03 September 2015
This newsletter summarizes the work done by the Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point (LM - LAFP) during Phase I of this project, which started in August, 2014 and ends on July 31, 2015. This newsletter complements the information contained in previous newsletters.
The Land Matrix is a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. Land deals can be outright purchases, leases, or other land use contracts and agreements. They must be made after the year 2000, cover more than 200 hectares, and involve some sort of land use change.
FUNDAPAZ (Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz), member of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Latin American Network of Land Observatories (Red Territorios Visibles) is currently in charge of the LM-LAFP.
The technical team responsible for uploading and analyzing data on large land acquisitions is coordinated by the Research Institute on Renewable Energy (INENCO), a research center belonging to the Argentinian system of science and technology. The Red Territorios Visibles is coordinated by CEPES (Peruvian Center of Social Studies). The Research and Development Institute NITLAPAN of the Nicaraguan Central American University (UCA) is also part of the LM-LAFP consortium.