CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Tenure and tenure reform

Tenure and tenure reform

With governments, companies and local and Indigenous communities all vying for access to dwindling forest resources, getting tenure reform right is critical for future generations.

In many countries, uncertain tenure and overlapping rights leads to conflict and forest and land degradation, disproportionately affecting women, poor people and ethnic minorities. But with clear and secure rights, forest communities are more likely to take a longer-term, more sustainable view of forest management.

CIFOR-ICRAF equips policymakers, practitioners and communities in countries at various stages of tenure reform with a deeper understanding of the key drivers, challenges and future consequences of different policy options – especially for women, poor people and ethnic minorities. 

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Anne Larson

Team Leader, Governance, equity and well-being

Tenure and tenure reform: Fast facts

Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, and local communities have legally recognized rights to 15.3% of the world’s forests1
Of 31 countries that hold 70% of the world’s tropical forests, only 3 explicitly recognize community rights to carbon on lands owned by or designated for communities2

 

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