Today, around the world, there is more and more competition for increasingly scarce lands and natural resources. In this context, community members should be prepared to interact with potential investors seeking community lands and natural resources. These investors may be local or national elites, government officials, or international investors. They may ask for a few hectares, or thousands of hectares. There are three main “moments” that communities may face in this context, each of which requires different skills and knowledge.
Critical analysis of these wider trends—and how they will affect the community—will help community members and their advocates be better prepared for investors’ requests for community lands and natural resources.