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Is gender an important factor influencing user groups’ property rights and forestry governance?

Reports & Research
January, 2011
Kenya

[From CIFOR] This article explores the effects that gender composition of forest user groups has on property rights and forestry governance, based on data from 290 forest user groups in Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia, and Mexico. Findings indicate gender composition of user groups is important, but not always in the expected ways.

Focus on Africa: Kenya Lesson Brief, Government Control of Private Land Use

Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2010

This lesson brief looks at the government's control of private land use in Kenya. It is part of the Focus on Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool. Like other governments around the world, Kenya’s government has the authority to extinguish or restrict property rights over land and natural resources, including the authority to restrict the use of privately-held land for national and public interest purposes. Private land use restrictions have been used for environmental management and are increasingly being considered for biodiversity conservation purposes.

Focus on Land in Africa: Mozambique Lesson Brief, Delimitation of Land is Vital

Policy Papers & Briefs
December, 2010
Africa
Mozambique

Delimitation is the process of identifying the geographic boundaries of areas of land and preparing a record of that information. This lesson brief explains how delimitation helps communities identify the limits of the area they occupy and prove communities' customary rights to that land.

Land and Property Tax: A policy guide

Manuals & Guidelines
December, 2010

Land and Property Tax: a Policy Guide is a companion for government officials and land and property professionals seeking to understand how to establish a viable and vibrant land-based taxation system. Using various examples, alternatives and illustrations around the World, the Guide provides a compelling case for generating local revenue through land and its improvements.

Compulsory Acquisition of Land in Singapore

Peer-reviewed publication
November, 2010
Singapore

This article outlines the legislative history of the Land Acquisition Act (Cap 152, 1985 Rev Ed) and the philosophy behind the legislation. The main thrust of the article is its analysis of the circumstances leading to the amendments to the Land Acquisition Act. In so doing, it also examines the development of the compensation framework and its implications for landowners. A number of landmark cases on interesting issues have also been referred to and these serve to illustrate the changing paradigms of the State and the landowners with the passage of the laws on compulsory acquisition.

Whither Torrens Title in Singapore?

Peer-reviewed publication
November, 2010
Singapore

The Torrens system was designed to deal with problems of 19th century conveyancing practice and it is questionable whether it meets the needs of the 21st century. The doctrine of immediate indefeasibility of title exacerbates the growing problem of identity fraud and is capable of causing much injustice, which in itself leads to a high volume of litigation. This article considers the possibility of reform, in particular the introduction of a comprehensive insurance scheme and a move away from immediate indefeasibility.

Límites a la propiedad de la tierra: Antecedentes legales

Journal Articles & Books
August, 2010
Peru

El tema de los límites a la propiedad, o más precisamente del establecimiento a través de la ley de límites máximos a la propiedad de la tierra agrícola ha retomado actualidad en los últimos meses en el Perú. A la fecha se han presentado hasta tres propuestas legislativas al respecto, no obstante es necesario revisar algunos antecedentes antes de pasar a las propuestas mismas.

Land Act

Legislation & Policies
Legislation
May, 2010
Lesotho

"An Act to repeal and replace the law relating to land, provide for the grant of titles to land, the conversion of titles to land, the better securing of titles to land, the administration of land, the expropriation of land for public purposes, the grant of servitudes, the creation of land courts and the settlement of disputes relating to land; systematic regularisation and adjudication; and for connected purposes.

Enacted by the Parliament of Lesotho"

Country Profile: Bolivia

January, 2010

This summary of Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) issues in Bolivia is part of a series of LTPR Country Profiles produced by Associates in Rural Development, World Resources Institute and Rural Development Institute for USAID. The profile includes information on property rights and tenure concerning land, forests, freshwater, and minerals, as well as an aggregation of LTPR-related indicators. Options and opportunities for intervention by USAID are presented at the end of the profile, along with an extensive list of references for additional information.