Land tenure security revisited: Do we know what we need to know? | Land Portal
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Neil Sorensen,
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LANDac, the Netherlands Academie on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development, is a partnership between Dutch organizations working on land governance. The partners are the International Development Studies (IDS) group at Utrecht University (leading partner), African Studies Centre, Agriterra, the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group at Wageningen University, the Land Portal Foundation, HIVOS, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Enclude Solutions.

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On 15 December 2022 the LAND-at-scale Knowledge Management team hosted a webinar Land tenure security revisited: Do we know what we need to know?


Opening Session and Presentation of Study


Panel discussion, reflections, and closing




Strengthening security of tenure is considered a key outcome of the LAND-at-scale program as a pre-condition to improved livelihoods, resilience, and sustainable resource use. LAND-at-scale interventions employ a range of tools to achieve tenure security, in particular land mapping and registration. Despite the popularity of such interventions, the assumptions underpinning the impact pathways from registration to tenure security and derived outcomes such as improved livelihoods are not always built on a solid evidence base. 

During this webinar, we presented the findings of a study that disentangles different views on tenure security  and questions assumptions underlying land registration interventions. Central questions that need answers evolve around the conditions for land registration interventions to contribute to tenure security, and the differentiation in impacts and risks associated with such interventions. The presentation was followed by breakout sessions that provideed a space to engage in an interactive debate on some of these core questions and their underlying assumptions. The event concluded with a plenary panel to bring the lessons and insights together. 

This event aimed to equip stakeholders in the wider land governance community to better identify suitable opportunities for, measure the impact of, and manage adverse risks of, land registration for strengthened tenure security and improved livelihoods.

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LAND-at-scale is a land governance support programme for developing countries. The livelihood of a large part of the world’s population depends directly on having secure access to land. LAND-at-scale aims to contribute to fair and just tenure security and access to land and natural resources for all. This will lead to more sustainable and efficient use of land and natural resources for food, housing and production. It will also reduce conflicts and competing claims over land.

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