Lessons from the Field: Responses to Encroachment

Community land protection efforts must often confront cases of encroachment, where individuals have claimed part of community land as their own private property. Namati and the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU) have witnessed this in many communities in northern Uganda, where encroachment disputes often threaten to undermine or stall community land protection efforts. Over the past five years, LEMU has developed ways to assess these conflicts and respond appropriately. This Lessons from the Field elaborates on LEMU’s approach to encroachment conflicts and reflects on the effectiveness of this approach to date.