The Steering Group was established in 2013 to guide and advise on the development and management of LandMark. Steering Group members communicate and interact with each other regularly by email and conference calls, and convene in person one to two times per year. There are currently 12 members of the Steering Group:
Liz Alden Wily, Independent Land Tenure Specialist
Mission Statement: To see one billion poor customary landholders acknowledged as legal owners of family and community lands by 2030.
Interests: Liz is a political economist specialising in customary land tenure with a focus on legal securement of common properties and institutionalisation of inclusive and accountable community based land governance systems. She works independently as analyst, policy adviser and practitioner, mainly in Africa, and contributes to various global and regional initiatives.
Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN)
Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
Mission Statement: Realization of justice and prosperity in Indigenous people’s lives; Political sovereignty, economic independence, and cultural dignity for Indigenous peoples.
Interests: AMAN is an independent organization of Indigenous peoples on the basis of membership are Indigenous communities that agree to and uphold the principles, vision, mission and goal lines struggle as contained in the decisions of the Congress of the Indigenous peoples and continuously engage actively fight enforcement of customary rights and the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples as a whole.
Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)
Headquarters: Gajurat, India
Mission Statement: As ‘ecological security’ is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, FES is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.
Interests: FES presently works with 5,900 village institutions in 31 districts across 8 states, and assists the village communities in protecting more than 637,000 hectares of common lands including revenue wastelands, degraded forest lands and Panchayat grazing lands (Charagah lands). FES supports Panchayats and their subcommittees, Village Forest Committees, Gramya Jungle Committees, Water Users Associations and Watershed Committees in order to improve the governance of natural resources.
Instituto del Bien Común (IBC)
Headquarters: Lima, Peru
Mission Statement: To work with rural communities in Peru for the care of the commons (water bodies, forests, fisheries, protected areas and community lands), thus contributing to the welfare of these populations and of all Peruvians.
Interests: IBC works across landscapes of the central and northern Andean Amazon, on projects related to territorial planning, governance of the commons, preservation of the environment, sustainable development, respect for the rights and culture of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples and promotion of scientific and local knowledge. IBC has been mapping community lands in Peru for 15 years and is a member of the RAISG mapping group for the Amazon Basin.
International Land Coalition (ILC)
Headquarters: Rome, Italy
Mission Statement: ILC is a global alliance of over 152 civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together across the globe to put people at the centre of land governance, responding to their needs and protecting the rights of those who live on and from the land.
Interests: As a global and united alliance, members of the ILC envision a just, equitable and inclusive world in which land rights are secure, and poverty is eradicated. The change we seek is defined in our 10 commitments to jointly realise people-centred land governance. All members individually and collectively contribute to the realisation of these commitments in policy, practice and agenda setting at their respective levels of action.
Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, Inc. (PAFID)
Headquarters: Quezon City, Philippines
Mission Statement: An association of people interested in the problems of cultural minority groups.
Interests: PAFID is engaged in the development of Indigenous social organizations, management of ancestral domains, community-based natural resources management planning, community mapping, agro-forestry, technical services, policy advocacy and more.
Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
Headquarters: London, UK
Mission Statement: To support Indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights to land, life, and livelihood by assisting them with: 1) Securing and controlling the natural resources necessary for their long term well-being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future; 2) Developing means to protect their individual and collective rights and obtain, shape and control basic services from the State.
Interests: RFUK promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of the problems related to deforestation and paving the way for local people to benefit fairly from the use and protection of forest resources.
Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG)
Coordinating Institution: Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), São Paulo, Brazil
Mission Statement: To generate georeferenced information regarding the socioenvironmental situation of Amazonia and make it publicly visible and available in ways that help all world citizens to value and take better care of this incredibly diverse assemblage of peoples and ecosystems.
Interests: The RAISG network has successfully brought together a multidisciplinary team from seven institutions around the Amazon Basin to develop maps and analyses that focus on the situation of the entire region. RAISG is coordinated by ISA in São Paulo Brazil. Its member organizations include: Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) in Bolívia; Instituto do Homem e do Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (Imazon) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) in Brazil; Fundación Gaia Amazonas (Gaia) in Colombia; EcoCiencia in Ecuador; Instituto del Bién Común (IBC) in Peru; and Provita in Venezuela. Major products of RAISG include maps of Amazonia: Indigenous Territories and Protected Natural Areas (2009, 2012); Atlas of Amazonia under Pressure (2012), a map of Carbon Density in Indigenous Territories and Protected Natural Areas (2014), and Atlas of Historical Deforestation 1970-2013 (2015).
Rights and Resource Initiative (RRI)
Headquarters: Washington, DC, USA
Mission Statement: To support local communities’ and Indigenous Peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting greater global commitment and action towards policy, market and legal reforms that secure their rights to own, control and benefit from natural resources, especially land and forests.
Interests: RRI works together with both Indigenous peoples' and community organizations, civil society, Governments, international institutions, and the private sector to promote and accelerate global efforts to improve local livelihoods, reform forest tenure and governance, combat poverty, mitigate the effects of climate change, and deliver sustainable development.
Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran (UNINOMAD) / Centre for Sustainable Development (CENESTA)
Established: 2010 (UNINOMAD); 1992 (CENESTA, Member & Secretariat of UNINOMAD)
Headquarters: Tehran, Iran
Mission Statement: Restoration of the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and traditional local communities (LCs) over their natural resources and customary territories and their conservation (preservation, sustainable use and restoration) in the context of ICCAs*. Special emphasis is on working with the 700 indigenous nomadic tribes of Iran as well as farmers, fisher folks, forest peoples, and other traditional indigenous, rural and urban communities.
- Defending and restoring the customary rights of indigenous peoples, including through the application of participatory GIS systems and advocacy for rights-based approaches.
- National and international policies and programmes for sustainable livelihoods and poverty eradication.
- Collaborative management of natural resources.
- Community based natural resource management.
- Community empowerment.
- Sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty and agro-ecology.
- Facilitating the self-organisation and federations of IPs and traditional communities through strengthening customary institutions of governance.
(*) Indigenous peoples and community conserved territories and areas.
World Atlas of Indigenous Peoples' Territories (WAIPT)
Headquarters: Paris, France
Mission Statement: To create and maintain a global collaborative database of geographic information related to indigenous lands, giving higher visibility to indigenous peoples and organizations, thus encouraging greater awareness of indigenous presence and territorial issues.
Interests: WAIPT is a collaborative project between Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Survival International (France), and the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris III, with the support of the Ile-de-France region. WAIPT aims to gather and analyse geographic information regarding indigenous lands and resources in order to present a global depiction of the political situation of indigenous territories and the threats they are facing.
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Headquarters: Washington, DC, USA
Mission Statement: To move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
Interests: WRI’s Land and Resource Rights (LRR) project works with governments, civil society organizations, development agencies, and other actors to strengthen communities’ land, resource, and property rights as a path to poverty reduction, sustainable development, and environmental management. Operating across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, LRR’s work focuses on connections between land and equitable access to forests, food, and water.