Around the world, people and communities are active in defence of the commons, territories, and peoples’ rights. From peasants protecting their seeds and traditional practices from transnational agribusiness to forest communities resisting destructive logging, many of these collective struggles take place in rural areas. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas represents an important step forward in strengthening legal frameworks that recognise collective rights, particularly in relation to environmental rights and control over the territory.

This publication is an update of “Collective Rights in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas” briefing note produced by Andrea Nuila for FIAN International, March 2018.