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Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

By: Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and create opportunities for law reform and offers examples of reforms that have taken place in several African countries.

As noted in the text, one study in particular informed this Guide: Statutory recognition of customary land rights in Africa: An investigation into best practices for law making and implementation by Rachael Knight, Namati’s Program Director of Community Land Protection.