. The forum-workshop was attended by around 40 participants representin …

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Focus Policy Review on the Progressive Agenda in the 2019 Elections and Beyond This issue of the Focus Policy Review explores how the Duterte administration responded to key issues through its policies and action points. These responses, which in a nutshell are very neoliberal and authoritarian, fal …

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Marching under the banner “Tapat na solusyon, Hindi Tapal na solusyon” [True solutions, not band-aid solution] in the occasion of the World Water Day on March 22, 2019, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)–together with its member organizations affected by the water shortage in Metro …

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Press Release: Indigenous women’s action for Women’s Day “Ang lupa ay ginawa hindi para lunurin sa tubig. (Land was not created to be drowned in water)”. 8 March 2019, Quezon City – This is a line in the song sang in Dumagat, translated into Filipino, by the indigenous women in front of the building …

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  RCEP Negotiations Must Not Include Obligation to Join or Implement UPOV Systems and In Anyway Undermine Farmers’ Rights [Full text of Philippine civil society letter on RCEP and plant variety protection] The undersigned signatories are writing to strongly stress that the Regional Comprehensiv …

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  Press Release Manila Bay Para sa Tao slams anti-poor reclamation project QUEZON CITY—A group composed of fisherfolk, non-government, women, urban poor, student organizations, and other civil society groups marched to the Department of Agriculture (DA) office today to campaign against the over …

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LRAN Briefing Paper No. 4: New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory What is happening with the land and natural wealth around the world, and to the people who depend on them? How are people responding to these trends, threats, and challenges?In an attempt to tackle these questi …

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The Duterte administration’s rehabilitation of Manila Bay is set to begin on 27 January but a group of municipal fishers around the bay are decrying the lack of community involvement in the P47 billion clean up, and are demanding a more pro-people rehabilitation plan. “The government’s plan is ancho …

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India is witnessing today a large-scale decline in agricultural workforce, a declining growth rate, and a shrinking share in the country’s GDP. This booklet describes the Indian State’s historical and contemporary agricultural policies that have aggravated the current rural agrarian crises. It argue …

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This case study report has been written to present and reflect on the Lor Peang land conflict with KDC International, from the perspective of the Lor Peang community activists. It utilizes information collected by the community and their supporters over the last 16 years and focuses on the events of …

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