At least one person is being killed in an environmental dispute around the world each week as the battle for land, natural resources and forests becomes increasingly violent, with killings having doubled in the last three years, according to a new report from Global Witness. As global consumption increases, the battle for access to land, forests and other natural resources is intensifying, so Global Witness called on governments to ensure that citizens with concerns over how land and forest are managed can speak out without fear of persecution. They said investment projects and land and forest deals should be open and fair. This means seeking free, prior and informed consent from affected communities before deals are approved.
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Survey finds sharp rise in killings over land and forests
by Global Witness in 2012