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Jaron Vogelsang

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How to Protect Community Lands

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Namati's Community Land Protection Program and partners use a five-part approach that supports communities to: proactively document and map their lands, strengthen local governance, seek formal government recognition of their land rights, and plan for the future of their lands. This toolkit is an online version of Namati’s step-by-step Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide. This online version splits the Guide into sections and includes links to related resources.

Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide

Rachael Knight, Marena Brinkhurst, Jaron Vogelsang, and Namati's Community Land Protection partner organizations

Namati's Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their land rights.

Chapter: Involving Government Officials in the Community Land Protection Process

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A chapter from the Guide that explains the importance of involving government officials in community land protection efforts and includes recommendations about how to effectively engage government stakeholders.

Chapter: The Art of Good Facilitation

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A chapter from the Guide that describes why good facilitation is key to the success of community land protection efforts and provides practical tips on how to improve facilitation skills.

Chapter: Context for Community Land Protection

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A chapter from the Guide that provides a short introduction to the global context for community land protection and the history of how Namati developed its community land protection approach.

Chapter: About Namati

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A chapter from the Guide that introduces Namati and how we work.

Chapter: Step-by-Step Overview of the Community Land Protection Process

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A chapter from the Guide that summaries the five stages of the community land protection process developed by Namati and partners.

Diagram of the Community Land Protection Process

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A visual representation of the five stages of the community land protection process developed by Namati and partners.

Chapter: Adaptation of the community land protection process

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A note from the Guide about adapting the approach and exercises in the Guide.

Chapter: Suggested Practices for Good Program Management

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A chapter from the Guide that outlines various lessons and tips for managing a community land protection program.

Chapter: Community Selection

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A chapter from the Guide detailing recommendations for how to select communities to work with and how to prioritize between communities.

Chapter: Ensuring the Participation of Women and Minority Groups

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A chapter from the Guide that emphasizes the critical importance of the participation of women and minority groups and shares practical tips to ensure their voices are heard.

Chapter: Working with Community Leaders

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A chapter from the Guide that discusses the importance of working closely with local leadership during community land protection efforts, and strategies to do so effectively.

Chapter: Preserving and Revitalizing Culture

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A chapter from the Guide that discusses how culture is central to community land protection and strategies for integrating culture into programming.

Chapter: Community Exit

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A chapter from the Guide that explains how to responsibly end community land protection efforts with each community – whether the process is complete or not – and avoid leaving communities in a vulnerable state.

Chapter: Introducing the Community Land Protection Process to Communities

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A chapter from the Guide that suggests how organizations can begin discussing community land protection with interested communities.

Chapter: Community Definition

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A chapter from the Guide that investigates the complicated question of how communities define themselves for the purposes of community land protection.

Chapter: Community Visioning

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A chapter from the Guide that explains the Community Vision activity, designed to build community unity and motivation to complete the community land protection process.

Chapter: Valuation of Community Lands and Natural Resources

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A chapter from the Guide that explains the Valuation activity, designed to build awareness of the value of common lands and natural resources and increase community motivation to complete the community land protection process.

Chapter: Establishing Terms of Engagement

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A chapter from the Guide that introduces a method for increasing a community’s sense of ownership over the community land protection process and improving accountability between a community and an implementing organization.

Chapter: Selecting and Training Community Land Mobilizers and Interim Coordinating Committees

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A chapter from the Guide about how to form and support an effective team of community members who can steward the community land protection process.

Chapter: Drafting By-Laws for Good Governance of Community Lands and Natural Resources

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A chapter from the Guide that gives an overview of the by-laws process and recommendations for how to facilitate it.

Chapter: The Content of the By-laws

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A chapter from the Guide that provides greater detail on the recommended content of community by-laws and prompts to help communities ensure their by-laws are comprehensive and implementable.

Chapter: Strengthening the Land Rights of Women and Members of Minority Groups

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A chapter from the Guide that offers strategies for leveraging the by-laws process to strengthen the rights of women and vulnerable populations.

Chapter: Making a Zoning/Land Use Plan

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A chapter from the Guide that explains how the community mapping activities intersect with the community by-laws process through the creation of a zoning and land use plan.

Chapter: Creating Land Governance Councils

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A chapter from the Guide that explains how communities can use their by-laws to build or improve their local governance structures, hold their leaders accountable, and support participatory, transparent, and democratic community decision-making about their collective lands and natural resources.

Chapter: Ensuring Implementation and Enforcement of Community By-Laws

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A chapter from the Guide that explains challenges that communities often face when implementing and enforcing their by-laws and suggests how communities can proactively prevent these issues.

Chapter: Supporting Transparent Management of Community Finances

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A chapter from the Guide that explains ways to address critical questions about community financial management during the by-laws process.

Chapter: Resolving Land Conflicts

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A chapter from the Guide about common reasons for local land conflicts and techniques to mediate and resolve them.

Chapter: Harmonizing Boundaries with Neighbors

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A chapter from the Guide that explains the recommended process for communities to negotiate and agree upon the location of their boundaries with neighboring communities.

Chapter: Marking and Documenting Agreed Boundaries

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A chapter from the Guide that considers various options for creating a final community map, including GPS measurements and surveying.

Chapter: Pursuing Legal Registration of Community Land Claims

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A chapter from the Guide that gives general recommendations for how to support communities to use legal procedures to secure registration or recognition of their claims.

Chapter: Preparing Communities for Negotiations with Investors

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A chapter from the Guide that details important skills and procedures for communities to prepare in case potential investors approach them seeking access to land or natural resources.

Chapter: Returning to the Vision with Community Action Plans

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A chapter from the Guide that suggests how to return to the earlier Community Vision to motivate communities to create specific, feasible action plans to move towards their vision.

Chapter: Integrating Livelihood Supports

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A chapter from the Guide with strategies for how the Community Land Protection process can support sustainable local livelihoods.

Chapter: Supporting Communities to Regenerate the Local Ecosystem

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A chapter from the Guide that provides a brief introduction to concepts and techniques of ecosystem restoration for communities that want to rehabilitate or enhance their local ecosystems as part of their community action plans.

Chapter: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

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A chapter from the Guide that introduces general good practices of monitoring and evaluation.

Chapter: Gathering Baseline and Endline Data

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A chapter from the Guide that explains the process of conducting a baseline and endline in order to measure impacts from community land protection efforts.

Chapter: Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation – Collecting Data throughout the Community Land Protection Process

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A chapter from the Guide that provides specific recommendations for collecting and using data in community land protection efforts.

Uganda Community Guide: How to Protect Your Community’s Lands & Resources

Judy Adoko, Teresa Auma Eilu, Jeremy Akin, Jaron Vogelsang, Rachael Knight

An example of an adaptation of the community land protection approach from Uganda. This guide from the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda and Namati presents a step-by-step process for communities to secure stronger legal protections for common grazing lands and improve local land governance, within the social and legal context of Northern Uganda.

Building resilient mechanisms for inclusive and accountable local land governance

Marena Brinkhurst (Namati), Jaron Vogelsang (Namati), Ali Kaba (SDI), Amira Kheir (International Land Coalition Secretariat)

In 2013, Duah village in Liberia faced a serious challenge. Private company Lion Growth Ltd. was interested in the acquisition of Duah customary land. Duah’s local leaders struck a deal with the company without consulting the community. As a result, Duah community mobilised and rallied around their new mechanisms for inclusive, participatory land governance and,...

Chapter: Mapping Community Lands and Natural Resources

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A chapter from the Guide that shares recommendations for designing the process of community mapping.

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Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

Posted August 14, 2016

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