When Property Rights Systems Collide

The International Land Coalition has a new “guest post” by the FOLA (Focus on Land in Africa) team at WRI and Landesa.

It talks about clashes in understandings and applications of land tenure and  provides several examples of  innovations, experiments, failures, and successes  at the national, local or landscape scale:

  • Burkina Faso is implementing one of the most innovative pieces of rural land legislation in West Africa. It decentralizes land management, recognizes customary practices, and formalizes community rights to common property.

  • In Kenya, a new Constitution and land laws explicitly recognize that women have equal rights to land, and pilot projects are working to make this promise a reality for Kenyan women. Meanwhile, a Community Land Law is being developed to strengthen rights to land held in common by communities.

  • In Loliondo, Tanzania, the Maasai people have turned back a government plan to establish a 1,500 square mile wildlife corridor, which would be off-limits to the Maasai and their cattle, but open to private big-game hunters. The Maasai are now working to clearly document their rights to this land, which borders the Serengeti National Park.

  • In Rivercress County, Liberia, a new land policy that would grant secure land rights to rural people has already encouraged women to plant life trees—rubber and plantain—that will bring needed income and add value to their farms (Ali Kaba, Talking Land).

You can read the post here: http://www.landcoalition.org/blog/guest-post-fola-team-wri-and-landesa

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