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First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched

Native peoples struggling to retain or regain stewardship of forests that sustained them for countless generations may finally have backing from an organisation with both swag and sway. The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility -- the first and only global institution dedicated to securing the indigenous land rights communities worldwide -- was formally launched in Stockholm on Tuesday. Funded by Sweden, Norway and the Ford Foundation, a major US philanthropy, the Tenure Facility has already provided grants and…