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Briefing for Grass-Roots Organizations – Bridging the Information Gap: How Access to Land Contracts Can Serve Community Rights

Wallis, Lara; Szoke-Burke, Sam

Land contracts (also known as investor-state contracts, or concession agreements) show what commitments a forestry, farming or renewable energy company has made and what the government has said the company can do on the land. These promises define the positive and harmful effects the company’s project could have on community members’ livelihoods and human rights, and on the environment.

Accessing land contracts is a crucial strategy for local organizations. This briefing note explains how local organizations can use land contracts and OpenLandContracts.org to help communities to:
- Understand company and government obligations related to a company project
- Monitor whether those obligations are being fulfilled
- Hold companies and the government to account for bad contracts or for failing to deliver on commitments that are important to communities

Organizations can also use OpenLandContracts.org to raise broader public awareness about government contracting practices, and to campaign for contract transparency.

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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
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July 24, 2020