Land and Water Rights: Story Collection

This collection highlights just a few stories about our work in this area. To find out more about how AJWS supports organizations that work to defend the natural resource rights of communities, visit our Land and Water Rights issue page.

On International Day of Forests, a look at the global guardians of our woodlands

Today, we mark the International Day of Forests, a day to commemorate forests and to…

Mobilizing Latin America’s Indigenous Communities on International Day of Action for Rivers

“What these water companies do not want to understand, is that for us, water has…

Land Rights Are Women’s Rights

According to the UN, women in the developing world make up 43% of the agricultural…

On World Environment Day, We Honor AJWS Grantees Fighting to Protect the Environment

AJWS is proud to support activists fighting to protect the environment in countries around the…

“Our vision is for a more just and equitable society”: Reflections from Guatemala

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, visited AJWS’s grantee organizations in Guatemala and has…

Defending Land Rights in Cambodia’s Highlands: Indigenous Communities take a Rubber Company to Task

In a remote province of northeastern Cambodia sandwiched between Laos and Vietnam, a war is…

Women Lead the Struggle for Land: Reflections from Guatemala

Maria Magdalena Xalcut is in her 60s, but she has more energy than most women…

Women Reaching New Horizons: Reflections from Guatemala

I recently met with Maria Auxiliadora Gualim López, the founder and general coordinator of AJWS…

Working Together to Save the Chixoy River: Reflections from Guatemala

The day began early. We left at dawn to pick up Eridania “Eri” Martinez, founder…

Mayan communities advocate for their land: Reflections from Guatemala

"The Time of Suffering"—what the Q'eqchi' Mayans call the 30 plus years of conflict that…

“I want my children to have our land back”: Reflections from Guatemala

Sandra Caled was born on a day believed to be special on the Mayan calendar:…

The fisherwomen of Nyakakoma: Reflections from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, visited AJWS’s grantee organizations in the…

Jeredy Malonga, who works for AJWS grantee CREDDHO

Safeguarding the Waters in Nyakakoma: Reflections From the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, visited AJWS’s grantee organizations in the…

Blood in the Water

Hundreds of Maya Achi people were murdered to make way for a dam in Guatemala.…

Protecting Land for Nicaragua’s Indigenous Communities

In 1996, Nicaragua issued permission for a corporation to cut trees on land owned collectively…

The Movement and the Mine

In 2012, Bernardo was shot and killed. Locals allege that he was assassinated by supporters…

Indigenous communities defend their land and way of life

Indigenous communities work together to defend their land and way of life. In Guatemala, indigenous…

Defending Land for Rural Farmers in Burma

Although the majority of Burma’s people live off the land, few Burmese laws give them…

Protecting Indigenous Communities from Mining

The rapid growth of mineral mining across Mexico has ravaged local communities. Poverty and disease…