News Summary: Companies face land dispute risks

News Summary: Companies face global risks in land claim disputes

Associated Press

WATCH OUT: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, a potential big new risk for global businesses.

BEHIND THE DATA: The study for the U.S.-based Rights and Resources Initiative used mapping technology to analyze land licensed for everything from agriculture to forestry to mining.

HOT SPOTS: The study found 84 percent of Argentina's soybean concessions overlap with community-claimed areas, potentially tying up $4.6 billion in production, while in Cameroon, 83 percent of all timber concessions overlap with community forests, putting at risk nearly a half-percent of the nation's entire annual economic production.

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