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Addressing Land Corruption for Climate Justice

Land corruption seriously threatens efforts to fight climate change and achieve a fair energy transition. By undermining climate programmes, projects and practices, it fuels increased carbon emissions and negative climate outcomes. It weakens tenure security and contributes to human rights violations. By channelling funds and resources towards elites, and supporting harmful or poorly managed projects, land corruption also erodes the legitimacy and credibility of the climate agenda, reducing popular support for vital action.

Drawing on numerous examples and case studies, this report illustrates the link between land corruption and climate so that governments, donors, private actors and civil society in climate and anti-corruption fields can better understand how they interact. It puts forward concrete recommendations and best practices to prevent and mitigate the risk of land corruption, particularly in climate interventions, including strengthening land rights, increasing transparency and mainstreaming anti-corruption safeguards in the land and climate sectors.