Community lands are all lands that fall under the customary governance of the community whether or not this is recognized in national law.
"Community land" is variously described as the community domain, community land area, community territory, or other terms (e.g., Tanzania refers to village lands, Ghana to customary lands, China to collectives, Cambodia refers to indigenous lands, etc.).
"Acknowledged by government" refers to indigenous or community land that is recognized in law as owned or formally set aside for Indigenous Peoples or community occupation and use. "Documented" means that the Indigenous Peoples or community have formal documentation of this land from the government (e.g., a title, registration, or other form of official documentation), including situations where: 1) formal documentation recognizing indigenous or community land rights has been extended and registered; 2) the government retains ownership of the land itself but has demarcated and formally set aside areas within which Indigenous Peoples or communities enjoy lawful occupation and use.
See the Community Level Data and Methods page on the LandMark website for more information.
LandMark source: Various. See the attribute box associated with each spatial entity to identify its data source and contributor. For an overview of data sources and providers per country, see the Data Providers page.
Frequency: Data are updated periodically as acquired, reviewed, and standardized.
Caution: LandMark aims to display the best-quality data available from reputable organizations and recognized experts, but does not endorse or verify the accuracy of any dataset. The platform includes maps and data on indigenous and community lands that are publicly available as well as information voluntarily contributed by individuals and organizations with their permission as detailed in a data-sharing agreement. The contributing individuals and organizations, which are documented in the Data Providers page, are responsible for their data. Users are encouraged to report any errors, omissions, or inconsistencies to the LandMark Operations Team (email@example.com) and the appropriate data provider. Amendments will be made on a periodic basis. For more information, see Data Quality standards.