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Toward Sustainable Development in Liberia:
Landesa Launches 3-Year Land Rights Initiative
Work planning in Monrovia
In Monrovia, Landesa's Justine Uvuza (right) presenting on gender and women's land rights. Attended by implementing partners Foundation for Community Initiatives and Development Education Network-Liberia. 
The election of Liberian President George Weah – the first peaceful, democratic transition of power in Liberia in decades – is the latest sign of hope in a country once racked by violence.

Conflict over land was one of the root causes of the Liberian Civil War, which killed an estimated 250,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Now, Liberia has an opportunity to emerge from its turbulent history as a success story, by adopting a comprehensive land law that would secure legal protections for customary land rights and greater equity for women.

As lawmakers consider the Land Rights Bill, Landesa continues to build our support for pro-poor, gender-equitable land reform in Liberia. Last month, we launched the Land Rights for Sustainable Development (LRSD) Project, a three-year initiative designed to strengthen land rights in Liberia in law and practice. +
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Landesa welcomes new CPO Karol Boudreaux
"Landesa has been working for many decades now to ensure that women and men benefit from improved legal and policy frameworks, documented land rights, and increased awareness of and capacity to exercise and enjoy land rights and build better lives.

I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible mission."
Karol Boudreaux, Landesa's new Chief Program Officer, is a lawyer and land tenure and resource rights expert with two decades of experience in the field and as a researcher. Throughout her career she has supported improvements to tenure and resource rights around the world, with a strong focus on women’s land rights, responsible land-based investments and conflict. She has managed innovative pilot projects that developed and deployed gender-sensitive technology solutions to map and record land rights and enhance tenure security in Tanzania and Mozambique. +
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'Land sector review' with Tanzanian lawmakers
Eva in her field in Tanzania
To move land forward on the policy agenda in Tanzania, Landesa is organizing civil society organizations to contribute to a dialogue on land rights issues with lawmakers. In May, Landesa and representatives from Tanzanian civil society organizations met with members of a key parliamentary committee to conduct an annual “land sector review.” 

The Parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources, and Tourism, which oversees Tanzania’s Ministry of Lands, received feedback on six key challenges facing the land sector in Tanzania. These include inadequate budget allocation, the slow pace in implementing land use plans, growing conflict over land use, poor management of land data, ongoing land policy reform efforts, and women’s land rights insecurity. The group urged the committee to prioritize the land sector in developing its upcoming budget.

Through these recommendations, Landesa and our partners are urging lawmakers to prioritize the land sector. With more resources invested in land administration and related services, Tanzania can continue to bridge the gap between policy and practice and move toward stronger land rights for rural women and men.
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Sustainability and tenure security
How can land rights affect climate change?
When local women and men are empowered to make decisions over their land, the sense of security can create better outcomes for both communities and the environment.

If you're interested in learning more about how secure land rights for communities can impact climate change:
Landesa in the News
Farmer in Andhra PradeshLand Portal published a blog about one woman's experience within the land tenure system in Liberia, along with an announcement of the online discussion facilitated by Landesa, Land Portal, and the Sustainable Development Institute to encourage conversation and debate over the Land Rights Bill.

Devex published an op-ed by
Landesa Sr. Gender and Land Tenure Specialist Justine Uvuza and Cadasta Foundation CEO Amy Coughenour Betancourt on about the key role women's land rights play in achieving sustainable food security.

Thomson Reuters Foundation published an op-ed, co-authored with The Nature Conservancy, about the importance of including local communities in sustainable land management to combat land degradation.


 
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