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Quantitative Indicators for Common Property Tenure Security

By: Daniel Wilusz

Land tenure security measures the extent to which landholders feel assured in the exercise of their rights to access and use their land. In the case of communities, collective tenure security can be undermined by a wide range of factors including internal conflict over land use, over-exploitation of existing resources, and government or private enterprise appropriation of community resources. This report published by the International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) assesses multiple approaches and methods to evaluating and analyzing communities’ assurance of rights to land and natural resources. Systematically measuring levels of tenure security is a crucial first step for NGOs and governments to raise awareness and to efficiently allocate resources to the most vulnerable communities. Studies of past land-related conflicts, the community’s outlook on the future security of land and natural resource rights, as well as surveys determining the community’s awareness of their land and natural resource rights may all enable an accurate evaluation of a community’s tenure security.

Keywords: Land tenure security, common property, customary tenure, dependence upon common property.

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Uploaded on: Jul 27, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015
Year Published: 2010
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