International Institute for Environment and Development | Land Portal
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IIED
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lorenzo.cotula@iied.org

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United Kingdom
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Mission

Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others.

Who we are

IIED is one of the world’s most influential international development and environment policy research organisations. Founded in 1971 by economist Barbara Ward, who forged the concept and cause of sustainable development, we work with partners on five continents. We build bridges between policy and practice, rich and poor communities, the government and private sector, and across diverse interest groups. We contribute to many international policy processes and frameworks, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UN conventions on climate change and biological diversity.

What we do

IIED carries out research, advice and advocacy work. We carry out action research — generating robust evidence and know-how that is informed by a practical perspective acquired through hands-on research with grassroots partners — and we publish in journals and maintain high research standards. We advise government, business and development agencies, and we argue for changes in public policy. We focus on bottom-up solutions, stay open to flexible, adaptable solutions and are marked by a tradition of challenging conventional wisdom through original thinking.

International Institute for Environment and Development Resources

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Policy Papers & Briefs
July, 2021
Africa

For the past few decades, efforts to strengthen women’s land rights in many sub-Saharan African countries have primarily focused on a single approach: systematic registration through individual/joint certification or titling. While registration — individually or with a spouse — may support tenure security in specific contexts, the sheer complexity of land governance practices and tenure arrangements across the continent (both formal and customary) often render an emphasis on systematic titling inadequate.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
May, 2021
Cameroon

The Cameroonian government’s decision to reform the land legal framework is an opportunity to provide real protection for rural land tenure rights, in a context where major investments and projects are increasing tenure insecurity across the country. Responding to an invitation from the administration to help design this new framework, civil society stakeholders have issued multiple proposals over the years on the topics they think should be included in the new land law. The LandCam project has documented, analysed and consolidated these proposals.

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Reports & Research
May, 2021
Cameroon

La décision du gouvernement camerounais de réformer le cadre juridique du foncier est une opportunité d’assurer une réelle protection des droits fonciers ruraux, dans un contexte où les investissements et les projets à grande échelle augmentent l’insécurité foncière à travers le pays. En réponse à une invitation de l’administration à contribuer à la conception de ce nouveau cadre législatif, les acteurs de la société civile ont énoncé ces dernières années de nombreuses propositions sur les sujets à intégrer dans la nouvelle législation foncière.

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Mapping community development requirements in the mining sector
Other legal document
Maps
April, 2021
Global

IIED, the Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) have created a collection of community development laws for the mining sector to encourage and facilitate better research and policy. The resource, with all community development laws available to search via the map above and all legislation and agreements in the list below, includes relevant legislation from 54 countries. All documents are available to download in PDF format.

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défis et perspectives pour la reconnaissance des droits légitimes
Policy Papers & Briefs
March, 2021
Guinea

En Guinée, la législation foncière et les processus de réformes successifs ont montré leurs limites face à la multiplication des grands projets d’exploitation des terres et des ressources naturelles en milieu rural. Le gouvernement a lancé récemment de nouvelles réformes de sa gouvernance foncière.

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défis et perspectives pour la reconnaissance des droits légitimes
Policy Papers & Briefs
March, 2021
Guinea

En Guinée, la législation foncière et les processus de réformes successifs ont montré leurs limites face à la multiplication des grands projets d’exploitation des terres et des ressources naturelles en milieu rural. Le gouvernement a lancé récemment de nouvelles réformes de sa gouvernance foncière.

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Farmer-herder conflict in sub-Saharan Africa?
Reports & Research
October, 2020
Africa

This report responds to heightened concerns over rising levels of farmer-herder conflict across a wide band of semi-arid Africa. We assess the quantitative evidence behind this general impression and review the explanations in the scientific literature, in the light of known issues with long-standing attitudes towards pastoralism and mobile populations. Looking at the data available, we find that total levels of all forms of violence have been rising in the last ten years — especially in some countries in West and Central Africa.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
June, 2020
Cameroon

Land in Cameroon is under growing pressure for many reasons — powerful commercial interests, changing climate conditions and shifting demographic flows including mass migration and increasing population density. The rights of rural communities and indigenous people to access and use land for farming and grazing have been eroded — primarily due to failure to recognise customary land tenure rights, land use conflicts and lack of effective local governance. The country’s land legislation is indeed outdated and not compatible with customary law and local realities.

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Meaningful work for mobile youth that enhances forest landscapes

Reports & Research
March, 2020
Global

This report explores how forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) can best nurture youth and address youth migration. Youth (15-24 years of age) bring energy and innovation to forest and farm production systems. Of a total global youth population of 1.2 billion, 85% live in developing countries where they make up the mainstay of the rural workforce. Yet, 75% of youth are currently classified as underutilised (unemployed; in irregular or informal jobs; or outside of formal education and training).

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Thematic Case Study 3

Lessons from responsible land investment pilots in sub-Saharan Africa, Case Study 3

Reports & Research
March, 2020
Malawi, Mozambique, Western Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone

This paper is one of three thematic case studies resulting from a set of pilot projects undertaken jointly by civil society and private business partners from 2016–2019 in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. These pilots sought to test how private companies could collaborate with civil society organisations and other stakeholders to implement responsible agribusiness investments that recognise and respect community land rights, and to develop innovative tools and approaches that could be adopted and implemented at greater scale.

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