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Edward Loure, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for Africa, led a grassroots organization that pioneered an approach that gives land title to indigenous communities. Photo Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize
Tanzania
Global

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature Conservancy.

Edward Loure and The Nature Conservancy have a common story. The story is one of reducing conflict by finding common ground—in this case both literally and metaphorically.

Rwanda

By Sarah Logan and Mallory Baxter

African cities are rapidly expanding as the number of urban residents rises due to rural-urban migration and population growth. Ad hoc urban expansion contributes to an increase in unplanned settlements, urban poverty and inequality, and constraints on new residents, who are attempting to secure access to adequate housing, property rights, employment, and basic services.

A land rights inauguration ceremony in Mozambique, by Lasse Krantz
Africa
Mozambique

Despite certain progress in recent years a large proportion of the world’s rural population, especially in low and middle-income countries, still does not have statutory recognized rights to the agricultural land and other natural resources they have been using for generations and on which they depend for their livelihoods. They are, therefore, vulnerable to today’s escalating demand for land for large-scale commercial investments as well as to other external claims on their landed resources.

Local shops provided rural households with an alternative source of income and became part of farmers’ coping strategy to sustain their livelihoods in the aftermath of land dispossession.  Photo Credit: Diana Suhardiman/IWMI.
Global
Laos

By Diana Suhardiman and Emily Koo

Laos has conceded a significant amount of land to foreign investors, with estimates placing 15% of the country’s land under foreign control. Such land concessions, or the granting of rights to land, are positioned by the government as critical to economic growth and poverty reduction.

Global

Forests are the lifeline and cultural heritage of at least 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia

The world’s remaining forests, the planet’s biodiversity, and rivers are found in indigenous peoples’ territories. However, rampant large-scale development projects without regard to the environment and the indigenous peoples inhabiting these areas are threatening to wipe out populations and extract resources.

Africa

By: Eileen Omosa, PhD

To talk about land tenure, land rights and security of tenure on land without confusing your readers, listeners or self makes sense for a number of reasons: you will capture the attention of your audience, the participants will learn from you, makes it easier for you to respond to comments or questions, and readers will continue to seek you out on related issues. Read the rest of the blog for an elaboration of the two concepts.

Azerbaijan

By Victoria Stanley, Senior Rural Development and Land Specialist at the World Bank

I recently had the opportunity to see the mobile offices run by the State Service for the Registration of Real Estate (SSRRE) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  These mobile offices provide the same services any citizen can receive in a physical SSRRE office, but they literally come to you.

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