Protecting Community Lands & Resources in Africa: Grassroots Advocates’ Strategies & Lessons | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

Resource information

Date of publication: 
December 2015
Resource Language: 
ISBN / Resource ID: 
mokoro:6599

In 2013, 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. Resulting from that meeting, this book is a collection of case studies and analysis written by and for practitioners, sharing a variety of creative and practical strategies for proactively confronting the forces that undermine community land and natural resource tenure security in Africa. It contains 5 chapters: addressing identity politics and self-imposed definitions of community; resolving inter- and intra-community land conflicts; strengthening local land and natural resource governance; responding to state-driven mega-projects, exclusionary conservation and forced resettlement; empowering communities to address large-scale land concessions. Countries covered are South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania, Liberia, Uganda, Togo, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
Stephanie Booker Rachael Knight Marena Brinkhurst
Corporate Author(s): 

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

Namati is an international organization that tests the potential of legal empowerment through innovative interventions and research. Through our work, we seek a better understanding of the impacts of legal empowerment and the most effective mechanisms for achieving them. 

Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organization, registered in South Africa since 2007.

Our vision is the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Our mission is to facilitate the full and effective participation of Indigenous peoples and local communities in the development and implementation of laws and policies that relate to the conservation and customary uses of biodiversity and the protection of associated cultural heritage.

Publisher(s): 

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

Namati is an international organization that tests the potential of legal empowerment through innovative interventions and research. Through our work, we seek a better understanding of the impacts of legal empowerment and the most effective mechanisms for achieving them. 

Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organization, registered in South Africa since 2007.

Our vision is the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Our mission is to facilitate the full and effective participation of Indigenous peoples and local communities in the development and implementation of laws and policies that relate to the conservation and customary uses of biodiversity and the protection of associated cultural heritage.

Data provider

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Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.

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