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    by PLACE
    Friday, 22 March 2019 15:55 GMT

A woman reacts as devotees apply coloured powder on her face during celebrations for Holi outside a temple on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Discover all this week's top land and property rights stories from across the web

Now what? Indonesia’s indigenous people secure land - The Kasepuhan community in Indonesia are among a few indigenous groups who have been granted formal land rights and recognition by central government. Now, the group are planning for the future, seeking to attract eco-tourists and establish coffee farming to create jobs and income, reports Mongabay.

South African land activists take over golf club – More than 300 land rights activists in South Africa have occupied an upmarket golf club in Cape Town, calling for the land to be turned into social housing. The 'reclaim the city' group have campaigned for many years for under-utilised public land to be converted into affordable housing, reports Daily Maverick.

Palestinians to sue Airbnb in United States – Two Palestinian men will sue Israeli settlers for listing their West Bank properties on U.S. home sharing website Airbnb. The case will be a counterclaim after the Israeli citizens previously filed a case against Airbnb for removing the listing, more in Middle East Monitor

U.S. cities and states must work together - Cities are increasingly autonomous, taking strides on climate, land and housing policies without recourse to the state but is it time they worked together to solve shared problems? Domenick Lasorsa writes for the National League of Cities that from inclusionary housing polices, to rent control and property tax incentives, the two could empower real change in the United States. 

Could climate change board games help design cities? - An American academic wants to bring city planning to life in order to tackle the looming threat of climate change. Using playful and interactive board games she wants players to use architecture to tackle sustainability and economic resilience in cities, reports Fast Company.

Seattle train station turns to indigenous art - The third floor of Seattle’s King Street station is being transformed into an art gallery with the inaugural exhibition focusing on tales from indigenous people working together to lift the sky. The artwork will inspire and encourage passers-by to learn more about indigenous communities, reports KUOW.

Australia urges students to leave cities - Australia is urging students not to study in major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney but to go out to regional areas. The government is offering financial incentives and educational scholarships to encourage national and international students to study and work in regional towns to help control population, jobs and housing, reports Inside Higher Ed.

And finally, can nature have legal rights? - A group in the United States are testing whether a Lake in Toledo, Ohio, can have legal property rights. Local government passed a 'Lake Erie Bill of Rights' this week to guarantee the lake rights to ‘exist and flourish.’ The decision aims to move away from nature being viewed as property for mankind and have independent legal rights of its own. It's uncertain whether Toledo's law would be upheld by the courts, reports the Christian Science Monitor

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